USMLE Step 2

USMLE Step 2 CK

Description:  Step 2 assesses whether you can apply medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essentials for the provision of patient care under supervision and emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills that provide the foundation for safe and competent practice of medicine. Step 2 CK is constructed according to an integrated content outline that organizes clinical science material along two dimensions: physician task and disease category.

Details: Step 2 CK is a one-day exam divided into blocks where test item formats may vary within each block. The number of items in a block are displayed at the beginning of each block. This number will vary among blocks, but will not exceed 45 items. The total number of items on the exam will not exceed 355 items. Regardless of the number of items, 60 minutes are allotted for the completion of each block. On the day of the exam, the examinee has a minimum of 45 minutes of break time and a 15- minute optional tutorial. The amount of time available for breaks may be increased by finishing a block of test items or the optional tutorial before the allotted time expires.

Objectives: This course will prepare you for your Step 2 CK exam with the assumption that you have already covered most of the material in the first few years of undergraduate medicine including some experience in a clinical setting. Main concepts in each of the major subject areas will be reviewed and test-taking strategies will be reinforced.

Prerequisites: At least two years of medical school covering basic sciences. Some clinical rotation/clerkship experience.

Curriculum: The course will cover the following areas:

  1. Exam preparation and test-taking strategies
  2. Internal medicine
  3. Obstetrics and gynecology
  4. Pediatrics
  5. Preventive medicine
  6. Psychiatry
  7. Surgery
  8. Focused strategy sessions (individualized strategy sessions to review areas that need to be improved)
  9. Periodic practice and mock exam sessions

Schedule: This course runs 8 weeks with 4 classes/ week (usually 3 weekdays and one day on the weekend).  Classes run between 4 to 6 hours with breaks included.  For more detailed information about our next set of classes, please contact us at 905-232-2022 or info@focuseducationcentre.com.

Instructors: Your instructors will vary between subjects. All of whom are M.D.’s and qualified for the licensing exams being taught.

Fee: $2,800 (Includes access to all classes, FECC library, online Qbank, e-resources, student ID card, SPC discount card, USB key and individualized mentorship).

*Bonus: Individuals who sign up for our classes get discounts on our other available courses automatically!  Furthermore, if you bring a friend along who signs up with us, both of you will receive a discounted registration fee!  For more detailed information about our next set of classes, please contact us at 905-232-2022 or info@focuseducationcentre.com.

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USMLE Step 2 CS 

Now Offering a 3 Days Crash Course. See below for special fees.

DescriptionStep 2 CS assesses whether you can demonstrate the fundamental clinical skills essential for safe and effective patient care under supervision.

There are three subcomponents of Step 2 CS:

  1. Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE):
    1. Data gathering – patient information collected by history taking and physical examination
    2. Documentation – completion of a patient note summarizing the findings of the patient encounter, diagnostic impression, and initial patient workup
  2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS):
    1. Fostering the relationship
    2. Gathering information
    3. Providing information
    4. Helping the patient make decisions
    5. Supporting emotions
  3. Spoken English Proficiency (SEP): Clarity of communication in English within the context of the doctor-patient encounter

Details: Step 2 CS uses standardized patients, i.e., people trained to portray real patients. Your role during the exam should be that of a first-year postgraduate resident physician with primary responsibility for the care of each patient. You are expected to treat each patient you see as you would a real patient. Do not defer decision making to others. The elements of the history and physical examination necessary for each case will be determined by the nature of the patient’s problems. The cases you will encounter will not require you to do a complete history and a complete physical examination. In fact, if you attempt to do so, you may run out of time and will not be able to fully address the emotional needs of the patient. You will be expected to communicate with standardized patients in a professional and empathetic manner, being responsive to the patient’s needs. Just as you would when encountering real patients, you should answer any questions they may have, tell them what your diagnoses is, and offer them advise on what tests and studies you will order to confirm the diagnoses. After each interaction with a patient, you will complete a patient note. You will record pertinent history and physical examination findings, list diagnostic impressions, and outline plans for further evaluation, if necessary.

Objectives: This course will prepare you for your Step 2 CS exam with the assumption that you have already covered most of the materials in the first few years of undergraduate medicine including at least one year in a clinical setting. We utilize designated mock clinical exam rooms, examination equipment and standardized patients (hired professional actors) in order to facilitate a learning experience as close to the real exam setting as possible.

Prerequisites: At least three years of medical school including clinical rotations/clerkship experiences. White coat, stethoscope, and reflex hammer.

Curriculum: The course will cover the following areas:

  1. Body language, effective communication and approach
  2. Timing and sequencing of a H&P
  3. Script preparation (so you are prepared for ALL patient encounters)
  4. High yield clinical scenarios
  5. Focused strategy sessions (individualized strategy sessions to review areas that need to be improved)
  6. Periodic practice and mock exam sessions

Schedule: This course runs 4 weeks with 3 classes/ week (usually 3 weekdays and one day on the weekend).  Classes run 4 hours with breaks included. For more detailed information about our next set of classes, please contact us at 905-232-2022 or info@focuseducationcentre.com.

Instructors: Your instructors will vary between subjects. All of whom are M.D.’s and qualified for the licensing exams being taught.

Fee: $1,400 (Includes access to all classes, FECC library, online Qbank, e-resources, student ID card, SPC discount card, USB key and individualized mentorship).

*Bonus: Individuals who sign up for our classes get discounts on our other available courses automatically!  Furthermore, if you bring a friend along who signs up with us, both of you will receive a discounted registration fee!  For more detailed information about our next set of classes, please contact us at 905-232-2022 or info@focuseducationcentre.com.

3 Days USMLE Step 2 CS Crash Course Fee – $ 850 + $ 49 (one time registration fee)

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