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==For those who failed CS or are yet to take it==

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==For those who failed CS or are yet to take it==

Postby dr_puma » Mon May 17, 2010 2:41 pm

I passed this exam in my second attempt.I know how traumatic this can be .I now want to coach all who need help to pass this exam.I don't promise miracles.I will just guide and nudge you and work on your specific issues/weakness be it english,be it data gathering or anything I feel is going to help u pass with confidence.

my creds:94/99/cs-2nd/91.

skype id: dr_puma_cs_coach
=============================Some Feature of my classes:=========================

-Personalised attention to each students weakness
-Help with english language as need for CS
-How to logically perfect the art of DATA gathering and CIS
-Answer to any nagging doubts a student may have
-Tips on diificult patient/cases
-How to get 100% score on data gathering
-How to master the Patient note
-How to use the blue sheet
-Mental aspects of the exam
-Pep talks to get you going
My aim for doing these coaching sessions:

To be able to help many IMG as possible to clear CS, which I believe is a exam with a twist. I say T-W-I-S-t because it is so easy to pass if you prepare with the right people and it is so easy to fail also if you don't know the right approach. The KEY is to practice with people who have passed....but those who have passed often don't have the time or motivation to help those following in their footsteps....and they are not to blame as they have to take all the other USMLE steps and do well in them. As for me I have done all steps and am waiting to apply for the next match.

[b]My story in brief:[/b]

I had done step1 and 2ck prior to 2cs.I had good scores [94/99] and lot of clinical experience in ER and Internal Medicine. Now the twist came into play, I foolishly gave the exam with 6-7 days of preparation and had done cases with people I met on the forums. I totally misjudged this exam and underestimated it. Lot of people who had worked under me in my hospital passed with 2 weeks prep and this gave me the illusion that it will be a cakewalk. It was anything but that the first time around.

After failing in my first attempt I was in a state of shock, but I managed to get out of the shock and prepared for almost 2 months....not because I was scared, but because I could not get an earlier date. In the process I joined a paid coaching session on skype and I benefited a lot from that. During these 2 months I did so many cases and read all available info/books on was almost like doing a thesis on CS.I had 14 partners all passed...most were giving the exam for the 2nd time. Many were from China, India, Peru, Nigeria and Iran and I am glad that I was able to help them with the language skills needed for this exam. And they helped me as well.

Why I failed:
I failed due to overconfidence and lack of proper practice with the right people(someone who has passed the exam).I now want that no IMG shall needlessly suffer due to these 2 reasons. I have decent English language skills and I failed the ICE -part....that is though my questioning skills were good ,my data gathering and patient note were below par.This happened because all the time I was wound up with ''mnemonics''....which work for most but did not do the trick for me.I was also having a hard time thinking of the next Q to ask the SP and so did not register all they told me.Now in retrospect I feel that failing was the logical conclusion of my haphazard prep.I say this not to scare u but to give u another viewpoint.I STILL MAINTAIN THAT MOST PEOPLE ARE BRILLIANT AND NEED ONLY 14 DAYS PREP TO ACE THIS EXAM.They don't need coaching.

After failing my cs I did an observership in a Internal Medicine private practice and that also taught me the US way of dr-pt interaction.Though I maintain it is not at all necesarry to do observership to pass...but it surely helps.I will be able to use all my experience to help you pass with confidence.CS is a confidence thing.

How this works:
I do sessions on skype, which starts with a lecture for few hours, then one of the candidate acts as doctor and I act as the patient, I give my inputs so that everyone in the group can listen and benefit. I try to do one to one practice but that may not always be feasible and the max no. of students in a class can be 4.I analyse the weakness and strengths and give tips accordingly. At the end of each session there is a Q session where u can ask your doubts.

All those interested in joining my sessions can leave their skype/email ID here or mail me at---

{dr underscore puma}

My skype ID is: dr_puma_cs_coach

Be sure to mention your exam date and time zone.

I have noticed that people start rubbishing such post pretty soon,and that is the reason why so few IMG return to help after their CS.And we must not forget we all have used Kapaln or some other coaching to get to this point.

All I can say is do a case with me and see if u will benifit or not and if you dont like this post...ignore it .
Last edited by dr_puma on Sat May 05, 2012 2:28 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: ==For those who failed CS or are yet to take it==

Postby dr_puma » Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:02 pm

============New CS Format Based Teaching==============
link=drpuma dot net
Learn from the oldest and most experienced Skype based coaching program.
Learn from a physician with loads of clinical experience and teaching experience.
New batches open from 2nd April 2014.
Be well prepared for the new changes in the Clinical Skills exam format.
One on one live skype classes.
Get answers to all your doubts.
Learn the best and most focused way to do a physical exam(via Webcam,you just need a friend as a volunteer)

skype me at: dr_puma_cs_coach
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Re: ==For those who failed CS or are yet to take it==

Postby dr_puma » Thu Oct 09, 2014 4:51 pm

New slots are available from 21 October 2014.
Skype me at: dr_puma_cs_coach
Email me at
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Re: ==For those who failed CS or are yet to take it==

Postby targetusmle » Sat Nov 14, 2015 12:14 am

better do an online course with Target USMLE..they can be reached
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