STEP 1: Standard CS Encounter
If you are a beginner for CS Prep (or) you need to know how to present any standard case (general format) for Step 2 CS (or) you need to know all the MUST DO’s for this exam, this module will take you through in 6 easy lectures. Few lectures are accompanied by the actual enacting of that lecture segment by doctor and patient. When you have completed this module, you are confident to present cases and ready to practice (student feedback)
STEP 2: System wise History Taking
This module is an add-on to step 1 standard history taking module. The lectures train you to take a FOCUSED history for each System eg. Cardiology, Respiratory, Nervous etc which is crucial for passing the Data Gathering part of ICE for Step 2 CS
STEP 3: Physical Exam Videos
This module shows videos of the doctor performing a focused Physical Exam for each system in ~ 4 minutes. This includes not only the main system but also the allied systems that you are likely to examine for the case at hand. The module shows you how to manage time, build rapport and keep the patient informed as you perform your PE. Helps pass ICE and CIS component of the Step 2 CS exam.
STEP 4: Differential Diagnosis
This module allows you to tune your medical knowledge/experience to suit the Step 2 CS format of testing. It is of utmost importance to organize your medical knowledge to a pattern of thinking not only while interviewing the patient but also writing the patient notes. You might have passively studied 8 causes of chest pain but this interactive interface allows you to check whether you are able to think quickly on your feet and convert all the theoretical book knowledge into practical quick processing skills to elicit a good history & PE, which is needed to pass this unique exam. When you work on this module you will be able to ask the correct set of questions for each door way complaint and also ace the History and PE column of the new patient note format in the Diagnostic Interpretation section! This is the first updated resource to our knowledge to help students study according to the new patient note format (changed in June 2012). Helps pass ICE (both data gathering and patient note)
STEP 5: Full 15 min Encounter
This module has 10 (ten) Full 15-minute Encounters of different systems a) Cardio b) Respiratory c) Obs/Gyn (2 cases) d) Abdomen e) Nervous f) HEENT g) Joint h) Psychiatry i) Paediatrics . Having gone through Modules 1-4, it is time to see how to input it all together in a 15 min time constrained manner! Enacted with American SP’s in a Step 2 CS simulated environment (medical equipment use, patient table adjustments, good CIS, challenging Q’s & situations etc ), it gives you a good idea of all 3 components needed to pass the exam - CIS skills, ICE & SEP.
STEP 6: Patient Notes (PN)
This module has lectures on essentials of each section of the PN (HPI, PE, DD, Diagnostic Work up), what goes into each section, the pertinent positives and negatives and has lots of tips on managing the time without compromising on recording all the information you gathered orally on the computer. You will find many samples of ideal PNs and corrected PNs (system wise) of common mistakes that students make in the step 2 CS exam. The diagnostic work up for each diagnosis under each system is also given in a tabular column. Helps pass ICE, both data gathering and patient notes of the step 2 CS exam