C3NY offers an intensive preparatory workshop in New York City for three days every month. Mark H. Swartz, MD teaches each and every day of the workshop.


Workshop Location:

New York College of Podiatric Medicine
53 East 124th Street
New York City
(Between Park and Madison Avenues)

Enrollment Options:

3-Day Intensive (Strongly Recommended)
Days 1 & 2
Days 1 & 3

Other Key Info:

Live SPs with personal feedback
Computer Practice for the Patient Note
Optional Physical Exam Practicum    Facility available for practice after workshop ends


Workshop Costs

Entire Workshop: Day 1, Day 2, & Day 3: $1300 USD (Strongly Recommended)

Day 1 only: $475 USD

Day 2 only: $475 USD

Days 1 & 2: $900 USD

Days 1 & 3: $975 USD


What to expect during a C3NY Preparatory Workshop:

Day 1

10 Hours: 9:00am - 7:00pm

Day One offers a comprehensive and interactive workshop on history taking and communication skills geared specifically to the Step 2 CS examination, covering exactly what questions to ask, and how to ask them. We present a thorough explanation of the exam itself, do role play, and show videos of real SP encounters. Skills necessary to pass the ICE and CIS portions of the exam are introduced.

    Includes:

    • Complimentary continental breakfast and snacks
    • Step-by-step explanation of the Step 2 CS patient interview examination procedures
    • Clarification of ICE and CIS requirements
    • Taking a patient history in the United States; what to say, what not to say, and how to say it
    • The role mnemonics play (or not) in the Step 2 CS exam
    • How to manage communication challenges in patients; meet the four “types” of patients (role play)
    • A discussion of “all things American” with regards to social interactions in the clinical exam
    • Instruction on how to elicit an effective sexual history (role play)
    • Watch and discuss video presentations of actual standardized patient encounters
    • NEW! Additional patient note practice and review

    Day 2

    8 Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm

    On Day Two, the workshop continues deepening the skills learned on Day One with an added emphasis on physical examination techniques, as well as a detailed dialogue examining the structure and development of a specific SP case, and the ideas behind the development of SP cases. Optional Physical Exam Practicum is available.

    Includes:

    • Complimentary continental breakfast and snacks
    • Unique hands-on “greeting” exercise designed to lessen your anxiety, promote confidence and address the spoken English element in the initial crucial moments of your standardized patient encounter
    • Interactive practicum of a history, physical examination, and write-up on a specific patient, role-played by an SP, including in-depth examination of Differential Diagnosis and Management of that case for the Patient Note
    • Live demonstration by Dr. Swartz of the comprehensive head-to-toe physical exam on an experienced standardized patient (SP)
    • Specific PE techniques for Step 2 CS highlighted
    • Live interaction with experienced SP/Medical Educator
    • What does and does not need to be done on PE, proper draping, approach, and timing
    • Demonstration of correct use of ophthalmoscope, otoscope, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, tuning forks, reflex hammer, etc.
    • OPTIONAL ADD-ON REQUESTED BY OUR STUDENTS! Physical exam practice with a highly experienced SP/Medical Educator (trained by Dr. Swartz) in the evening after Day Two ends. Further details available upon enrollment.

    Day 3

    10 Hours: 8:45am - 7:00pm

    The culmination of the three-day workshop takes place on Day Three, offering a practical, hands-on experience interviewing a standardized patient; observation and discussion of up to 13 SP cases; timed practice typing two patient notes on the computer, using the exact USMLE Step 2 CS template; and in-depth medical discussions of all patient notes. Day 3 is not a mock exam.

    Includes:

    • Complimentary continental breakfast and snacks
    • On Day Three, students will get the opportunity to put what they have learned in Days One and Two to practical use
    • Up to 12 SP cases most typical of those presented on the Step 2 CS examination will be presented
    • Each student will each be assigned one case at random. In front of the small group, in a supportive, educational atmosphere, the student will: conduct a 10 minute history of their SP; and receive 10-15 minutes of feedback from Dr. Swartz, Anna Lank, and the SP/Medical Educator
    • CIS, ICE and SEP skills are highlighted
    • The student will then get to observe and discuss up to 11 more cases
    • Each student will complete two Patient Notes on a timed session of the computer, using the exact USMLE Patient Note format, which will be personally reviewed by Dr. Swartz
    • All patient notes and cases will be thoroughly de-briefed in a comprehensive medical discussion of all cases

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