When we set out to lay down the foundation for STEP2IT we took the perspective of a prospective student. What would WE be looking for in an exam prep course? How can STEP2IT stand out and offer something different? Why is STEP2IT the BEST course for the clinical skills examination?

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Comparison STEP2IT Competitors
Class size
• Small class size, limited to a maximum of 4 students.
• Large class size, you'll find a minimum 4 students.
Pricing • Group options are less expensive than other professional review courses. • Group options at other review courses are more than $1.5k.
Time efficiency
• An accelerated, maximally time efficient, accelerated, "boot camp" approach. Makes total use of class time over 3-4 days. • Teaches you a generic “copy and paste”, one-size-fits-all style curriculum for all students. This wastes time on topics you don’t need.
Pass rate
• Industry leader with a 95%+ passing rate. • Pass rates are comparable to the national average. That means there is a negligible difference between a student that takes their course versus an examinee that DOESN'T take a prep course at all.
Tailor-made curriculum • Specializes in assisting students who have not passed on the first attempt as well as addressing the needs of first-time examinees. • ALL students are treated as if they are taking the exam for the first time.
Schedule • Class session time is not strictly capped. The aim is to meet minimum objectives day by day, which varies with each student's individual needs. We operate on a "Work to Criteria" principle. • Scheduling is already set according to the program’s discretion. One size is expected to fit all.
Session Time
• In most cases, there is flexibility to prepone or postpone session time to fit with a student's travel plan as necessary. • Defined and set hours of operation regardless of how much material covered or how the students perform. No flexibility to adjust session time for any one student.
Teaching Style
•Interactive, facilitative, "discussion" style of teaching that keeps you engaged at all times. •Traditional, boring, PowerPoint or "lecture" style of teaching. Nap-time.
Curriculum updates
•Uses a dynamic, adaptive curriculum that is constantly evolving to stay ahead, sharp and updated to the latest exam trends. •Uses a set, static, outdated curriculum that requires lengthy administrative approval in order to evolve and update according to the latest exam trends.
Qualifications •Clinical Professors are MDs with both international as well as American medical experience and experience in medical education. •Questionable qualifications, limited American or international medical experience. Limited teaching experience.
Reliable methodology
•Uses safe, smart, proven, time-tested methods and "best practices" that are sourced from a variety of reliable and credible sources of information. Translates into a highly effective outcome. •Some programs advise risky and dangerous shortcuts and foolish tricks for you to employ. Others use limited, narrow, outdated practices that translate into a less effective outcome.
Teaching goals
•Teaching is based on a goal to excel you to aim for HIGH performance and pass the exam comfortably. •Teaching is based on a goal to help you do the minimum to meet the mark. You may squeeze through by luck.
Strategic Approach to Scoring
•Sets the foundation so that you gain a clear understanding of the design of the exam and guides you to plan a smart strategy case by case.
•Some programs do not introduce you with a foundation of understanding and instead rely solely on providing you the service of offering you practice for SP encounters.
Full coverage of ICE and foundation of knowledge
•A thorough and full review of all major medical subjects and disciplines with full pathophysiological and academic discussion in correlation with ICE. Skills that help you become more efficient and are usable in the real world. •Inadequate coverage of medical content. SPs unable to adequately correct ICE deficiencies. Relies on a generic, copy/paste "standard checklist". Discourages vital critical thinking skills.
Patient Note review
•Thorough Patient Note review with detailed critique and feedback case by case. •Some programs don’t focus on the Patient Note review and critique. They will tell you to go and practice on your own.
Use of video replay
•Live Video Instant Replay allows you to watch a video of each encounter that has been specifically marked to let YOU see the errors you make for yourself. •Review and critique, if any, is recalled from memory and will be inaccurate. Seeing yourself perform on video speaks better than anything else.
Physical Exam Techniques
•Teaches proper and complete physical exam techniques. Keeping it focused and pertinent to the case balanced with keeping it time efficient for the purpose of Step 2 CS. A full review of all the major systemic physical examination areas. •Some programs tell you not to concentrate on PE and that "quick and basic" is enough; a "cut and paste" approach that entails the same rudimentary general exam and auscultation for every case. Superficial physical examination techniques that will not secure you in both ICE and CIS.
Quantity of patient encounter simulations
•Each student gets an adequate opportunity to take cases that cover EVERY discipline over day 2-4. On day 4 there is an optional full day Mini-Mock Exam. (Premium Individual/Group Discount Prep) •Inadequate opportunity for each and every student to take cases. The majority of class time for each student is spent in a “watch and learn” hands-off experience. No Mock Exam.
Medical equipment and instruments
•Use of medical equipment similar to that which is used in the CSEC testing center. •Some "programs" don’t use any kind of medical equipment.
Patient counseling and closure of cases
•A bullet-proof, solid method to counsel patients and close cases in order to receive "high performance" scoring. •Counseling and case closure using the same generic script in all cases with a weak delivery that hardly sounds authentic.
Realism •Teaches you how to come across as sincere and believable. •Teaches you to sound fake and robotic.
Opportunities to ask questions
•Unlimited opportunities and freedom to ask questions before, during and after classes. •Limited opportunities to interrupt and ask questions.
Critique and feedback
•Clear, honest, accurate, continuous feedback and critique provided by a Clinical Professor. You are not only shown the "how" but also shown the "why" of everything. •Vague, ambiguous, subjective feedback provided by SPs without proper explanation or justification. You are expected to derive your own conclusions and figure it out.
Confidence and professionalism
•Helps you to present yourself with the smooth confidence and professionalism of a physician. •Will make you sound like every other nervous medical student.
Personal limitations that impede performance
•Addresses students that face performance anxiety, glossophobia or have a reserved personality. •Does not address internal factors that limit a student's performance potential.
Post-course support
•Follow-up post-course support and advice available. Students are treated with sincere individual respect and care. •No priority to develop a post-course relationship with students. Once you are out the door, you are forgotten.
Group discounts
•Group discounts are available. There is always a concern for the "budget minded" students. •No group discounts. Always seeks ways to maximize profits at your expense.
Financial risk
•Requires only a $50 deductible deposit for registration. No other risk up front. •Requires large deposits or total costs to be paid upfront. More risk.
Quality experience
•Professional website, attention to detail, and an organized approach to teaching. Evidence that we are the consummate experienced professionals that will deliver you a quality experience in every way. •Many courses have an amateur, unprofessional appeal, that reveals that they are not seriously committed to their students. They don't pursue every effort to be at the cutting edge and deliver a quality experience.
Score report analysis
•Analysis of past attempt score report. •No analysis of past attempt score report.
Travel and accommodation logistics
•Travel, accommodation logistics and guidance provided. You are not left lost on your own to figure it out. •Minimal guidance for travel and accommodations provided. Google Maps is your only friend.
Free local transportation
•Provides FREE local VIP transportation for students. •No local transportation provided.
Free perks
•Free coffee and WIFI. •Run around the corner to recharge and catch up.
Reputation •Established, stellar, renowned reputation since 2006. Verifiable positive feedback from hundreds of real students. •Overnight startups that are more like "experiments" that come and go. Complaints, bad reviews and fake "good" reviews are rampant on the internet.
Final Evaluation
•Final Evaluation that is provided by a Clinical Professor with thorough discussion before you leave. •Final Evaluation provided by a computer printout that leaves you scratching your head.
Different forms of preparation
•No phone/Skype/online courses are offered. Only a FULL Live course; this is the ultimate and best solution of exam prep for Step 2 CS. •Will offer you any type of course format that seems convenient and economical but will be hardly effective. The student unknowingly takes the risk.
Overall The Clear Choice Take a Gamble

Because the bar has been set really high from the outset we've found that there really is no competition. The only competition that remains is ourselves. Our challenge has always been focused on how to continually improve on a proven formula of success. Every class advances us with that goal.


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