Step 2 CS uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.
Step 2 CS is designed to evaluate your ability to gather information that is important for a given patient presentation.
The patients you will see are lay people trained to portray a clinical problem. This method of assessment is referred to as a standardized patient examination. Most medical school programs in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) use standardized patients for instruction; many of these institutions use standardized patients for evaluation as well.
These cases represent the kinds of patients and problems normally encountered during medical practice in the United States. Most cases are specifically designed to elicit a process of history taking and physical examination that demonstrates the examinee’s ability to list and pursue various plausible diagnoses.
ABOUT THE EXAM
The kinds of medical problems that your patients will portray are those you would commonly encounter in a clinic, doctor’s office, emergency department, or hospital setting. Although there are no young children presenting as patients, there may be cases in which you encounter—either in the examination room or via the telephone—a parent or caregiver of a child.
Your Step 2 CS administration will include twelve patient encounters. The examination session lasts approximately 8 hours, and two breaks are provided. The first break is 30 minutes long; the second break is 15 minutes long.
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