February 24, 2017 Matthew Callahan Mexico February 24, 2017 Matthew Callahan 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.Thanks! — 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!Sincerely, — Vicente Morales Oyarvide, Mexico Matthew Callahan freelance writer of policy, politics, religion, and tech. web designer, social media manager, a/v installer, computer question-answerer.