The objective of the USMLE Step 2 CS is to evaluate your skills in a clinical setting (CS stands for Clinical Skills). Three components are assessed during this exam: your clinical ability, interpersonal communication with patients, and your spoken English proficiency.

The exam consists on an eight-hour, one-day session. During the session you will encounter twelve cases with a Standardized Patient (actors simulating a medical condition), and for each case you will have 15 minutes to perform a clinical history, physical examination, and counseling, plus 10 minutes to elaborate a complete patient note.

In order to apply for the USMLE Step 2 CS, you must complete the second year of medical education (for AMG's), or complete all the years of basic science according to your medical school's curriculum (for IMG's). It is recommended that you graduate from medical school, or complete the core clinical clerkships according to your Medical School's curriculum before applying to the Step 2 CS. If your medical school is from outside the United States, it must be included in the IMED ( www.faimer.org ).

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