Hi Dr. Swartz and the C3NY team,
Thank you all so much.
I can say the workshop was wonderful; it decreased my fears about the exam. After my exam I was so exhausted. I think C3NY workshop helped me a lot and increased my confidence. I recommend it to everybody.
I am taking my Step2CK in the end of the month.
Dear Ms. Lank and Dr. Swartz,
I’m from the September 2011 workshop (the one with a baby). Had my CS exam 5 days after the workshop in Chicago.
A couple of days ago I received the results. Thank God and thank you, I passed! My report shows very high performance in Data Gathering, what I attribute solely to your course.
Because of low typing speed, I was really nervous about Patient Notes, so I also used Dr. Swartz’s advice to put the most relevant information in the first sentence (like: the patient with a history of XXX, currently on YYY, now presents with ZZZ). It really helped a lot. Thank you again.
Dearest Dr. Swartz, Anna and SPs,
We are the couple of Brazilian psychiatrists who attended your C3NY workshop last July. Our test results just arrived and we both passed!
Attending your lectures was fundamental for our success. One of us had previously failed the exam, but our gloominess and intimidation completely faded after the first day of classes. Your way of dissecting the test, showing its purposes and what it is to be expected from the examiners and us was key in taking lots of question marks from our heads, and making us believe that it was doable. That alone provided enough confidence to face the task, but as we saw from the last couple of days, there was more!
The recap of the physical exam was great. You clearly showed that we could get what we needed from the SPs on those fifteen minutes, physical exam included. Timing ourselves afterwards proved you right and brought even more confidence.
But it seems the best was served last. The supervised encounters with feedback from Anna, Dr. Swartz, the SPs and our colleagues ranked among the best educational experiences ever. You learn from others, help others to learn, and that happens right in front of our eyes during the last day of the workshop. It was incredible to compare our moods before the first day of classes to the ear-to-ear smile we had on our faces when we left to the airport after the last day. And we had not even taken the test yet!
The main trouble on the day of the exam was keeping ourselves calm, but for that we had some theatrical tips learned from Anna. It was facing the beast and “following the leads”. They were there and proved to be invaluable. The toughest part ended up being the wait for the results, but now it is over.
We would like to thank all the colleagues who participated in the July workshop with us, and especially for the C3NY team we would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you so much! Muito Obrigado! May God bless you all, and keep on sharing your light.
Hi Dr. Swartz and Ms Lank,
I am glad to let you know that I have passed the step 2 CS exam. The tips provided in the class were of immense help to tackle the exam. I am extremely grateful to you both and all the SPs .
With best wishes and regards,
Dear Dr. Schwartz and Mizzzzzz Lank (I am actually pronouncing it),
This letter is a token of appreciation and gratitude for making us confident in our Step 2CS venture. The third day of the workshop (a blushing exposure to the SP’s), I was almost convinced that I will have to take my CS exams twice, in order to pass.
But, to put it into perspective apart from guiding us, you have practiced and exposed us to a behavioral therapy which actually has worked out.
I have passed the CS in my first attempt.
It may sound weird, but I had decided to quit the ECFMG examination process had the results been negative.
May God bless people like you with more life and health.
My heartfelt and best wishes for C3NY.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna Lank,
Hi..I had taken the C3NY Workshops in the end of April. I had given the exams on May 10 in Philadelphia.
I just received my results and have cleared the exam. The exam was very similar to the course. The actors weren’t as good, however, as the ones at C3NY. Also I couldn’t figure out the diagnosis in half the cases. I just told them I had to further investigate to come to the diagnosis.
I absolutely agree with you Dr. Swartz that Step 2 CS is all about how the patient responds to the questions. I just followed the hints the patient gave me, but I wasn’t at all impressed by my performance at the end of the exam. I thought I had flunked the exam, but I passed!
Anyway, your course was very helpful, and God bless C3NY.
Dear Dr. Swartz and Ms. Anna,
I was in your May 2009 workshop, and took the exam on June 2 [Houston] got the result on Aug 19 and I passed.
When I came to your workshop, I had a very little idea about communication skills, but I learned a lot about communication skills after I attended it. On the final day SP encounter, you told me that I was good in ICE and SEP, but I have to improve the CIS part. You taught me how to improve it. In the real exam, the SP’s were very happy with the introduction, which you taught us.
Thanks a lot for helping me pass this exam. I believe that you could help anybody to pass this exam.
God bless you and your team!
Dear Anna & Dr. Swartz,
I am so glad to let you know that I passed my step2-CS exam from the ECFMG system, even though I have to wait for several days to receive my official score report. I took my CS exam on May 9th.
I really appreciate you because your workshop well prepared me for the exam, especially the communication skills. The art of medicine that I learned from your workshop not only gave me big help for the CS exam, but more importantly will also help for my future career. Now in my daily activity, I can feel the importance of good communication skills every moment. Thank you very much for your wonderful teaching.
Thanks for all the SPs and Ginny for their excellent job too.
I am very impressed by your devotion to the students. I am very grateful.
Dear Everyone at C3NY,
First, let me tell Dr. Swartz, Anna, and all SPs the good news: I passed!
Second, I need to thank you all! I found your program to be very helpful for my preparation for the Step2-CS . Furthermore, I will highly recommend your program to anyone who wants to pass the Step 2-CS.
I found Dr. Swartz’s lecture to be very insightful, and the SP’s are very accurate….. The knowledge I gained while attending this program is not only useful for passing the Step2-CS exam, but also useful in my further medical career in the USA.
Thanks SO MUCH again!
P.S. 96 I PASSED ON FIRST TRY!
Dear Dr. Swartz and Anna,
I am Zung Hoang, a student in June 2008 workshop. I took my CS in July 17th in Philly and got my result on October 8, 2008. I passed the exam for the first time.
My point of view about your course: It was a good start for me. It gave me the knowledge of how the test would be, the information about the test. However, with my own background as a IMG not learning medicine in English, the course was just a starting point for me. After your course, I had to practice a lot and took two more courses, one in New Jersey and one in Philly. The disadvantage of running around was that I found many confusing points, but I kept following what Dr. Swartz lectured. However, these courses gave me the experiences of how a real test encounter was and helped me to build up the skills to manage time, coming up with probing questions and control my anxiety during the encounter.
I wish you a very happy holidays and more success in your course in the future.