Welcome to the Usmlesource step 2 CS course. This course is developed
using a practical proven Mnemonic based approach that has works. When you
are taking the examination, you realize that it is not about knowledge but
about asking the right questions with open ended format as much as
possible. Our Mnemonic based approach is designed for you to write the
Mnemonic PAM HUGS FOSS vertically on the rough sheet provided and just
note down important facts such as medications, dates etc. The course is
organized into to three sections as below. Please go through each section
carefully and practice these cases with a friend or a family member. Wish
you all the best.
About 59 Symptoms fully worked up
approach with all the questions and the physical examination needed for almost
all of the symptoms that are commonly encountered in the USMLE CS examination. The symptom based
approach gives you a single format to work on any given symptom with all the
questions to be asked in HPI and the rest of the questions using the Mnemonic
PAM HUGS FOSS.
About 32 excellent patient interviews -
practice these cases
The Patient Encounters are completely solved
interviews with all the details worked out for you. It includes opening
scenario, examiner tasks, ability to come up with a tentative DD and enter in
the box provided, a complete patient interview transcript, physical
examination, differential diagnosis, workup, patient note and discussion.
It also includes software to help you practice the
patient note. After you are done, make sure you write a brief patient note
using the PN generator as that allows you to completely grasp the case.
About 26 virtual patient cases - practice these cases
The Virtual Cases are designed so that you can
practice these cases acting as a doctor and or SP. These practice cases start
with an opening scenario, give the questions to be asked in history and things
to do in the physical examination. It is followed by differential diagnosis,
work up and a brief summary of the case.
The advice and general info pages.
The three secrets to success in
the CS are -
Keeping this in mind, we have
developed methods to help you practice the patient note in a timed real
examination style patient note using the patient note generator software
developed by us. As you might be aware, you never fully get the complete grasp
on a case until you write up the case! So, make use of this opportunity to
practice and write up the patient note as soon as you are done with the case.
Physical examination videos and other helpful resources
We compiled a list of online videos and other materials that are useful
for your preparation. Please note that Usmlesource is not associated with
The videos require Quicktime version
7 or higher. The video files are large and are not suitable for a modem