Finland

Hello Dr. Swartz,
Yesterday I got the letter that I had passed the test. Praise the Lord! I sure am grateful. The course helped a lot and was helpful and interesting in other ways, too.
Coming from the background of having practiced quite some years and, in spite, having failed the test once, I realized I really needed help. I needed help in understanding the exam, what they were looking for, what issues were critical and also getting feedback on my ways of doing things. In addition, the fact that I have worked in a specialty setting (Neuro-oncology) with a totally different tempo, it created a need for advice. I was also aware, that when in a book it is suggested to show compassion, I do not necessarily know how to do it culturally properly.
The course was realistic, positive and hard work in a very stimulating environment. A truly unique spirit was present; all questions were answered, and you never seemed to be in a hurry. I learned to understand the setting of the test and some of the backgrounds. I learned a lot of how to analyze relating to patients and how to do it in practice. There was attention to both small details and to the big picture. The practices were most helpful, likewise the meeting with the standardized patients.
I would have no hesitation to recommend the course. Particularly for colleagues who have not practiced in the US at all, I think the course is a MUST before taking the test. I personally have benefited not only for passing the test but also for my work here at home and my future work in the US.
With best regards and thank you!
Merja Kallio, M.D., Finland

Germany

Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I am happy to tell you that I got the results this Saturday and I passed! It took only 4 weeks to get the results. I would like to thank you again for this wonderful workshop; it was more than that – it was an experience not only for this exam but for life and my future practice. I will be always grateful to you for this.
I did not find the exam too difficult. It’s really all about focusing on the patient and trying to remember what to do next. I found all the things you taught in the workshop very useful. I wasn’t nervous in the exam and that’s because I was well prepared. Most of the answers to the questions were “no” which did not make me concerned because I knew from the workshop that’s what to expect. I also never froze even if the patients were not cooperative – I knew that all what the SP do is on purpose, so I just tried to deal with it the best I could. I think the most important thing that you also told us is to treat the SP as a real patient – only this way you can be empathetic and caring enough. I hope these comments help.
Again thank you so much for helping me pass. Your workshop really stressed what is important – it’s all about the communication. I don’t think I would have been prepared in the right way had I studied alone.
It was also a real pleasure to meet you both. I think you are two extraordinary, highly knowledgable and very caring people, and your work is highly appreciated. I would also like to thank the actors – they were great and helped me a lot to prepare for the SP in the exam.
I hope you will keep doing the workshops for more years to come! I wish you all the best, and I will recommend you to all my friends who want to take the exam.
Agata Bogusz, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz and Dear Anna,
As promised I write to you. I have passed Step 2CS and am very happy about that. Thanks for your excellent workshop. Now I am one step further ahead. LetB4s see where this road will lead me.
Thanks again!
Gottfried von Keudell, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
I took your course this past July, and I just learned that I passed the USMLE Step 2CS exam. Thank you for this great course! Those three days were a great learning experience.
It was a brilliant and VERY effective course and a real pleasure to get to know you and your wonderful team. After visiting your course in NYC, I felt confident that I not only knew everything I needed to pass, but I also received a lot of advice and many tips that will be useful throughout my professional career!
Andreas Barth, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I learned my lesson; I passed USMLE Step 2CS.
Maybe you remember my story. I had taken USMLE Step 2CS and failed before I attended in your course. Six months after your course, I was in Atlanta and passed the exam. All this made me very aware of the importance of clinical history taking and the examination.
I received the German certification for a doctor of internal medicine, and I am now working in a department of emergency medicine. I found this to be the place for improving my skills of history taking an examination in a broad range of internal (and neurological, surgical) diseases. Every day my illness scripts are getting better.
Thank you again!
Mark Kirsch, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz and Dear Anna,
Yesterday, I received my score report for the USMLE Step 2 CS. I passed in Chicago one day after finishing your course in October.
Thank you both for the good training! And good luck to the next fellows training with you!
Andrea Vuck, M.D., Germany
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
After nine long weeks of waiting, I finally received my results and guess what…I passed! I took the Step2 CS Workshop in August, and thanks to you and your team I was well prepared not only for the exam but also for my future profession as a doctor.
I just want to thank you two and all at C3NY for your help and all the valuable advice you gave. The course was great, and I recommend it to all I know.
Nils Peterson, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
I think I passed Step 2CS… how sure can I be with the “oasis-trick”… meaning trying to schedule a new appointment for the exam and getting a screen saying that I cannot apply because I already passed it and won’t be allowed to do it again…???
The results were sent on December 6th, and I guess it will take some time for them to arrive in Germany.
Did your workshop help?… Yes, yes, yes!!!
It really helped being prepared for this test! Without this workshop, I wouldn’t have known where to put the emphasis in the interaction with the patient, and I would have felt like a fool most of the time… which I did though,but it really helped knowing that certain things didn’t really care and focusing on what you taught us.
I’ll keep you updated.
Per Sommer, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I am happy to tell you that I got the results in June, and I passed!
I took the Step 2 CS Workshop in April and the exam in May. The course was great. I had hardly any time to prepare for the exam. The course supplied me with all the important information required to pass the exam. It was perfect to take the course before studying by myself.
I want to thank you two and all at C3NY for your help and all the valuable (!) advice you gave. It gave me a lot of reassurance for the actual exam.
Simeon Janzen, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz, Dear Ms. Lank,
This is Paula from Germany, and I am keeping my promise I gave you in the October class.
At the day of New Year’s Eve I got a very scaring e-mail telling me that my score report was available…..GREAT!!!! big party only a few hours away and then this e-mail!!! My heart rate was something around 200/min of sudden onset…almost a malignant VT!!! I only needed to sign in at OASIS and as soon as I did, a big note in red letters already told me that I have fulfilled all criteria for the ECFMG certification!!! Yeah….then I knew that I have passed Step 2 CS even without looking at the score report:-)!!!!!! And I really did!!!! I got a pass!
Even though these 2 months of horrible waiting were really awful! I felt horrible when I left the center in LA…it was probably one of the worst exams I’ve ever taken because you go out there and you are totally clueless of what you did right or wrong! I just kept in mind your words “when you go out there, you are going to feel terrible and it’s going to be 2 months of horrible waiting” and it was like you said….and I passed even though in 10 out of 12 cases I had no clue what the SP was pretending to suffer from ;-)!
Thank you and a happy New Year!!! It seems like I’m an American MD now….nice feeling!
Pauline M. Aszyk, M.D., Germany
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I received my report yesterday, but I only decided to open it this morning. I passed!
Although United States and Germany are both under the category “Western Culture,” there are still differences. Attending your C3NY Workshop makes you aware of those slight differences, and this awareness may be a key point for you to pass the exam. Step 2CS has a lot to do with exam taking skills: you have to know where the money is. Your workshop tells you where the money is!
Medical education in Germany emphasizes thoroughness, which may be a pre-implanted factor for candidates from Germany (and I suspect from other countries) to fail due to bad time management. You have to know when to move on, and again, where the money is!
Please tell Anna about my appreciation.
Thank you very much for all your suggestions! They were very helpful!
Sincerely,
Sara Hsin-yi Yang, M.D., Germany

Ireland

Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Anna Lank,
I am Dr. Phani Bhushan one of your students during the April session. I gave my exam on 23rd April at Atlanta, just 2 days after the course, and I have passed the exam finally.
I full heartedly thank you both for helping and guiding me to enable this. I am so happy for having achieved this, as this was one of those steps in life which has taught me many things. I adopted your way of data gathering and I have passed this time. Your classes also have given me an insight of the US culture and medical practice which will help me in my future career.
I wish you both the very best and request you to continue your courses as long as you can to enable many students like me to achieve their dreams.
Thank you so much once again.
Warm regards,
Dr. Bhushan, Ireland

Italy

Dear Anna,
I took my Step 2CS exam in December, as planned; it was a success !!!
I did exactly what you and Dr. Swartz taught me. C3NY was a great experience. I went through all those feelings that you described, but I stuck to the way you showed me. I am still applying what I learned in NY during my interaction with patients on a daily basis.
I am so glad I came to your course. You are offering a pleasant and really effective service.
My apology for the delay in my answer.
Hope all the best for you all.
Alessandro Paniccia, M.D., Italy
Dear Anna,
Today I received the step 2 CS result and I PASSED….I can’t believe it.
Many, many, many Thanks to you and to Dr. Swartz.
During the day of the exam, I did remember your advice to take a deep breath and that helped me so much.
AGAIN THANKS.
God bless you and Dr. Swartz
Gilda Bontempo, M.D., Italy

Lithuania

Dear Colleagues,
I’m Zilvinas Zakarevicius, and I was in your C3NY course in October 2008. You can recall me as Dr. Z. I took CS exam at 22 of October in Chicago (1 week after our course). Yesterday, I got the result – PASS.
This exam wasn’t easy to me and the reason was English as second language and lack of medical experience in US. In that way, your course was wonderful. I was confident as a physician, but during the C3NY course, you gave me exactly suggestions how I should prepare myself for this exam. And I followed these suggestions during my exam and the result – PASS.
You did wonderful job and really helped me to escape – thank you.
Now is coming Christmas time, and I wish you happiness, peace and continue your very important job. Good luck for your new students during the exam as well.
Sincerely yours,
Zilvinas Zakarevicius, M.D. (Dr. Z), Lithuania

The Netherlands

Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I’m the student from the Netherlands who took your course in January 2016 and got my score report yesterday. Didn’t do so well in ICE but I passed! That is all that matters! 🙂
I would not have passed without your help. I also loved how you both and the standardized patients are friends and work so well together and have fun! I certainly had fun too.
Thank you so much for all your help.
Best wishes,
Anneke Bastiaan, M.D., The Netherlands

Poland

Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I am happy to tell you that I got the results this Saturday and I passed! It took only 4 weeks to get the results. I would like to thank you again for this wonderful workshop; it was more than that – it was an experience not only for this exam but for life and my future practice. I will be always grateful to you for this.
I did not find the exam too difficult. It’s really all about focusing on the patient and trying to remember what to do next. I found all the things you taught in the workshop very useful. I wasn’t nervous in the exam and that’s because I was well prepared. Most of the answers to the questions were “no” which did not make me concerned because I knew from the workshop that’s what to expect. I also never froze even if the patients were not cooperative – I knew that all what the SP do is on purpose, so I just tried to deal with it the best I could. I think the most important thing that you also told us is to treat the SP as a real patient – only this way you can be empathetic and caring enough. I hope these comments help.
Again thank you so much for helping me pass. Your workshop really stressed what is important – it’s all about the communication. I don’t think I would have been prepared in the right way had I studied alone.
It was also a real pleasure to meet you both. I think you are two extraordinary, highly knowledgable and very caring people, and your work is highly appreciated. I would also like to thank the actors – they were great and helped me a lot to prepare for the SP in the exam.
I hope you will keep doing the workshops for more years to come! I wish you all the best, and I will recommend you to all my friends who want to take the exam.
Agata Bogusz, M.D., Poland
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I have just received my score just now, and I’m happy to tell you that I have passed!
Thank you so much for all your help!
Sincerely,
William Winardi, Poland
Hello,
This is Sam Snyder, I was at your course in November 2015… I just received my score today and I’m very happy to report that I passed!
Thank you all very much for your help! Your course went a long ways in building my confidence and helping me know what to expect stepping into this exam. I’d also like to thank you for your emergency exit strategy, unfortunately I had to use it during the exam more than once, but I think that it really helped with a patient encounter that otherwise would have been awkward.
I hope that you’re all doing well and getting dug out from all that snow!
Sam Snyder, Poland
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I attended your class in November 2005 and took the test in December 2006. I am very happy to say that I passed the exam. Sorry it took so long to inform you of the good news.
I think your course was an excellent tool for preparation for this exam. I felt confident because you showed us how to manage difficult, rude and argumentative patients. It was great that you trained us to look for a hidden agenda behind seemingly straightforward cases.
Dr. Swartz, your personality and skills really inspired me. It was a thrilling experience to spend 3 days with such a great person.
On the whole, the course was wonderful, and I recommend it.
Thank you again!
Andrzej Kroszczynski, M.D., Poland
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I took my exam on June 22nd in Chicago , exactly one month after participating in your C3NY workshop. Yesterday I received wonderful news – I passed. What made my exam challenging for me was that half of the SPs responded with “no” to most of my questions, but thanks to you I kept in my mind to act confident, stay calm, and keep the conversation flowing. I also tried to follow your advice to “be curious” and to pay attention to all the “little” details when interacting and communicating with the patient. These are just a few of the valuable tools that I’ve learned during your classes and in the end successfully put to use.
The wonderful thing about your workshop is that you teach not only how to pass the exam but mainly how to become a better doctor, and that is something I will always have as I continue to pursue my career in medicine. Thanks once again to you and Anna Lank for all the inspiration and motivation.
I also hope you will continue your workshops. You and all the people in C3NY are amazing teachers and your passion is highly contagious. I will always recommend your program. I believe it is the right place to go to prepare for the Step 2-CS exam.
Agnieszka Wisniewska, M.D., Poland

Romania

Dear Dr. Swartz,
Hope you are doing fine. I took your course in mid-September, and I have successfully passed Step 2 CS on September 28 in Houston. The result has just arrived today, and I am thrilled. I want to thank you very much for the great course and for all your help.
D.N., M.D., Romania
Dear Dr Swartz,
I have just got the results: I passed the Clinical Skills exam.
I wanted to thank you for that. Before taking your course, I did not really understand the true structure and purpose of this exam.
For me, this exam was more difficult than the other USMLE exams (Step 1 and Step 2 CK) as I am a trained Pathologist who works with tissues, microscopes and computers and does not deal with patients. I can therefore say, with full confidence, that I have passed this exam only and only due to your excellent training program.
Once again, Dr Swartz thank you so much for all your support, knowing you has been a great experience and an honor, to me!
Edmond Sabo, M.D., Romania
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
I took your course this past July, and I just learned that I passed the USMLE Step 2CS exam. Thank you for this great course! Those three days were a great learning experience.
It was a brilliant and VERY effective course and a real pleasure to get to know you and your wonderful team. After visiting your course in NYC, I felt confident that I not only knew everything I needed to pass, but I also received a lot of advice and many tips that will be useful throughout my professional career!
Andreas Barth, M.D., Romania
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I am so happy to announce you that I passed this terrible exam, Step2CS. I want to say that without the help of your team I couldn’t have passed.
You helped me see that due to my foreign training and info from Step 2CS forums or Step 2CS guide books, I had cultural misconceptions when approaching an American patient. And you gave me the right info to replace them, info that made me pass. That’s why my second exam experience was a thrill; the SPs felt very comfortable and were very nice to me, and when I left the Philadelphia test center, I was 100% sure that I did well.
I’ve recommended already, and I will continue to recommend the course to everybody I know. It is a must for IMGs like me. Thank you again!
Liana Tascau, M.D., Romania
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I am more than happy to let you know that I passed my Step 2CS!!!
I simply did not believe it, after I came out so scared from the exam, and depressed, but you were right in everything you said and taught us!!! You were absolutely right, and although I did see everybody reading First Aid, before the exam, and I felt bad, as I did not use it myself, your class was everything I needed! Thank you so much, and please receive my best wishes!
I am the guy from Toronto, who failed once the CS in the past, with 3 years of research fellowship in Israel at Hadassah Medical Center; I finished my Ph.D. in Toronto.
Andrei I. Oprescu, M.D., Ph.D. Candidate, Romania
Dear Dr. Swartz and Dear Anna,
Yesterday I found that I passed CS exam and I would like to thank you very much for your precious advice and for your unconditional help.
You and SPs are extraordinary people, talented, hardworking and demanding, and I will have you in my heart and in my mind always for all you have done for me.
I hope I will be soon a neurologist here.
Simona Treidler, M.D., Romania