Saturday, April 25, 2009

USMLE Step 3 CCS Workshop


Interactive Live online Workshop

With our years of experience, we have learned that many of our past students lacked simple but essential strategies on CCS tasks – follow ups, interval history, moving patients,  efficient use of simulated case time and essential initial orders. These live CCS workshops are designed to strengthen your approach. These time-tested strategies as well as practice sessions have worked out wonders for our previous students. Our CCS interactive, online demonstration and practice sessions are organized on every alternate Saturday or Sunday for a very nominal price of $97. We use online live webinars to organize these workshops. You need not leave your home. You can sit at your home and participate in the workshop. The initial part of the workshop will include a live lecture and a demonstration session for 2 to 3 hours. You will then get to practice under supervision. This unique technology will give you an opportunity to work on our desktop screen so that we and all the particpants in the workshop can watch you as you practice a case. We analyze your mistakes and give you immediate feedback on what needs to be improved. You will also watch and learn as other students practice different cases. In this way, almost  12 to 20 cases are practiced during a single session. Each person will get 25 minutes to practice a case. So, depending on the number of students in the class, the duration of a typical session may vary from ten hours to twelve hours. You will be provided with some break time in between. The reason for this lengthy session is to  provide you in-depth knowledge and thorough practice so that you will never have to practice CCS again. Each web meeting is usually confined to 45 students only and slots fill up very quick. The workshop requires advance registration at least two days prior to the planned session.

 Sample Live Interaction during the CCS Workshop

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Each Session includes :
a. CCS Strategies - a lecture for 3 hours
b. Recognizing unstable vitals :
- Lecture on shock and respiratory failure -1 hr. 
- Lecture on Criteria for admission to ward or ICU - 30 minutes
c. Live demonstration of CCS cases -  2 hours
d. Common mistakes committed by the examinees and preventing them
e. Tips to score extremely high on CCS
f. Follow-ups of office and ER cases
g. Efficient use of time, doing more stuff without advancing the clock
h. Avoiding invasive tests
i. Basic set of orders for emergency cases
j. The 5-minute screen - adding/ disconinuing the orders that can matter - do's and don'ts
k. Obtaining consults and their appropriateness
l. Differential diagnosis for common ER and office presentations and easy tips to get the most out of few orders.
m. Working on efficiency
n. How to schedule follow up tests at a "Later" date.
o. You will then have 25 minutes live practice of one surprise CCS case online and the instructor will analyze you live and correct you immediately as you practice the case - 25 mins x 12 to 15 cases = 6 to 8 hrs.

Note : The above information is directly taken from the website If you have further questions, please visit their website.

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