Recently, my boyfriend and I traveled down to Philadelphia so that I could take my Step 2 CS exam. We were lucky enough to have a bit of time to do some sight-seeing on the front end of the trip. We made a quick stop at Reading Terminal Market for cheesesteaks and doughnuts. Then we walked off all the food by taking a stroll down to see the Liberty Bell. Although our trip to Philadelphia was very short, I was glad to be able to do some classic Philadelphia activities in addition to taking the test.
The test itself was not that bad. It is broken up very nicely by several breaks. After seeing three patients, you stop for a short break. Then, after three more, it’s lunch time. After another set of three comes another short break. And then, after the final three, the test is over!
At Albany Med, we had to complete a practice clinical skills exam that felt very much like the real thing, so I felt well prepared for the test material and format. What came as a surprise to me was the number of other students from Albany Med taking the test on the same day as me! There were 10 students from AMC out of the 24 students taking the test that day. It was actually great to see so many familiar, reassuring faces on a stressful day, and to have people to talk to during lunch and breaks. We all chatted about what rotation we’ll start next week when fourth year begins. We bantered about what snacks we had chosen to bring for the test, and discussed the quality of the provided lunch (which was actually pretty nice!). When it was all over, we walked out of the test center together. Apparently it takes quite a few medical students to figure out that we needed to press the “down” button on the elevator in order to move!
Overall, it was a very long day, made even longer by a horrible drive home through an enormous rain storm. The test felt like it went pretty well, and now it’s time to wait patiently for the score. I’ll take Step 2 CK in a couple of weeks, and then I’ll be able to put Step 2 behind me completely. I’m looking forward to it!