The Ultimate Guide and Review for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

The Ultimate Guide and Review for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam

By Mark H. Swartz, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY; Director, C3NY (Clinical Competence Center of New York); Dean of Medical Education, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY


Section I: THE BASICS OF THE STEP 2-CS EXAMINATION

1. Background information

2. What are Standardized Patients?

3. Purpose of the Step 2-CS

4. Examination Length

5. Examination Format

6. Eligibility for Step 2-CS

7. Registration for Step 2-CS

8. Fees for Step 2-CS

9. Location of Regional Clinical Skills Evaluation Centers

10. Scoring of Step 2-CS

11. Score Reporting

12. On Your Exam Day

13. Description of the Examination Center

14. Other Important Information About the Examination

15. Suggested Time Management

16. Types of Examination Cases

17. The Patient Encounter

18. Announcements During the Examination

19. The Patient Note

20. Important Web Sites

Section II: COMMUNICATION SKILLS

21. General Principles

22. Conducting the Interview

23. Basic Interviewing Techniques

24. Format of the History

25. After the History ? Before the Physical Examination

26. Specific Patient Challenges

27. In Summary

Section III: AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE

Section IV: 30 PRACTICE CASES

Case 1: Headache in a 34-year old man

Case 2: Vomiting in a 2-year old child

Case 3: Shortness of Breath in a 57-year old woman

Case 30: ...