Eric Brown

Eric Brown is a standardized patient (SP) who lives in New York and advises NYCSPREP with their Clinical Skills course. He has a BA from a liberal arts college in the north east, where he majored in the the atrical arts and business (he credits the first for his ability to simulate real patients). He’s amassed years of experience as an SP and keeps up to date with CS exam expectations, trends and developments. When the Phillies are in town, Eric considers it his duty to support his home team. He won’t be seen without his trusty catcher’s mitt on these occasions, and prides himself on having caught more than one foul ball with it. If you have any questions about standardized CS exams or courses at NYCSPREP, email Eric at or visit

12 Study Tips to Help You Pass the USMLE Step 2 CS Exam

The USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam is a critical stepping stone in your medical career, since it affects your ability to get a license. While the exam is graded pass/fail and you can take it more than once, it’s frustrating to prepare for it again and again. With the right study and practice tips, you won’t need to! Tips to Clear Step 2 CS Exam Here are some of the most effective tips to help you clear the Step 2 CS exam: Primary Resource – Even though you will find plenty of resources both online and offline, “First Aid for USMLE Step 2 CS” covers detailed cases for all the main diseases in America. It’s really the only book you need. Mini Cases – To improve your differential diagnoses, read mini cases and reread them a couple days before your USMLE exam. This will help you ask the right questions if your patient doesn’t have what you initially thought they did. Timed Practice – Simulate the conditions of the actual Step 2 CS exam by using a timer while practicing. During the real exam, this keeps you from getting too nervous and forgetting about time because you’re stressed. Live “Patient” – Working with one or more partners or standardized patients is the most important of practice tips to clear Step 2 CS exams. This lets you interact...

7 Things Medical Students Must Know About USMLE Step 1 Exam

The United States Medical Licensing (USMLE) Step 1 exam is the first stage of your medical career. You need to take this test before you can move on to Step 2 CS, followed by Step 3, and finally becoming a doctor! Here are 7 things you need to know about the USMLE Step 1 test: What is the Format? The computer-based exam takes place over an 8-hour period in one day. It is divided into 7 sections, with 60 minutes allotted to each. Each section features up to 40 questions in multiple-choice format, for a maximum of 280 total questions. You get 45 minutes of break time, divided over a maximum of 6 separate breaks. If you finish a section early, the extra time gets added to your total break time. Skipping the optional 15-minute tutorial before the exam adds an extra 15 minutes to your total break time. What is the Application Process? Medical school students or graduates of an accredited medical program in the US or Canada need to apply through the NBME (National Board of Medical Examiners). Students and graduates from med schools/programs outside the US and Canada need to apply through the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates). What Does the Exam Cover? The content of the exam covers basic scientific principles as well as your ability to solve problems using them. Categories covered in...