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.

Weisi Yan M.D., Ph.D.China