The USMLE Success Academy is Highly Ranked by the independent student members of!  Please click HERE to see the results for the “Best Live USMLE Step 2 CS Course” Poll.  Since launching our Step 2 CS Preparation Program in 2012, our students’  success rate remains at 100%!




With the increasing difficulty matching in today’s healthcare environment, medical graduates must pass the Step 2 CS examination on their first attempt.  Unfortunately, the number of graduates failing the Step 2 CS exam one or more times has increased with each passing year.  Medical graduates must strive to distinguish themselves from the competition during the match, and failing the CS exam is simply not an option. Most medical graduates choose to save money preparing for the exam by studying on their own or with their fellow colleagues, but statistics show that this alone is simply not enough to pass.  Students spend on average in excess of $100,000 on their medical education and accumulate a large amount of debt, but when their future in medicine is on the line they are choosing to prepare on their own for the CS exam because they have been listed on the difficulty of the exam or just to save some money.  Imagine what failing the CS exam would do for your career in medicine.  By taking the USMLE Success Academy’s Live Step 2 CS Preparation Program you will master the skills required to pass the exam and guarantee that your time, money, and investment in your future was not wasted away. 



Location1821 Walden Office Square, Suite 555, Schaumburg, IL 60173 (click link to view in maps)

Based out of Chicago, Illinois, our Live USMLE Step 2 CS Program is a comprehensive 4-day Program (back-to-back weekends option) or 5-day Program (weekday day & night options) that has been designed to ensure that every student that walks through our doors, no matter what their background is, will leave us with 100% preparedness and confidence in their ability to pass the CS exam.  Our Step 2 CS Program covers the most current and up-to-date cases being tested on the CS exam in all  the test centers around the Nation.  During each session, our students individually cover each and every aspect of the Step 2 CS examination (ICE, CIS, & SEP) by being immersed into our exclusive patient encounters.  We have learned, through years of trial-and-error, that the most effective strategy for helping students master the CS material is by keeping our classes small and by immersing students into every possible clinical scenario they may see on the exam, and then addressing and correcting any weaknesses they may have as they progress forward to the more difficult, challenging cases.  Our unique, one-of-a-kind approach employed in our Step 2 CS Preparation Program simply works.  Since launching our Step 2 CS Preparation Program in 2012, our students’  success rate proudly remains at 100%!

The Success Academy’s 4 or 5-day comprehensive Step 2 CS Program will develop your skills in the following ways:  by determining your individual strengths and weaknesses; building upon your strengths, while correcting all your weaknesses as you progress through your patient encounters; by practicing/critiquing your technique until it is flawless; and testing you daily on the currently being tested case scenarios in order to ensure that you will pass the actual exam.  Our 4 & 5-day Programs will cover all of the necessary ‘must know’ and currently being tested cases (approximately 65 cases will be covered during the Program), thereby allowing you to gain the practical, hands-on experience required to succeed on the exam.  Additionally, you will be provided with direct, detailed feedback from the MD instructor(s) assessing your performance following each and every unique patient encounter so that you may build upon strengths and conquer your weaknesses prior to the actual exam because a poor performance during any of the patient encounters is simply not an option.  



Our Step 2 CS Program is unlike any other in the nation:

  • We limit each session to 3 students per MD instructor in order to provide you with crucial 1-on-1 attention throughout your entire Program
  • Our Patient Encounters cover the most up-to-date, currently being tested cases throughout the Nation!
  • Our Mini-Mock exams and 4 & 5-day Programs are conducted in simulated CS exam rooms, as well as computer rooms for preparing the Patient Note, thereby giving you the exact same experience you will encounter during the actual CS exam
  • You get hands-on exposure and training, as well as immediate feedback on strengths and weaknesses
  • You will personally cover no less than 25 Patient Encounters, with additional coverage of 35+ associated cases (the CS is a practical, hands-on exam, thus the only way to ensure 100% success is by having each student actively going through all of the potential cases they may experience during the exam)
  • Following each of the 25 timed Patient Encounters (15 minutes for the actual encounter + 10 minutes for preparing the patient note), your MD instructor will fully assess your strengths and weaknesses, correct any weaknesses with you, and provide crucial advice and expert tips in order for you to gain the experience required to excel on exam day 
  • You will receive the following course materials immediately upon registering in order to adequately prepare prior to joining us on Day 1: Review of Systems (CNS, GI, Renal, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, & CVS); Mnemonics Review Guide; and Student Manual
  • Taught by MDs who are CS exam experts and have taken and passed the exam themselves (other programs do not use MDs to teach their courses and have 1 instructor for dozens of students…. We utilize 1 MD instructor for every 3 students!)
  • You will cover up to 65 cases with plenty of hands-on, 1-on-1 training
  • We’re right down the street from the actual Step 2 CS test center (we are the only program in the Nation that is minutes away from an actual CS testing center.  You can prepare with us and then take your test down the road, it doesn’t get any easier!)



On a daily basis, students can expect a combination of all of the following:

1. Introduction to the fundamentals of a perfect clinical encounter, individual assessment, and individual correction.

2. Rigorous hands-on exposure to 5 of the most high-yield, currently being tested clinical cases (a minimum of 25 hands-on cases being covered throughout the entire Program).

3. Further exposure into more challenging and unique cases through coverage of an additional 7-8 associated cases (35+ associated cases total being covered throughout the entire Program).

4. Daily timed, mock exam-style Patient Encounters, with each case being followed by a full Encounter dissection of each students’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as correction of all weaknesses through the expert guidance of an MD instructor before progressing forward to the more difficult, challenging cases.    



Each session is limited to only 3 students per MD and typically fill up 3-6 weeks prior to each session.  If you would like to register for an upcoming session, please do so well in advance of your preferred start date as many students have missed an opportunity to join a session due to the unavailability of additional spots .  Note: If you require lodging, our CS headquarters in Schaumburg, IL (located just 20 minutes West of Chicago) is located directly adjacent to our Wyndham Garden (formerly the Best Western Plus) lodging partner.  We can set-up these accommodations for you if you like upon your registration so that you can take advantage of our special USMLE Success Academy discount (the nightly room rate is $88.00 total/per night).

Upon filling out the form below, you will be re-directed to our payment processor PayPal.  Please note that you do not need a PayPal account to register, only a credit or debit card is required.  If you are paying with a U.S. credit card, you may apply for a line of credit with PayPal through ‘PayPal Credit’.  This will allow you to register and make payments at a later date.

Once your registration is received, you will be contacted via email to confirm your registration and to provide you with the course materials included in the Program .  Prior to your session start date, you will also be sent a welcome package with instructions about our location and getting started.


 2015 – 2016 Live Step 2 CS Schedule Format:

Five-Day Program Dates (weekdays): day classes run approximately from 8am-4pm and night classes run approximately from 4pm-10pm Monday-Friday.

Four-Day Program Dates (back-to-back weekends) run from 8am-5pm Saturday & Sunday. 


2015 – 2016 Live Step 2 CS Available Sessions(Please Note: If your desired session is full, please contact us at or at 888-896-4224 for further scheduling options and/or to be placed on the wait-list)

Jan 24, 25, 31 & Feb 1 (SESSION COMPLETED)


Feb 14, 15, 21, 22 (SESSION COMPLETED)

Feb 23 – 27 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

Feb 28, March 1 & March 7, 8 (SESSION COMPLETED)


March 14, 15, 21, 22 (SESSION COMPLETED)


March 16 – 20 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

March 23 – 27 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

March 28, 29 & April 4, 5 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

March 30 – April 3 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 6 – 10 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 13 – 17 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 20 – 24 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 18, 19 & April 25, 26 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 25, 26 & May 2, 3 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

April 27 – May 1 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 2,3 & May 9, 10 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 4 – 8 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 11 – 15 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 9, 10, 16, 17 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 18 – 22 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 16, 17, 23, 24 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 23, 24, 30, 31 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 25 – 29 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

May 30, 31 – June 6, 7 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 1 – 5 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 8 – 12 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 6, 7, 13, 14 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 15 – 19 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 22 – 26 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 20, 21, 27, 28 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION COMPLETED)

June 29 – July 3 (Weekdays) (SESSION COMPLETED)

July 4, 5, 11, 12 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

July 6 – 10 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

July 13 – 17 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

July 20 – 24 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

July 18, 19, 25, 26 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

July 27 – July 31 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Aug 1, 2, 8, 9 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

August 3 – 7 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

August 10 – 14 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Aug 15, 16, 22, 23 (SESSION FULL)

August 17 – 21 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Aug 24 – 28 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Aug 29, 30 & Sep 5, 6 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Aug 31 – Sep 4 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

September 7 – 11 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Sep 12, 13, 19, 20 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

September 14 – 18 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

September 21 – 25 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Sep 28 – Oct 2 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Sep 26, 27 & Oct 3, 4 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Oct 5 – Oct 9 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Oct 10, 11, 17, 18 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Oct 12 – Oct 16 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Oct 19 – Oct 23 (Weekdays) (limited spots remaining)

Oct 24, 25 & Oct 31 – Nov 1 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Oct 26 – Oct 30 (Weekdays) (limited spots remaining)

Nov 2 – Nov 6 (Weekdays) (limited spots remaining)

Nov 7, 8, 14, 15 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Nov 9 – Nov 13 (Weekdays) (limited spots remaining)

Nov 16 – Nov 20 (Weekdays) 

Nov 21, 22, 28, 29 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Nov 23 – Nov 27 (Weekdays)

Nov 30 – Dec 4 (Weekdays) (SESSION FULL)

Dec 5, 6, 12, 13 (back-to-back weekends) (SESSION FULL)

Dec 7 – Dec 11 (Weekdays)

Dec 14 – Dec 18 (Weekdays)

Jan 4 – Jan 8 (Weekdays)

Jan 11 – Jan 15 (Weekdays)

Jan 18 – Jan 22 (Weekdays)

Jan 25 – Jan 29 (Weekdays)

Please Note: If your desired session is full, please contact us at or at 888-896-4224 for further scheduling options and/or to be placed on the wait-list.