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Passed ... Best Step 3 Resources

Discussion in 'Step III' started by YALEMED, Sep 10, 2006.

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  1. YALEMED

    YALEMED New Member

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    Been a silent member for a while and just got my score for Step 3 (97/236) so here is my experience and feedback:

    BEST STEP 3 RESOURCES:
    1. PRACTICE SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND CCS SOFTWARE ON USMLE CD
    2. PICK 1 REVIEW BOOK
    FIRST AID > CRUSH BECAUSE FIRST AID HAS CCS SECTION IN BACK
    3. PICK A SOURCE FOR PRACTICE QUESTIONS AND CCS
    USMLEWORLD FOR MCQS
    USMLESTEPS123 FOR CCS.


    I studied about a month for the exam, this exam is more a nuisance than anything else. The MCQs are not very straightforward. Some questions I didn't even know where to look up the answers to and some were dumb like which test is most appropriate when in reality you would order all the tests. The ethics questions were dumb and common sense items. I looked through the question banks in Usmleworld and Kaplan, both are overhyped and not completely reflective of the exam, but its better than nothing. The CCS were a lot easier especially when you already have seen all the cases. The CCS section in back of first aid has just about evey case you can expect to see on the exam. I used usmlesteps123 which gave some useful tips and strategies, but the way their cases are organized is a little weird. Overall, being in medicine residency helped out a lot for the exam and taking it close to Step 2 is helpful. This exam was a pain in the arse, but glad it's over.
  2. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation

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    Thanks for the thoughts! I'm taking step 3 next month and appreciate your insights.


    Wook
  3. shane_doc

    shane_doc New Member

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    :) Thanks for the info. I was going to go with Kaplan for mcq but it seems most ppl are using usmleworld now. Does that seem true to you guys. I did a search to get some comparison on the 2 but the question kaplan vs usmleworld was never answered.
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    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus

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    It's quite likely that few people are going to purchase both of these on-line Question-type subscriptions. Kaplan has been around with Q-Bank since 2001 or so. USMLEWorld has been around a couple of years. It is not likely that they differ enough to make a difference in your USMLE Step III score. Look at samples of both and decided which you like.
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    what is this?

    thanks
  6. YALEMED

    YALEMED New Member

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    usmlesteps123.com - it is a website that offers practice CCS cases.
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    I used Qbank and first aid, I stuckwith qbank because I had used it for steps 1&2 and was satisfied with it
    I used usmlesteps123.com for CCS practice and did fine


    hope that helps
  8. Photon Catchers

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    I used First Aid for Step 3 and Kaplan Q bank, both of which I purchased on Friday before my Monday/Tuesday exam. Fun weekend for me.

    I used those resources b/c I used them for Step I and II, and was comfortable with the format, and I thought they were fine.

    When taking Qbank questions, I kept thinking, "this question is ridiculous!". There was not enough info, the choices were just a touch "off", or I would have selected more than one answer....

    Well, Step 3 was even worse. I kept looking for more choices, including:
    F. I would take a better history, so I know what to do next
    G. I would do a better physical exam, so I could find the one finding I need to make my decision
    H. A and B, then C
    I. None of the above answers, I would speak to the patient much more tactfully than that (I hope)
    J. I would look that up in my Palm Pilot

    Back to the question... obviously I can't compare Qbank to USMLEworld or other online resources, but I thought it was good practice for the test (if you don't mind paying $175 for 2 days of use).
  9. deardr07

    deardr07 New Member

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    that has the Clinical Cases in the back?
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    Strong medicine and HIDDEN GEM CD....hands down.

    Just got my score 241/97...only studied 4 weeks.
  11. NuMD97

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    Hmmm....under how many different names are you posting this "phenomenal" CD of yours? C'mon....'fess up!
  12. NuMD97

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    First Aid has the CCS cases in the back of the text, yes.

    USMLE World is an online subscription service that many have used. Check out their website directly: www.usmleworld.com.

    This is NOT a paid advertisement, just an answer to your query.
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    I used First aid, world qbank and usmlesteps123 CCS which worked for me. There is no magic source though, whatever you study, be sure to study it well and you will pass.
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    uclacrewdude the uclacrewdude abides

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    my program wants me to get started on passing step 3 NOW. first of all, dude. second of all, dude. im still unwinding from 4th yr, and i have like three more months before the end of life as i know it. that being said, a lot of people have said that being an intern helps you navigate better through the CCS stuff. since im going into surgery and the majority of the test is focused on internal medicine, is this true for surgical interns -- that PGY1 experience will help you perform better on step 3?
  15. Long Dong

    Long Dong My middle name is Duc.

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    I didn't know you could take it as a 4th year?
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    I took Step III in Feb of my PGY-1 year right after ABSITE (Jan). I can't say that anything in my PGY-1 year helped with Step III. My senior medicine course (done in October of 4th year) was the most useful as the exam is primarily medicine (family & internal) and the software disk that you get when you register for the test is invaluable. Other than that, the test was a bit easier than Step II (CK). In hindsight, I could have taken this test right after submitting my rank list and done fine.
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  18. ScopeHound

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    I thought some states allow you to take Step 3 as a fourth year. I heard some IMGs take step 3 before residency, so perhaps its possible for US grads to also.
  19. docsri

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    IMG's can take step 3, ONLY IF they have their MD degree already. Otherwise, its not dice for them as well.
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    in my opinion, residency is almost detrimental, as you are already spread so thin, and on top of that studying for a test looming ahead -- makes you feel like sh+t and worthless at times -- like you are not doing enough, but at the same time doing all that you can... stressful at times but manageable, if you make a plan and then stick to it. Much easier said than done. :cool:
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    Theoretically you can take it as a 4th year. I know that Texas definitely allows this. However, you cant register until AFTER you graduate, which gives you only about 1.5 months to get registered and schedule a test date before internship starts in July.

    Given that it can take 6 weeks just to get your confirmation notice so you can schedule, its not likely to happen in reality although theoretically you could get lucky if they process your paperwork very fast.
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    For those of you who used USMLESteps123 CCS cases...what were you all scoring on it? Is it like USMLEWorld MCQ where if you're scoring over 60% you're in decent shape?

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