As you already know medical school is full of examinations. Although studying can be a bit stressful, especially for board examinations. But there is one test that I am actually really looking forward to studying for.
Both Osteopathic and Allopathic medical students have to take an examination called Level 2 Performance Evaluation (Osteopathic students) and Step 2 Clinical Skills (Allopathic students) where they travel to a location and see about 13 standardized patients who are “acting” out various clinical case scenarios such as chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, depression, etc. This 8-hour day is basically a way to test students regarding their patient encounter skills along with their bed-side manner.
I am really excited for this exam because seeing patients (actors or real) is the best part of medicine given that I am able to help them alleviate their pain and come up with solutions to best meet their needs. It is also a fun way to end our third year and really use the skills that we have gained during our rotations.
For those of you who have already taken this examination, what tips and tricks do you have to do well? Commend down below!