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    dranubha07 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    lost all hope.... plzz help

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    I'm an IMG and graduated 6years back ,done post graduation in medicine from India, cleared step 1 (95 score) 1st attempt, step2k (99 score)Ist attempt but got my results today for step 2cs....... failed, is there still a scope for me ..... should i leave it , or appear for step2cs again. I'm totally shattered.....need help, i failed communication skill component of exam , how can i improve my chances of passing next time

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    Oh my you did sooo well, do it again!!! If you have a chance do the kaplan course, you will do awesome!!! You can explain when you get all those interviews!!!

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    thanks a lot for the encouragement , if i clear step2cs and also step3 with high scores would it help me.Are there some ways to improve communication skill component of exam other than joining kaplan classes.

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    If not Kaplan, you need a study group for sure..

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    thanks again this is enough for giving me a start for preparation

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    TAKE CS ASAP make sure u take it before Jan 1. The exam is ** and will not really affect your app. make sure that when the next open date comes up u go asap. buck up and pay if u have to.

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    get the CS dvds on E bay,or get a tutor ,there are quite a few of them on line,

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    If I take it before 1st Jan my results would be out by 2nd Feb, I had applied for programms in internal medicine but will not get any interviews now as my step2cs result will be displayed in my application ....what are the advantages of appearing for exam before 1st Jan.......,those prog that say need 1st attempt on step1 and step2....does it include cs also. Can you please guide me about the online tutors...THANKS EVERYONE FOR BEING SO HELPFUL

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    Quote Originally Posted by dranubha07 View Post
    If I take it before 1st Jan my results would be out by 2nd Feb, I had applied for programms in internal medicine but will not get any interviews now as my step2cs result will be displayed in my application ....what are the advantages of appearing for exam before 1st Jan.......,those prog that say need 1st attempt on step1 and step2....does it include cs also. Can you please guide me about the online tutors...THANKS EVERYONE FOR BEING SO HELPFUL
    Step 2 CS is an important enough exam. Of course, there are those who say its **** exam, but usually those ppl have failed previously (multiple times, even) and their advice should be taken with a grain of salt.It is obvious from your stats that you clearly have the knowledge and critical thinking skills to be a competent doctor, however, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will be able to communicate effectively with your patients - this is evident from your CS failure. Being able to communicate with your patients in a way that they will understand plays a huge role in how comfortable they feel with you as their doctor. My point is that, regardless of what anyone says, do not underestimate this exam - it is important enough. Evidently you're aware of how important it is, since it directly affects your application status for the match.The key is to practice speaking medical English - the First Aid has a good list of well-phrased questions. Try to practice using those. If you are not very fluent in speaking English in general, then you better start speaking now! Listen to the English news (preferably a reputable one) - best to make sure you're pronouncing things correctly and using correct grammar.You have to understand that unlike CK, the CS is more of a test of your approach towards your patients. So even if you get the DDx and Tx/Mx 100% correct, you may fail, if you didn't do the following - Did you drape your pts? Were you careful not to expose them too much during the phys. exam? Did you emapthize with their pain/problem? Were you comforting? Attentive? Pleasant? Did you thank them for their patience? Etc etc...

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    dranubha07 is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Thanks for advise, I will surely act upon your advise and put my 100% in preparing this exam this time and not take it till I'm well prepared in spoken English and communication skills.....thanks again

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