Clinical Skills Review Course at Internal Medicine 2011

Clinical Skills Review Course at Internal Medicine 2011

Students can prepare for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination by participating in the Waxman Clinical Skills Center Step 2 Practice tutorials. These workshops consist of four stations that simulate the experience of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam. Professional teaching patients (standardized patients) will present you with common problems and provide expert feedback on your history and physical examination skills, communication skills, and written note. A checklist score will be generated and shared with you in addition to other verbal feedback on your global performance. You will be provided with a written note summarizing the feedback, highlighting areas of strengths and weaknesses. Two students will be paired for the four station workshop, allowing each student two "hands-on" experiences and two observation experiences.


I. Assessment orientation

II. 4 Station Clinical Skills Assessment

  • 15 minutes per patient visit
  • 10 minutes immediate feedback for 2 stations
  • 10 minutes for 1 patient note

III. Detailed performance profiles of scores for each of the areas of a Clinical Skills Examination:

  • conducting a relevant patient history
  • performing a focused physical examination
  • providing diagnosis
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • one graded patient note for accuracy and completeness
  • English proficiency

Here are some comments from previous medical student participants in this highly rated workshop:
 - "These teachers are excellent! Want more time with them!"
 - "The training was desperately needed. I've really gained insight on my strengths and weaknesses in the clinical setting."
 - "Best activity so far in the conference."
 - "Feedback was key!"

Activities in the Herbert S. Waxman Clinical Skills Center are free of charge to IM 2011 registrants, but are ticketed and require onsite registration.

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