The USMLE is a three-step exam series, with the second step divided into two tests -Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS). This latter component is the only portion of the USMLE not taken on a computer. Instead, it involves mock interactions with "standardized patients" — that is, individuals who receive training to act as actual patients. The goal of this part of the exam is to assess medical students' ability to obtain histories from patients, perform physical examinations and communicate findings with both patients and other medical professionals. EduPristine & Becker have partnered to offer Step 2CS training's by expert Faculty in New York.
The content of Step 2 CS covers a broad spectrum of common and important disease processes and includes mock patients with a variety of backgrounds and personalities. The physical systems tested fall into the following categories:
Most of the questions examine your knowledge of basic facts and definitions. Major part of the questions deal with your ability to solve problems using basic scientific principles.
The exam can be taken only in the US at 5 Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centres, located in:
To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2017 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2016. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2016.
|Upcoming Step 2 CS Workshop Dates in New York City|
|February 13, 14 & 15, 2017|
|March 6, 7 & 8, 2017|
|April 3, 4 & 5, 2017|
|May 8, 9 & 10, 2017|
|May 31, June 1 & 2, 2017|
|June 26, 27 & 28, 2017|
|July 24, 25 & 26, 2017|
|August 21, 22 & 23, 2017|
|STEP 2 CS COURSE FEATURES|
|Course Fees||1300 USD|
|An intensive preparatory 3 Day Workshop by Becker|
|Expert instruction from Mark H. Swartz, MD CEO of C3NY, who has helped over 6,500 candidates pass Step 2 CS|
|A comprehensive approach to preparing for the exam that is engaging and focused on practical skills.|
|Exam-focused material that covers the topics critical to scoring high.|
|Hands-on practice and immediate feedback so you can fine tune your history taking, physical examination, and communication skills and succeed on the exam.|
Indian Candidates who are interested in USMLE course have to register on ECFMG. To apply for USMLE examinations, you must submit an application through the appropriate registration entity to the following link:ECFMG Online Services
Becker has tied up with ACGME hospitals in Chicago for clinical rotations. ACGME is the sole accreditor for all graduate medical education in the United States and the hospitals for students will have US and other International medical students (and graduates) along with medical residents. Students are required to purchase their own medical malpractice insurance.
|Clinical Rotations through
Becker in Chicago area hospitals
|Course Fees||Malpractice Insurance fees|
|4-weeks ($725/week)||INR 194,000 + 15% Service Tax||Buy||USD 250|
|8-weeks ($700/week)||INR 374,000 + 15% Service Tax||Buy||USD 350|
|12-weeks ($675/week||INR 550,000 + 15% Service Tax||Buy||USD 400|
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|Course Fees||INR 50,000|
|Shortlisting upto 75 programs|
|Editing Personal statement, LOR and CV|
|Guidance with the ERAS Application|
|Residency mock interviews|
|Assistance with Rank Order lists|
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