The Top 5 Reasons Students Fail the Clinical Skills Exam

By Maybeth Ryan

Top 5 Reasons Students Fail the Step 2 CS:

  • Lack of empathy
  • Minimal focus and attention
  • Time management
  • Questioning styles
  • Robotic behavior

Biggest recent changes:

  • Doctor/patient relationship,
  • Forming a partnership with patient,
  • Relating to patient as a human being,
  • Listening and gaining confidence and trust with patient,
  • Knowing the patient not just the medical illness

Key to Success

Perfect practice - talk to people, be curious about them and get to know them.

Kaplan can help

My Best to you!  Good Luck!! 


Maybeth Ryan is a CS test Preparation Expert and is the Standardized Patient Trainer and Educator for Kaplan Medical at the Newark New Jersey Center.  She is also an accomplished actress and voice over artist. Cool

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Category: CS

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