Practicing with a live Standardized patient can be intimidating for young medical students. So most students go through CS study material and when they think they are ready usually practice with other colleagues to present cases and check if they missed any questions and if they were under the 15 min time limit. They usually take turns role playing as doctor and patient.
First of all you have no idea what their background medical knowledge is, spoken English proficiency and what stage of CS prep they are in. If you practice with a beginner you might be wasting time or if you are practicing with a person who is almost ready for the exam it can ruin your confidence when you don’t present as well as they do. More importantly both the partners can be practicing it wrong as they are in the same boat.
Well, for one they are professionally trained SPs. They have all been trained by Dr Mary June who has trained thousands of students for Clinical Skills for the past 10 years and helped them pass their ICM and OSCE Exams. They not only practice with you and mechanically tell you what Questions you missed but WHY you missed and HOW you can remember them and not miss in the real exam. They also watch you on video for the CIS component and correct pronunciation /grammar. They time you and give amazing tips how to finish cases on time. Last but not the least they analyze your pattern of thinking as you ask your questions and can figure where you went off course on your line of questioning in figuring out you differential diagnosis. (This doesn’t occur in a group courses or live center sessions)
1. The timing is at a mutually convenient schedule. No more waiting for your SP’s wondering if they will turn up
2. It is online – so you can work from anywhere in the world
3. Practice from any device
4. Professional advice to help you train for Clinical Skills the right way and get YOU 100% confidence to face the CS exam.
5. Personalized for your weaknesses & strengths.