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Matt said:March 9th, 2015 9:36 PM

I would recommend this workshop to everyone who is working on CS! You can learn every detail of the exam from this workshop! Dr. Rowley and all the staff are willing to provide everything possible to help the students! The help you can get is not just the days when you are int he workshop. It will last until the day before your exam! And, especially you can get individualized education from Dr. Rowley. She is an excellent CS teacher! She knew our weakness and strength after the first day's class, and then she helped us to improve. And, when we left the workshop, she will again talk to everyone individually to tell us what and how we should do before the exam. Dr. Rowley and your team, thanks so much!!

Luis said:  August 16th, 2017 9:52 PM

I'll write a bullet point review so people do actually READ IT because I feel it is of extremelly importance: - excellent scores in step 1 and step 2 CK, took a prep course in CT, had high performance in the mini mock exam in ALL cases, took the exam 5 days later: FAIL in ICE. Teacher couldn't not tell me why I failed - 3 days after receiving the score, traveled from Brazil to Port Charlotte, in 5 minutes Dr. Rowley told me why I had failed. Took 3 days of Ximedus and 2 days later I took the exam in Philadelphia: PASS WITH VERY HIGH PERFORMANCE in every single component, just following the XIMEDUS methods of history, PN, PE and strategy, It is not about money, or about anything else, it's all about what a fail in this exam represents to us IMG's Don't think twice in what course to take.

Henry Chien said: October 15th, 2015 3:49 PM

Took my exam; passed it. A special thank you to Dr. Rowley and all her exemplary staff who went the extra mile training me to tackle this abomination of an exam that shouldn't exist. I had taken the exam before and failed while the very people I coached and practiced with daily for months on end passed. I had many questions that went unanswered until I went to Ximedus. Dr. Rowley and her crew were very patient, clear and encouraging. They did an incredible job in preparing me for my final showdown. I had taken other preparation courses for CS before and none come close to the quality Ximedus offers, NONE.

Dr. Chen said:May 11th, 2017 7:23 PM

I passed my CS. Great thanks to Dr. Rowley and all the staff I met in Ximedus. I took a 5-day course last December, from which I learned how to manage my time, choose appropriate physical examinations, show my empathy, start a interview, and organize my closure, Sincerely, I recommend this course to all people who want to pass CS.

Hassan Moria said:March 5th, 2015 7:46 PM

being an Anesthesiology and Critical care Attending with being away from the basic structure and requirements of CS step two exam is definitely very difficult experience to pass the exam in ultrashort period of time prep (10 days), I took the 5 days course which is recommended. Ximedus members are able and very confident to let you pass the exam. Hassan Moria, MD, SABanes Saudi Arabian Board Certified Anesthesiologist

Terri Mason said:  April 4, 2018

I will forever be grateful to Dr. Rowley and the Ximedus team. I am a US med school grad who failed Step 2CS on the first attempt. When I found out my results I was absolutely devastated. It was a couple months before I would begin applying for residency. I took the 5 day workshop in July 2017 at the suggestion of my school's student affairs office. After speaking with other students from my school who had success with the program, I decided to attend.  The course was absolutely amazing. The sessions were very interactive and Dr. Rowley took time to make sure she learned and met the needs of each student in the workshop. I learned way more than just how to study and perform well on this test. I learned skills that will help me to become a more empathetic and competent physician. The program provides you with lots of opportunities for practicing as well as an abundance of straightforward resources to take home with you. Unfortunately, I was unable to take the test in the time frame discussed with Dr. Rowley. The test underwent some changes in scoring and I was unable to secure a test date prior to the changes. Dr. Rowley made it her priority to make sure she stayed up to date with any changes made to the test in order to help students perform well. I ended up pushing my test back to December due to residency interviews and personal reasons. The Ximedus team followed up with me often to see how my studying was going and offered support along the way. When it got close to my exam, I reached out and was able to get honest feedback on whether I was ready to make the second attempt. I trusted Dr. Rowley when she said I needed more practice and pushed my test date further back. I was matched with a study partner who was consistent and it helped boost my confidence. They also worked with my unique situation to make sure I had the tools to succeed because I only had one more chance to take the exam and pass in order to fully complete my degree requirements. This included practice sessions via Skype and evaluating my timed practice patient notes. Ximedus went above and beyond from the time I sent a message on the website asking about how to attend the workshop all the way up until I got my test results. I finally took my test in January 2018 and found out that I passed in March 2018, right before match week. Not only did I pass, but I received high performance in CIS and above borderline moving into high performance for ICE. On my prior attempt I just had above borderline performance in CIS and all borderline/lower performance in ICE. By passing Step 2CS on the 2nd attempt, I was able to be SOAP-eligible in the event that I did not match. With the help of Dr. Rowley and Ximedus, I was able to finish my degree and match into my desired specialty. The workshop is definitely worth the time time and investment. I am currently working in a family physician's office until I begin residency and I use a lot of the communication and exam skills taught in the workshop to provide the best care to my patients.  Dr. Rowley is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about teaching.  I am so grateful.

George T. said: June 25th, 2015 10:02 AM

Just yesterday I received my results of Step 2 CS and I passed! My scores were way above borderline in every component. I am an IMG who took the five day Ximedus course and I would rate it a outstanding!!! Great and polite staff, friendly atmosphere, and all that in the nice town of Port Charlotte. The "soul" of the course, Dr. Rowley is an amazing teacher who can read every student regarding their individual weaknesses and help them improve accordingly. Not only is she an intelligent doctor and teacher, but one of the kindest persons I've ever met. She was always there for me and for any of my classmates who asked her help. The course has boosted my performance and organized my thought process with the acronyms which is vital during an exam in which time management anxiety can make you forget simple things during history taking and loose easy points. They pay attention and help you improve even the tiniest details. They also teach the systems approached clinical examination perfectly! Apart from the exam their H&P approach have also certainly improved my skills in the everyday medical practice. From here I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to you Dr. Rowley and to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me... THANK YOU :-D

Alejandra said: August 23rd, 2017 9:21 PM

This was the best Workshop. I passed my CS exam at my first attempt!! all the team of Ximedus and Dr. Rowley, were great thank you for everything! I learned so much with you guys...totally recommend it!... ximedus gave me confidence and taught me time management, help me improve my patients notes and do a quick physical exam, it helps you prepare in the best possible way for the exam after the workshop you will comfortable because you know what to expect.

Shinthu said:January 19th, 2015 4:23 PM

I would like to mention how i passed my Step 2 CS on the first attempt thanks to Ximedus. Without doubt, I would highly recommend this program to any individuals preparing for their exam. I was enrolled in the 5 day program. I came in with very little knowledge of how to go on with the preparation but that 5 days changed it all. Dr. Rowley is definitely one of the best educator and a doctor I've come across. She put an extraordinary team together. There were so much that the SPs were willing to offer us to prepare us to be a better clinician. I especially loved how each day was segregated systematically to focus on the most important aspects of this exam. Patient history taking was a lit simplified to learn without having to memorize. We were taught to be great clinicians with appropriate bed-side manners. The best part of this program was feedbacks given to us by the SPs at the end of each encounter allowed us to focus on our weaknesses the most. There's a lot more to mention about this program but i would like to end it off by saying Ximedus will definitely leave you feeling prepared and confident! Thank you

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A. Tiwari said: February 4th, 2017 4:22 PM

I took the 5-day CS workshop in October 2016. I got my results on 1 Feb 2017: I passed!! I was very pleased with the course. Dr. Rowley and her staff were fantastic, and helped me learn all that I needed in order to pass Step 2 CS on my first attempt. They helped me improve my patient notes, and learn a faster way to get all the patient information I needed using the most appropriate questions and responses. They also helped me learn how to do quick, thorough physical exams. I couldn't have done it without Ximedus. I definitely recommend their courses.

Gaston Camino Willhuber said: July 2nd, 2017 8:44 AM

As a foreign doctor I was really nervous, I took the 5-day course and I passed the exam!!! Dr. Rowley and all the team are really great, professional. I am sure that this course gave me all the skills and tips that I needed. I took the exam 2 days after the course, I don't recommend to do that, but still I passed!!! I thank to all the team!!! Strongly recommend!!! Gaston Camino Willhuber

Bruno said:August 12th, 2015 3:08 PM

I'd like to let you know that I passed USMLE Step 2 CS. I took the 5 day course and it was a great experience, that helped to build my confidence. Dr. Rowley is a nice person and an excellent CS instructor. Ximedus is 100% recommended. Take this test seriously, practice and follow their personalized recommendations. That's the best advice I'd give.

Daniel Eduardo Carrasco MD said: April 14th, 2016 2:45 PM

Nothing will give you the opportunity to review every aspect of this abominable exam like Ximedus. I practiced everything I learned from my one week course and it payed off on exam day. I highly recommend it, the staff is great and ready to focus on your individual weaknesses. Take this course and test with confidence on exam day.

Gonzalo Mezquita said: February 2nd, 2017 5:24 PM

Got my results yesterday!!! Passed!!! I couldn't have done it without Ximedus prep course!!! Amazing course, amazing organization, amazing people. 100% recommended!!

Kristy King said:August 12th, 2015 7:40 PM

I am a US IMG, and I took the 5-day course at Ximedus. I did all of my rotations in the US, and after taking CS, I was so thankful that I had not underestimated this exam. Dr. Rowley's techniques helped me determine how to perform a FOCUSED physical exam. it is one thing to know the system(s) you need to examine for a particular complaint, but that knowledge is not going to help you pass this exam because there is simply not enough time to do everything. On the exam, the cases are often vague, and there are multiple systems you will consider examining. If you don't have a technique to quickly determine which parts of each system to examine, you will lose points FAST! Dr. Rowley's techniques also help you keep your patient note focused, with appropriate support for your diagnoses. In addition, the special mnemonics Dr. Rowley and her staff have developed to quickly determine the possible diagnoses, as well as recall the most efficient physical exam sequence, were extremely helpful. Dr. Rowley knows the CS exam inside and out. After you leave the course, Dr. Rowley will stay in contact with you and offer you the guidance and tutoring you need to feel confident. When Dr. Rowley says "you are ready", you can be sure you are going to walk into that testing center and have a good day. I ended up with high performance in all three categories. I feel I have the clinical skills I need to succeed in residency. I couldn't have achieved this without the knowledge and skills I acquired at Ximedus. Overall, ALL of the Ximedus staff are kind and compassionate people, who truly want you to succeed - not only on CS, but on your road to achieving a US residency. Many students underestimate this test and end up being ineligible for many residency programs that require a first time pass on CS. I am so glad I didn't take that change! Good Luck!!

SABRI E A said:February 11th, 2015 9:05 AM

i am glad to tell that i passed my step2 cs exam. thanx t god first, then to the highly organized 3 days extensive course with Dr. Rowley and her staff. personally i feel this is one of the best preparation course; it focuses on the candidate weakness and really i changed. many concepts about the exam when i am done with it. Dr. Rowley is also very kind person, she do really care about your weaknesses and her advice was priceless. i'd like to thank you all and i strongly recommend this course, specially for IMGS=.

Stepan said:March 15th, 2017 3:57 PM

I would like to share my opinion about the Ximedus course. I am an IMG and I took the 3-day course, in fact I did almost just 2 days, because I had a flight delay and missed a large part the 1st day. Besides that I passed the exam with the help of Dr. Rowley and all the other staff. I want to thank everyone who worked with me!! I advice to to take this course and I think it's better to take the 5 day course, because I was left with some questions at the end of the course and I know that very useful information is provided in the other 2 days. But at the same time my questions did not remain unanswered, Dr. Rowley helped and answered my questions after the course!!!! I appreciate that very much. I realised that every advice given in those days were very valuable!!!

Sherina Shahbazian said:March 18th, 2015 12:37 AM

I did the course between my Emergency Medicine rotation. I did the 5 days and I highly recommend it especially if you are a foreign graduate. The staff is very nice and Dr. Rowley is kind and helps you with your exact weakness. I am sure I wouldn't have passed first time if it wasn't for Dr. Rowley's guidance and encouragement. I took the exam a month after the course due to my school schedule, but I was able to review everything and get personalized tutoring on skype a week before my exam, which helped me with my weakness. I do use the orders and the techniques Dr. Rowley taught us every day with my patients. Ximedus not only prepares you for Clinical Skills exam, it prepares you to be one great physician. Thank you Dr. Rowley for the amazing experience and knowledge.

Amila N. said:October 9th, 2015 9:05 PM

To anyone who is considering Ximedus for USMLE Step 2 CS: In preparation for Step 2 CS, I was given all the cliche advise from my peers; "Just study the Firstaid cases", "You will pass if you can speak english", "Just do heart, lungs & abdominal exams" etc. However, I was extremely uneasy prior to the USMLE CS exam because of the lack of an objective way to self assess myself as I would for Step 1 of Steo CK (via NBMEs or Uworld assessments). A colleague of mine had recommended Ximedus and mentioned that they provide assessments with feedback prior to and after the course in addition to teaching the skills necessary for the exam which weighed heavily in my decision to enroll in the 3 Day program. After the program, Dr. Rowley provided me with great feedback and their study partner program paired me with another fellow Ximedus student. We both practiced our cases for 1 month and proud to say PASSED the exam. In short, do NOT take this exam lightly. My only regret is not signing up for the 5 day course. She will prepare you to be better physician and not just to pass the CS. Thank you Dr. Rowley & the Ximedus staff. Amila

Ioannis said:December 25th, 2014 1:14 PM

You may have heard quotes, like if you speak English you are good with cs or Just remember to wash your hands and that is about it. Keeping a good result in mind sometimes simplifies things. Moreover, minimum performance required now has nothing to do with requirements in the past. Dr. Rowley is devoted to guiding medical graduates through step 2 cs with unparalleled enthusiasm and exceptional professionalism. She has deep knowledge of all aspects of the exam and keeps herself up-to-date on both the formal changes and the ones concealed behind slight changes in phrasing of the cs booklet. She receives feedback from a large pool of examinees in all 5 centers throughout the year. Her prior interaction with them during the course and her formal training in medical education further enhance her ability to validate their impressions and to adjust the course content accordinlgy. So in a race-like exam with strong elements of subjectivity and unclear rules, taking an educated guess is much more efficient than simply taking a guess. In the workshop, training is individualized after an early assessment of each participants competence. The schedule maintains a fine balance between class and practice time. Well-trained Sps will make sure the participants are exposed to a wide range of cases, most of them within the difficulty range of the actual exam, but some of them covering extreme cases that sometimes show up. All elements scored in the actual exam are covered in depth and feedback on performance is provided on multiple occasions. The comprehensive binder also provided is ideal for high-yield study. Each participant is re-evaluated later during the course and Dr. Rowley suggests an individualized study and practice plan, including feedback on patient notes and practice via skype with experienced SPs like Paul and Jo. The Ximedus team stayed next to me until the exam and fully addressed my needs. And my test result verified that Ximedus was an excellent choice.

Dr. Thongthaisin said: August 17th, 2017 9:35 AM

Took the 3-day course and took the test 6 days later and passed! Dr. Rowley was very kind and knowledgeable. The SP's were very nice. The hotel was good. The food was food. The weather was nice. I highly recommend Ximedus!