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    Passed CS.... Whew! My tips for you.

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    So after going in unprepared the first time (don't ask ) and failing, I was really worried about my next CS. Took it in Dec and finally got the results today and passed. So relieved. I would have had to withdraw from the match had I failed.

    The only advice I can give is....
    Study FA, hard. I photocopied and cut out each individual mini case study and used them as flash cards. Went through them a few times until I was sure I could come up with a quick differential and workup for a given set of symptoms.
    I also did real-time practice with a partner (spouse works as well as a fellow student) including writing out a full PN and performing exams, timed. Went through the full cases in CS twice.

    To be perfectly honest I felt the same after my second time as the first, and scored MUCH higher on the second, way above borderline, so I guess it shows just how subjective this exam is.

    On your test day, stay calm, have differentials in your mind when going through the door and take a focused history while ruling out any major risk factors. Know your mnemonics, and don't get too caught up with details during the physical exam.

    Good luck to all!
    PGY 2
    Step 1 - pass - 4th attempt Step 2 - pass - 1st attempt CS - pass - 2nd attempt,
    Step 3 - pass - 1st attempt
    MATCHED 2010. Psychiatry


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    thanks for the reply very helpful!

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    thanks for sharing.can u plz tell me which exam centre is better for img?LA or chicago?

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    congrats and thanks for the post

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    You didn't study and failed. You studied and passed. Doesn't sound subjective to me.

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