Per the USMLE website, Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) “uses standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.” Yeah, and it’s a pass/fail exam which costs over $1,100 and is offered in only five cities across the country. Fortunately, Houston is one of them. Oh well, I guess it’s something we all have to take at some point… just happy to be done after taking it last Tuesday. 😀
Now I’m about to start my last week of CV anesthesia. I’ve had a chance to work with most of the attendings, residents, and fellows at this point, and they’ve all been nothing short of spectacular. The farther I get, the happier I am with my decision to pursue anesthesiology… namely because of how I gel socially with the group. This rotation has also given me plenty of time to work on small IT projects – a hobby I wish to continue doing throughout residency and as an attending.
My application is pretty much finished aside from recommendation letters. Waiting to submit the form online in September. 😀