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I just wanted to update you on my Step 2CS results. I found out I passed last week. I attended your course May 9-11, 2016 and then scheduled my exam last minute on May 23 and took it May 24 in Los Angeles.

There were many cases that I finished very quickly and was concerned that maybe I should have asked more questions. Anyway I just wanted to thank you and Anna for your help! My success is your success!
Gipanjot Dhillon, USA

Jamil Shah, MD, United States, Video Testimonial

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!

Thank you again for your help.
Sam Snyder, USA
I am emailing you today to once again thank you for preparing me for Step 2 CS.

I just found out this morning I passed the exam and have attached the results. The ICE grade was a bit borderline, but I think it was because I could have had better judgment with the focused physical exam skills. My CIS was extremely strong!

Thank you!

As far as March 2016, I have gone to 21 internal medicine interviews which is a bit overboard but I just wanted to be sure about my decision for the match.

Thanks again for all your help!
Andrew J., USA
I want to say thank you both for the Step 2CS class. I believe if it weren’t for the workshop I would have failed. It was certainly worth it to fly from California to New York to take your course. I’ll be sure to tell other SGU students how useful the class was.
James Dui, USA
I just wanted to write to you all personally thanking you so much for your help.
I failed the first time I took the Step 2 CS, but thanks to your course and some practice with friends I retook the exam and PASSED!
Because of you, I at the very least can graduate from medical school and hopefully obtain a residency. Thank you so, so much for everything! I have attached my score report to show you how well I did on the exam after taking your course.
William Nickles, USA
Guess what…I did it, I passed the test; today I received the result.

One old lady (sp) after I finished the case, said (thank you very very much), I realised that I did well and very well.

Thanks to you for the great effort you spent with us. Thanks to Anna too for her talent to organise, to give remarkable observation, and the way she handles the course. I do not think without the course it would be possible for me to pass. I went to the exam very relaxed. I did not write any notes in front of the SPs. I found the time very enough, because I applied what Dr. Swartz told us.

The course was wonderful, and I recommend it to all I know in the medical field. I wish you could organize a program for step3.
Seif Alamin, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
After eight agonizing weeks of anticipation, the verdict is in, and I PASSED my USMLE Step 2CS exam!
I’m writing this letter to express my deep gratitude for all the hard work that you both put in on a daily basis to genuinely help students achieve their dream. I honestly believe that any student who has had the pleasure of experiencing the honesty, humility, and great care in the work educators such as yourselves display, is truly blessed.
I must say, in retrospect, my exam was particularly unorthodox, so the confidence I had entering the exam with the knowledge I attained at your workshops, quickly dissipated. However, after applying the basic principles you taught us that could not be found in the many texts I had previously read, I found that exam is a totally doable exam, and those that have not had the opportunity of attending your workshops are at a severe disadvantage. I am speaking as a US born foreign trained physician, in stating that this exam is not a test of English, or even of your medical knowledge, it is a test of communication, and patient approach that I feel no review book to date has accurately been able to outline. This is why I found that the C3NY Workshops were essential to my success. To say that I am an advocate would be an understatement, and I am truly thankful to the both of you from the bottom of my heart. You have made this last seemingly insurmountable obstacle much easier for me to get through, and for that I am eternally grateful.
Good luck, and I hope to keep in touch.
Jijoe Joseph, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz, et al:
I am happy to inform you that I just received my passing score on the CS exam.
I took your review course at NYMC in April (part of the 5th Pathway program). Your course was extremely helpful in preparing me for the exam, particularly the days we practiced with the SP’s. Although I was very nervous the day of the actual exam and felt rather unsure afterwards, it was your course and advice that equipped me to pass. On the whole, I found that the actual exam day cases were more basic and straightforward than the practice ones we had with you which is what you told us.
I’m also grateful for your physical exam CD from your book because it’s a great reference tool for general clinical practice. Thank you so much and best regards.
Christina Huckabay, USA
Dear Anna,
Just to let you know that I found out I passed and to thank you, Dr. Swartz, and the SPs for teaching us the keys to do well on this exam.
Again, Thank You.
Felix, USA
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended your workshop on May 21-23, and I took my exam on June 6th in Chicago.
I always remembered you saying throughout the whole workshop that this exam was more of a test of communication than it was of medical knowledge. Even after the workshop, I was still skeptical of this statement. But as I kept on studying and practicing the techniques that I had learned in the course, I developed an understanding from this course that treating the patient physically is just as important as it is to treat the patient emotionally and spiritually through communication. The SP’s in the course had drilled this concept into our heads and many thanks to all of them. As I took the exam, this concept and the important tools that you had taught us was absolutely, unequivocally the key essential in my successful completion of the CS exam.
I must say that I highly recommend this course to everyone who is taking this exam, because the tools that you Dr. Swartz taught us cannot be found in ANY textbook. From the depths of my heart, I thank you Dr. Swartz, Anna and to all the SP’s for your dedication and hard work in training us to conquer this insurmountable task.
Sanju V. George, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna and all the SP’s,
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart all of your help in preparing me for the USMLE Step 2 CS. I just read my result, and I PASSED!
I found the exam to be less difficult than the C3NY workshops. These workshops definitely prepared me in passing the exam. In particular, I was amazed to find the “talking in a coffee shop” worked. The insights I was given gave me skills to pass this exam for prepared me for my future patient encounters.
Again, I would like to extend my overwhelming joy and gratitude to each and every one that is part of the C3NY team. Excellent work from excellent people!
Thanks to all of you. I can now go on and accomplish my goal in becoming a physician.
Ron Ramirez, M.D., USA
Dear Anna,
Hello, Anna. Hope all are well. I am writing to give you an update on my STEP 2 CS experience.
I took it in Houston on Feb 1st and received a passing score on April 5th (it took 9 weeks). I really believed that I had failed because I feel that I did not do as through a job (examination wise) as I had done the year previous. The one thing that I did do differently this time was to do a solid two minute recap of each encounter with the patient and give recommended counseling pertaining to each individual problem. I suppose this was the key to my success.
Now, finally, on to residency. Thank you for the opportunity to study at your course; I enjoyed it and feel that it did help prepare me to pass the CS exam. I respect and admire Dr. Swartz, and consider him one of my medical education instructors. I use his text as my H & P reference.
W. G. Brown, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I would like to thank you for all the efforts you have made to create such a helpful, learning environment in your class.
The textbook, dvds and especially your prompt personal advice were very helpful to me and greatly enhanced my class experience. All will help me in residency program also.
The willingness with which you took time out of your busy schedule to patiently help me even after the workshop toward achieving my career goals is much appreciated, and is another reason why I would recommend your class to anyone.
Thank you very much,
David A., M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I’m so sorry I didn’t email you as soon as I received my results…but I PASSED!!!!! It took me a day to fully realize that I am now licensed for the Clinical Skills portion of Step 2…thanks to GOD and thanks to YOU BOTH!
I don’t think you realize the impact you both have on the lives of individuals like me…after failing, you lose hope, you lose focus and you lose faith in yourself. However, having met you both and becoming a part of the “C3NY” family, my confidence grew, hour by hour, literally, while sitting in your class.
You made the impossible seem possible. This exam is definitely no joke, as many people seem to think “memorize the FA, and you’re done”. I memorized the FA, i wasn’t done. I didn’t realize that the USMLE actually is concerned with whether we students have the ability to BE COMPASSIONATE, CONCERNED AND CARING! WHO KNEW?! I didn’t. First Aid doesn’t mention that.
Your techniques are fantastic. Ms. Lank, your “coffeetalk” advice DID SO MUCH FOR ME. I swear there were times when I just felt like fainting. I got that “BLANK STARE” from EVERYONE OF MY PATIENTS. If it wasn’t for your voice in my head, I wouldn’t have seen past it. I kept hearing, “SMILE, TALK, ASK, NOD, SMILE, SMILE, CARE.”
I sincerely Thank You both from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for teaching me there’s more to medicine than getting “the history”. You guys made my dream come true….I couldn’t have done it without you.
GOD’s Blessings Be Upon You Always. You complete the M.D. Degree.
Thank you for all your hard work, dedication and devotion. I love you guys!!!!
Anna Colacino, M.D., USA
Hello Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I just wanted to let you know that I got my score, and I passed!
Thanks so much for all your help. You all really went the extra mile for us (particularly for me, by allowing me to use your stethoscope).
I hope you continue to provide your excellent course for many years to come.
Waseem Ahmed, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I am writing you to let you know that both my wife and I passed the Step 2CS exam after taking your C3NY Workshop.
I want to thank you for the help and tips, for sure they were the tools to that gave us this great news.
Have a great week.
Juan Carlos Conde San Miguel, USA
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
Good morning,
I was in your class in August. I took osteopathic version of Step 2CS called Comlex PE on September 10, and I found today that I passed.
I am now done with all Comlex series and USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK. I have now more interviews than what I could handle.
I, my wife and my son are very thankful to you and your team. This exam was the last hurdle before my graduation . You are a great instructor and clearly know well about this exam. I think more New York schools and IMGs should take your C3NY workshop. Thanks again!
Best regards,
Syed Anwarulislam, USA
Hello Dr. Swartz,
Just wanted to thank you because I passed Step 2CS! So did my fiancé!
We were so worried because of what happened with the scheduling, but we never lost hope.
Thank you again for your help and all that you taught us. Hope you are well.
Thanks again,
Heidi Mandry, USA
Dear Ms. Lank and Professor Swartz,
A little over two months ago I took part in your June workshops. Two weeks after the workshop I took Step 2 CS. To be honest, I have never walked into an exam feeling as confident and in control as I did that day. And I did that because that’s how you made me feel after your workshop. That being said, I got my results in the mail today. Before I could get tachycardic, I ripped open the envelope to see the big bold print that said PASS! So it’s done.
I just want to thank you two and all at C3NY for your help, for all the valuable advice you gave. Taking the workshop was the best decision in preparation for this exam.
I thank you all again so very much, and I pray for the continued success of the program and for all your students.
Thank you!
Roby Rajan, M.D., USA
Hi Dr Schwartz,
Thanks for the kind warm words and encouragement, it is an honor to be one of your students , you modify my testimony as you want and I’ll be honored to have my testimony under the great red white and blue my home sweet home ,
Thanks again for all the great help and the beautiful heart you have ,
May God bless you
Mohamed Eldessouky, USA
I got my CS result today and I passed. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped me.

The course made a huge impact on the CIS, as Dr. Swartz said. I think the additional practice with the Skype patients was helpful. My score was a negative star last time and was well past the borderline region this time. I had one patient who was a 57 y/o menopausal woman who I felt my bedside wasn’t as confident. That could have affected my score.

I spent about 3-4 minutes of the 15 minute encounter with counseling and addressing patient concerns. That was where the previous courses from Kaplan and NYCSprep failed. My expectations of Kaplan are low but NYCSprep didn’t even address counseling seriously.

The ICE was passing but barely passing. I’m really not sure as to the criteria used. I feel like I did well with counseling on most patients but missed certain things on certain patients from the counseling perspective.

For example, I know there was one two patients who had no deep tendon reflex in the knee and one patient had several sexual partners and I didn’t counsel but mentioned it in the note. Another was a teenage girl who insisted that she was not sexually active.

It would be interesting to know how the criteria is gathered for ICE though because it looks like my score just barely budged, but just enough for a pass.

In any event, I am happy and relieved to have finished my medical school requirements and can now apply for my ECFMG certificate and graduation.
Mahidhar Reddy, USA
I wanted to inform you I received my grade today, and I come bearing good news…I PASSED!

I can’t tell you how much the program helped, honestly. Certain things that were taught Dr. Swartz and you were so crucial yet so minor that I feel it helped tip the scale. The course not only taught me how to approach this exam but to connect with patients through channels I would never have imagined. It truly gave a different perspective to patient-centered care.

Also, I want to mention my session with the trained SP was extremely beneficial. She reminded me of important things to do and mention during my encounters, and her expertise was invaluable.

Again, words can’t describe how beneficial the program was and thank you for all your help. I hope this email reaches you in good health.
Sulman Hasan, USA
I just wanted to write and say thank you for all of your help with the Step 2CS exam.

I took the C3NY workshop in New York in October 2014 and felt the workshop made all the difference in passing. The workshop was so insightful on what to expect, and I could not have done it without all of you. Thank you so much and I am truly grateful.
Cesar Avalos, M.D., USA
A little over two months ago I took part in your June workshops. Two weeks after the workshop I took Step 2 CS. To be honest, I have never walked into an exam feeling as confident and in control as I did that day. And I did that because that’s how you made me feel after your workshop. That being said, I got my results in the mail today. Before I could get tachycardic, I ripped open the envelope to see the big bold print that said PASS! So it’s done.

I just want to thank you two and all at C3NY for your help, for all the valuable advice you gave.Taking the workshop was the best decision in preparation for this exam.

I thank you all again so very much, and I pray for the continued success of the program and for all your students.

Thank you!
Roby Rajan, M.D., USA
Salutations and Greetings Anna, Dr. Swartz and expecially Charles and the SP’s……
This is HS….you know…the tall, slightly chubby yet utterly endearing student of yours from the July workshops….
I finally got my step 2 cs results from July 29th in Philly…..I passed…..Thank you so much for everything….Dr. Swartz was so right on with everything he said….Especially about the “Are you comfortable?” and “Is there anything else you wanted to tell me?” There were 6 instances out of 12 where they had something very important that they wanted to get off their chests…..
Honestly…..What a deal…..C3NY for life!!!!!!
P.S Any SP openings….I think I would be pretty good.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I just received my CS results yesterday (took the exam 5/19 in LA), and I passed. Thank goodness! I also learned that I passed the CK this past Monday so it was a good week for me.
Thank you for your help with the CS (I took your course in April as part of the 5th Pathway program at NYMC). As you had assured us, the real exam was not nearly as difficult as the mock one. Realizing that it was a test of communication skills rather than medical knowledge made me feel much more relaxed. I tried to view each SP as a real patient and acted as I normally would with one. This was the key to my success.
Thank you again!
Elissa Braitman, USA
Dear C3NY,
I took the C.S. exam in Atlanta on July 14th. I very happy to say that I passed the exam. I received the results on August 17th. I felt your course was an excellent tool for preparation for this exam. As you foretold, the exam itself was easier than the cases given during your course. I felt very confident during the exam.
I am extremely satisfied with the C3NY program.
Philip Sudore, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I attended the December 2006 C3NY course. The course helped me to become familiar with what is really being tested for on the Step 2CS course. Although the Step 2 CS exam was still very challenging and stressful, I was successful in passing this difficult exam.
I would highly recommend that any foreign medical school graduate consider taking this quality Step 2CS prep course before taking the exam. It can help alleviate anxiety and avoid potential pitfalls to passing this difficult exam. The course also allowed me to find a reliable and dedicated study partner. I am grateful for everyone’s help. Thank you.
Also, I now own your latest physical diagnosis book and will treasure it for many years to come! It is a great book.
Thank you for all of your help.
Timothy Church, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz, Anna, & Ginny,
I highly recommend the C3NY review for the CS exam. Dr. Swartz, you have a great insight into Step 2CS, and it helped my colleagues and me to better understand the exam, take some of the mystery out it, and ease some of the anxiety associated with the exam. I felt confident on test day and passed on my first try.
All of you and the SPs presented not only the basic information needed to pass the CS exam, but stressed the importance of communicating not only information but also positive regard and understanding for patients. I personally felt re-energized about medicine as a career after the C3NY course.
Best regards,keep on teaching!
William V. Dewhirst, M.D., USA
Hey Dr. Swartz!!
My name is Isidoros Vardaros. I took your course this past August.
I am pleased to say that with your help I was able to pass CS on my first try. I have to admit that on Monday of the workshop I was extremely skeptical of your teaching tactics. But by Wednesday afternoon I knew that I was ready. Thank you once again.
Keep up the great work!!
Isidoros Vardaros, M.D., USA
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
I got my score report today, and I cannot tell you the worry I have experienced since taking the exam November 30th. I was almost certain
after talking to students after the exam, as well as the feeling I had leaving some of my encounters that I was not going to pass the exam.
Today I opened the score report with my heart just pounding and I saw the word PASS. I cannot thank you enough for your wisdom and advice that I used during the exam.
I felt like everything your workshop you taught me I used on the exam whether I was planning to or not. Anna’s teaching of the deep breathing relaxed me as much as possible for the first encounter, but more importantly practicing the introduction just came out smoothly and as practiced almost second nature.
Despite the workshops short time frame I really feel like I learned communication skills to pass the exam, but also the ground work for how I question and approach patients currently during my rotations. I have found myself to have vast improvement in my rotations now when presenting and interviewing patients, as well as I find myself connecting more with an individual rather than just patient. I hope that luck will allow me to see the two of you someday, but for now I wish you guys the best of luck and thank you for all of your time and efforts you imposed on me. I was really introverted before taking your class, and now find myself not fearing and be more extraverted with regard to my patients.
Seth Lipka, M.D., USA
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I passed! Thank you. Your C3NY course gives students high yield information to pass and allows us to focus on what is actually being assessed.
Again, many thanks.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Mz Anna,
I am so thankful to GOD and then you. I got my score report yesterday!it says PASS.
I could not believe my eyes, read again and again and again. I attended your workshop a month before my exam in December. Your hard work, support, and belief in me gave me so much confidence that I was able to deal with this stressful exam.
Thank you so much. God bless you all!
Good Morning Dr. Swartz,
My score report just came in and you were the first person that I wanted to share the news with. I PASSED!!!
I took your course in July and practiced daily with another classmate from the July session. This was my third time taking the exam and passing this exam is the difference for me between being graduating or being dismissed from my medical school.
I am so grateful for all of the help you provided during your workshop. I have attached my score report.
Hello Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I passed! As promised my report score is attached.
My biggest word of advice (as I learned from your workshop in May 2013): do not make up diagnoses that don’t really make sense. It’s ‘OK’ to have less information as long as it’s consistent with your thought process.
Practice, practice, practice!
Thank you.
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
The C3NY course was an amazing experience. You both helped me gain confidence in my clinical abilities and re-focus my attention on the patient centered encounter. After taking the course in New York, I acquired the necessary skills to perform on test day. I Passed!
Thank you C3NY!
Shirley Mori, MD, USA
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank,
I am Eric Wong from New York University School of Medicine.
I just wanted to inform you that I successfully received word that I passed the Step 2 CS exam on my first attempt, receiving my results on 6/18/14. Thank so much for your instruction and guidance.
Eric A. Wong, MD, USA
Hello Dr. Swartz, Ms. Lank, and staff of C3NY,
I took the C3NY Workshop this past February, and I took the CS Exam two weeks later in Philadelphia.
I just found out that I passed!
I would like to thank all of you, especially you Dr. Swartz and Ms. Lank, for all of your help, guidance, and support during the Workshop and prior to the Exam. Everything I learned not only helped me to pass, but will also help me become the best physician I can be in the future.
I’m looking forward to starting residency training this July. Thank you very much, and I wish all of you the best!
Jamil Shah, USA
Dr. Swartz’s C3NY Step 2 CS preparatory course was nothing less than fantastic!
By the time I took my actual exam, I felt so prepared and ready that I actually enjoyed myself throughout the entire 9 hours. Not only did I learn how to ace the exam, I also learned a lot about medicine and filled in a lot of gaps for myself in terms of patient interviewing.
Dr. Swartz’s acumen and support are unparalleled. I passed the exam on my first attempt!
I highly recommend this course to anyone taking the CS exam.
Anna Roberti, USA
Dear Anna and Dr. Swartz,
I am a man of my word. I am writing to inform you of my PASS on my second attempt at taking Step 2 CS.
When I failed the test the first time, I felt utterly hopeless. I didn’t know what to do differently. I had read a very popular review book that was recommended by my fellow classmates but failed. I didn’t know what to do, since that book obviously was not the solution for me. Your course was recommended to me by my school, and I am so glad that I took it.
Your course made me aware of things that I was doing wrong. This course gave me tools that not only really helped me on my exam, but is still helping me in my outpatient rotation now, and will most assuredly help me for the rest of my career. The things we discussed in your course were things that I definitely did not find in any textbook.
I am so relieved to have this proverbial monkey off of my back. Can’t wait to start my residency in July.
Adam M. Robison, USA
Dear Dr. Swartz, Ms. Lank, and Paul,

I passed! Thank you for everything!

Most sincerely,
Josh Breslin, USA
Hello Anna,

I learned today that I passed CS and am a doctor! It was a tense few months of waiting, wondering what the next year of my life will be like. Attached is my score report, sans name and USMLE ID. I continued this line of emails to make it easier to compare to score of my previous attempt at the exam.Thank you, Paul, and Dr. Swartz for all of your combined help. Happy Hanukah and happy holidays.

Noah Friedland (sans mustache), USA

Puerto Rico

Hello Dr. Swartz & Anna,
I’ve just got my scores back today, and I Passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t thank you enough for the workshop. The exam was easier than the review, the sp’s were less dramatic and not the best actors.
Thanks again, and I have spread the voice that you are the best!
Damaris Cruz, M.D., Puerto Rico
Hello Dr. Swartz,
I was part of the NYMC group you taught a few months ago. I just got my report today, and I passed! Thank you so much!!!
What you taught us really does go beyond the scope of this exam, and I learned a lot about what the doctor-patient relationship is really about.
Once again, thank you so much!
Eduardo Morfa, Puerto Rico
Hey Dr. Swartz,
Hope all is well. I passed! I am sending my step 2 USMLE step 2 CS score for you to see..
Appreciate all your advise… it worked out!
Alexander Figueroa, Puerto Rico
Dear Dr. Swartz, Ms. Lank and C3NY staff:
This is Juan JosE9 CintrF3n GarcEDa. I took your course February 9, 10 and 12 2009. I am writing with good news, but first of all I would like to thank you all so much for the terrific guidance and advice in the sole purpose of providing me with the preparation to succeed in the USMLE CS exam.
I truly appreciate Dr. Swartz’s sincere points of view and his wisdom; they certainly helped me understand the expected level of skill and knowledge.
I took the exam on April 14; last Wednesday June 24 I got my results, and I passed. I cannot describe how happy I am.
Your honest advice and my effort really paid off.
I wish you all the best. Thanks a lot.
Juan Jose Cintron Garcia, M.D., Puerto Rico
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna Lank,
I just got my Step 2 CS results and I passed with flying colors. I would like to thank you for offering such a great course and will definitely recommend it to everyone that I see. I am extremely happy right now.
Thank you for everything!
Hector Delucca, M.D., Puerto Rico


Hi Anna,
I PASSED STEP 2-CS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I found out yesterday, and I am thrilled. I found the exam to be easier than what I expected. The cases and actors were pretty straight forward. It was not as stressful as I had anticipated. I actually kind of enjoyed it.
Your course was excellent. And I will tell you, it gave me the tools and perspective I needed to pass. I thank you and Dr. Swartz for your excellent work and advice. Continue with great work.
Best of luck to both of you.
Patricia Aguayo, M.D., Mexico
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna:
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you gave me. Last Wednesday I received my passing grade and I can’t be more thankful to you.
I took the CS three times. The first time I study intensely. Read one book and practiced with a friend. I failed both ICE and CIS. The second time I read more books and took a small two days New York review course. Failed ICE (DATA GATHERING!!!!). The third time, I took your course before the exam. I was a little skeptical about your, may I say, “non-traditional system”. At the end of the three day course, I showed you my last CS performance profile and you told me “your data gathering should go all the way up”. I took the Step 2CS 3 weeks later.
I followed you system to the letter. This time, my performance during the exam day was different, more fluently, less robotic, more PATIENT directed and less about me. My data gathering got the highest performance this time.
Anna Lank and Dr. Swartz, you are are the greatest, and I would like to extend my gratitude to you both and to everyone who is part of the C3NY team.
F. Vazquez, M.D., Mexico
I just wanted to send a Thank You for the course! I got my passing score yesterday, and the C3NY course for the UAG students at NYMC really helped to give me confidence and identify my strengths and weaknesses, so I could maximize my preparation and go into the exam feeling prepared.
Seth Revels, Mexico
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I am pleased to inform you that I did pass the step 2CSs exam. The course was of great help. It gave me the confidence during the exam.
Sergio B. Chavez, M.D., Mexico
Dear Dr. Swartz:
It has been almost 7 months since I participated in your workshop at C3NY. I apologize for not keeping my promise to you in a timely manner, but with the excitement of the exam and the anguish of the wait, I forgot all about our collective agreement.
It is with great pleasure that I inform you that we succeeded in obtaining a common goal. I passed!
The time I spent at C3NY is definitely the best investment I’ve made on any kind of test preparation. The memories of what we learned on the 19th floor will be with me forever. I sincerely hope everyone else has shared their joy as I am today.
I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. You gave me exactly what I needed to continue the path to practicing medicine in the country I now call my own.
Best regards to Ms. Lank and all the SP’s that helped make this a reality. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!
Luis H. Medina M.D., Mexico
Dear Dr. Swartz,
I just wanted to share the good news with you. I passed my CS!!!! Yeeeeey ;)
I can’t thank you enough for all of your help–the mock exam class, your wise words and tips. I am convinced, without your guidance I would not have done it.
Elia Suzette, M.D., Mexico
Hello Dr. Swartz,
Hope all is well. Here I attach my passing CS score!
I must say your course is of utmost utility for passing the CS, especially Day Three with the standardized patients.
Thank you very much for your support and your staff for helping me on my successful attempt.
Thank you very much,
Ricardo Uriostegui, M.D., Mexico
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,

I just received my CS score this morning: PASS with high performance in all three components! I am extremely thrilled and so, so GRATEFUL to you! As I told you back in the course, this was my first Step and it has been a few years since I graduated medschool back home in Mexico, so I felt unsure about clinical knowledge, integration and DDx, physical exam, history, timing... so pretty much everything! Taking your course was CRUCIAL for this great result; it was not sufficient (I had to study hard to refresh my clinical knowledge and practice, practice, practice after the course) but it was most certainly necessary for me. Preparing for this exam was a huge challenge because there’s very little “formal” feedback, your friends who pass don’t know if they passed thanks to or in spite of what they did on exam day, so what’s the right way to do it? But you knew. Then I wasn’t sure what course to take, I didn’t know anyone who had taken one and I take online reviews with a grain of salt. So please, feel free to share this message on your review section hahah and I’ll be very happy to speak to anyone interested in your workshop! On exam day, I had planned to write down mnemonics on my blue sheet just in case I got nervous and needed structure... I did it for the first case, didn’t help as much and probably made it awkward, and from case two forward autopilot kicked in, didn’t write any mnemonics and I treated everyone like a real patient. I trusted what I’d learned with you, during practice cases (and in medschool, of course) and took the plunge. And it worked. You CAN really connect with an SP in 15 minutes if you listen and let them guide the conversation; no checklists. I will sing C3NY’s praises to anyone who’ll listen. THANK YOU!

Vicente Morales Oyarvide, Mexico


Dear Anna:
You and Dr. Swartz are to be highly commended for the excellent teaching sessions at the C3NY Step 296CS Workshops. Even convinced of that fact, I was very reluctant in communicating with your office until the test results. Today, I have a very important public announcement to make!”I PASSED. ”
Let me tell you that I was so frustrated not being able to pass Step 2-CS in 2 previous attempts, that I rushed to your course only a couple of days before my scheduled exam. While Dr. Swartz was giving the lectures, all I did was to highlight the areas that I had neglected during my previous attempts. I flew from Puerto Rico to New York for your course, then to LA for the test all in one week. Believe me I had no time to read and I had not studied. During the test, everything became so clear to me that I had no struggle or difficulties at all. Believe me, I did everything you and Dr. Swartz told us. Also, I breathed deeply.
I am confident that all those who take the course should do well also.
Once again, thank you, “I PASSED!”
Claude Danois, M.D., Haiti
Dear C3NY staff,
I just got my results. I PASSED!!!!
I took the exam 1 time already and missed it. I retook the course in June, my exam was in August, and thanks to Nexium, I did not develop an ulcer.
My friends told me this was the way to go, I tried it, it worked
I would like to thank you all.
To the SPs: I would like to tell you that, for most of us you represent the first encounter with an American patient. You are as much as medical trainers as all of the ones we have had so far. On behalf of everyone else, Thank you with all of my heart!
To Dr Swartz, and Miz Lank: Thank you and keep up the good work!!!
God bless you!
Myriam Jean, M.D., Haiti
Dear Dr. Swartz & Anna,
My name is Jacques Stanley Cayo, and I am from the April C3NY workshop. I would like to tell you that I have passed the exam; I would not have done it without you. This was my second attempt on the exam. I failed in CIS the first time.
I would like to thank you for the good job. I try to help others, and I would like to recommend C3NY to everyone.
Thank you C3NY!
Jacques Stanley Cayo, M.D., Haiti
Dear Anna,
Yes, at last it’s a PASS! on my first attempt…..I am simply overjoyed….
I think the suggestions that I learned during the course helped. I learned the key elements necessary… the key for me was practice as timing was a significant issue as I tended to panic when my time was ending. The course (taken August 2008) was great in helping me design a strategy…but once I had a game plan, I got better with practice and refined my skills.
Dr. Swartz’s Step 2CS book and physical diagnosis CD helped a great deal as well … they are excellent resources. This test is definitely about communication. Having that game plan was key…and C3NY helped me to formulate a successful plan!
Thank you again.
Maggie Teluche, M.D., Haiti
Dear Dr. Swartz and Miss Anna Lank,
I finally overcame my nightmare (step 2 CS), I got the result yesterday: it was “PASS”.
Without the help of both of you, it would be impossible to make it. Your workshop was wonderful. I will keep telling my friends about it. Now I have met all of the requirements for ECFMG certification.
I attended your workshop at the end of August 2010, and I took the exam in October 2010.
Thank you again.
Junior Charles, M.D., Haiti
Good afternoon Dr Swartz,

I took the 3 day C3NY workshop with you on August 21st-23rd, 2017. Today, I learned that I passed! You may remember that I failed the exam on my first attempt. I improved in all areas after your program.

Your workshop is excellent for communication skills as you can see on my report. I took the test 1 week after the workshop with C3NY.


Hello Dr Swartz,
I passed! I got my CS result today. I did the exam in Chicago in June, one month after the 3-day workshop. I would like to thank you and your team.
Special thanks to Ms. Lank and your well trained SP’s.
You are a true expert on this exam. The advice you gave us was invaluable, both for the exam and our professional life. I left feeling confident about CS myths and facts.
C3NY is doing a great job. Keep up the good work.
Ezra Alexander, M.D., Grenada
Good Morning Ms. Lank,
My name is Dr. Greta Thomas-Nedd…and I just found out I passed Step 2CS!
Thank you, thank you, thank you! You and the good doctor were Excellent!
After the exam I remembered so many things that I could have done better, there were even instances where I forgot to counsel and one case I could make neither heads nor tails of. I felt sure that I failed and opened the document a few minutes ago with my heart in my hand, compelling myself to look at the disastrous “Fail”. Imagine my surprise and happiness to see “Pass”. Did I mention that there were many instances the morning of that I felt like bolting and would have were it not for the breathing exercise! I can’t thank you enough.
Much regard,
Greta Thomas-Nedd, M.D., Grenada