I am a Ph.D student in Cornell and MSKCC studying pharmacology. To pursue my career in medicine in the U.S, I took tests along with my study.
Step 2CS is unique that it is not MCQ based but highly subjective. We don’t have NBME feedback for us to know where are we and how good we are for the test. Some of us use family or friend to practice, but they don’t know the exam, which makes the feedback not as real as you want it to be.
Dr. Swartz’s C3NY workshop is so great that I don’t want to use any descriptive words, just be more clear and beefy. HE TAUGHT ALL YOU HAVE TO KNOW BEYOND FA AND USMLEWORLD.
There are many subtle details about U.S culture and clinical encounter that none of us could have known if not going to medical school here. Like how to say names and drape patients, not to say how to deal with SP with various emotions and tempers. You learn many details that are so easy to operate but not easy to know from him. If you choose to do it your way, you lost many easy points that put together can let you through the exam or fail you.
Plus, he told you what the exam is about, there is a saying in ancient Chinese Culture:
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” from the Art of War from Sun Tzu.
He obviously knows the test and how it is designed and executed, so knowing the exam from inside is not something we can learn from the books, but easily achieved in his day 1 lectures.
He had this amazing practice session that you have to see and perform before him and fellow students, so others can see you and tell you what you are doing in the exam. He also gave suggestions about what you are good at and what not, believe me, he saw more CS takers than lots of people in the field, so he can be really neutral about telling you what to do and what not.
In essence: C3NY lets you know CS, know yourself and know things you can’t learn from the books. I paid little over 1,000 and was very happy that I don’t need to pay twice for CS, if I didn’t take C3NY, I know I would have to.
My experience is C3NY plus help from my lovely wife+ FA+ Help from divine side made me pass. I know Dr. Swartz doesn’t like FA, but I would say C3NY should be a word you know about CS as important as FA.
What to say in the last? He should increase the fee and have more complete training (including PE) sessions and got more students.
Thanks to Dr. Swartz and Anna and the SPs, you will learn how helpful they are when you took the CS yourself.
Dear Dr.Swartz and Mizz Lank,
I have attended your workshop in the month of June, and I’m happy to inform you that I have passed the exam. I firmly believe that your workshop played a pivotal role in my success.
Actually I lost my exam in Communcation Skills the last time I gave it. So, I decided to enroll in your course which has got some great reviews on the internet. You guys were so informative about the exam that I knew my mistakes and this time I corrected them. I think that your workshop along with Dr. Swartz’s book for Step 2 CS is enough for any IMG who is not fully aware of the American way of interacting with the patients, to get through the exam.
Dr.Swartz provided information about what a physician should do and Mizz Lank gave the information from the patient’s perspective and this combination of you two guys make this workshop so unique. The techniques like “breathing exercise” and the concepts like “acknowledge the elephant in the room” will be helpful for the rest of my life. These things also helped a lot in my exam.
The beauty of this workshop is the direct interaction with the standardized patients who gave good feedback about our performance. Adding to it we can also get a good study partner with whom we can prepare without any conflicts in our thought process which might happen if we practice with an unknown study partner on the internet.
Thank you once again for all the help, as passing this exam was very crucial for me. Hope you guys carry out the good work and keep on helping many budding doctors. I really had a nice time at your workshop and it I am glad that I attended it.
May God bless C3NY!
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!
Hello Mz. Anna,
This is Amruta Panwala from India, who attended the April session of C3NY.
I took my exam on 10th May, 2011 in Houston. Today, I got my score report and I am so happy to inform you that I have not only cleared the exam but cleared it with good stars..
I heartily thank to you and Dr. Swartz for giving us so helpful knowledge about this exam which made our preparation for the exam so easy.
I wish you and all persons working with C3NY, all the best. I hope you all grow as large academy helping FMGs in future.
I thank all of you again for helping the FMGs to achieve success for their medical carriers in USA.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Anna,
I was in your April Workshop at NYC. I took my exam on 12th of July in Chicago, and I learned on 4th of August that I passed Step 2-CS. Thank you very much for the guidance and help in preparing me for the exam.
I want to tell you my feeling before and after the exam: I have to say the class was great, and I learned very important stuff in your class. Since this was my only clinical experience that I had in the States, I trusted whatever you said about the exam, but I did have a little doubt about it. I went to the exam, and I kept the flow of the communication, showed empathy, followed to wherever the “money” was, and so on. During my three-week waiting, I tried to forget the details of the exam and kept telling myself that I followed Dr. Swartz’s protocol, and I wished that you were right. You were…I passed!
If anyone is considering attending the C3NY class, I will tell them to go for it!
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.
Dear Dr. Swartz,
Thank you for helping me pass the Step 2-CS test. I took your workshops in April and took the exam in Phili on May 22. Learned today that I passed.
The most important thing I have learned from your workshops is that I know how to interact with patients confidently. There are other things I learned that will benefit me in my future career.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I am feeling excited to tell you that I just got my result of step 2 cs yesterday, and I passed it!! I took it on 14th June in Los Angeles, and I was enrolled in your May workshops. I would like to mention that this happened after a failure, and the only thing which changed between failure and success was that I attended your classes, which was one of the best learning experience in my life.
On my previous attempt, I failed in Spoken English Proficiency (SEP). Before attending your workshops, I was very confused on how this workshop would affect my SEP, but I was wrong. Now, I strongly believe that following your concepts and styles of dealing with this exam affected and lifted my entire performance including SEP, which helped me to pass this exam.
Things I liked the most about your workshop are: your fundamental approach and knowledge of dealing with this exam, constant feedback by you, Anna, SPs, direct interaction with your SPs who have been real SPs and watching other people performing real encounter etc. Through your workshop, I also got good friends to practice for this exam, and now we are planning for the residency together.
I have already recommended my friends about your workshops and will continue doing that. Most importantly, some of them already took the exam after me and passed this exam.
I am really thankful to you and Anna, not only for helping me to pass this exam, but also for teaching me helpful traits toward my medical career in United States.
I can’t press more how important this C3NY coaching is for USMLE Step 2CS aspirants. I went to coaching with a blank mind and not even having an idea how exactly Step 2CS examwas conducted in real.
Dr. Mark Swartz is truly a good teacher; he will guide you well and prepare you for the exam.
I wouldn’t have excelled this exam if I would not have known how important it is to treat the SP’s as real patients. He pressed the importance of confidence in this exam. How to introduce oneself; how to ask open ended questions; how to show empathy; how to summarize the case; how to do physical examination; and more important how to do a perfect closure was taught by Dr Mark with so much perfection and in such detail.
I even used Dr.Mark’s Step 2CS book for Step 2CS preparation and trust me its worth every dime.
At the end of Day 3 of the workshop, you will get a clear picture how to prepare for the exam and also you will love Dr. Mark’s teaching.
What more? The result had to be PASS but with HIGH PERFORMANCE was a cherry on a cake.
I had an awesome experience with C3NY!
Thank you Dr.MARK SWARTZ
Respected Dr. Swartz and Miss Anna,
I passed the step 2 cs. It was my 2nd attempt. Last time I flunked in CIS. I did everything last time: read First Aid and UW thoroughly. But was amazed to see my result. I was very demoralized, could not find out where I went wrong. But it was when I attended your workshop that I found out that this exam is not just about checklists and gathering and completing the whole history. It is about the humanitarian approach to the patient.
I have no words to thank you Dr. Swartz and Miss Anna. It was with your able guidance and your faith in me that helped my clear this exam. I was so demoralized at that time that I was thinking of postponing the exam. It was the last week of the slot. So if I postponed I was sure that I would be out of this year’s match. Just because Dr. Swartz advised me to appear on the scheduled date I could gather confidence and appeared for the exam. I am very grateful to Miss Anna too. I called her twice after the course was over to clear some of my doubts and she was more than happy to answer all my questions. I really appreciate your helping attitude and your patience Miss Anna.
And thanks a lot to all the SPs especially Barbara and a young white lady (I’m extremely sorry I forgot her name) and all the SPs out there. All of them are very good actors. One thing I really appreciate about this workshop is that everybody gets personal attention. I really appreciate your effort and want to once again thank you for your guidance.