SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Does anybody take step 3 before residency? The USMLE website states you only have to be a graduate of a medical school and have passed steps 1 and 2. I am going into OB/GYN and don't really think that a year of that will help me on step 3. I have a couple of months off before internship and would like to get it over if I could. Has anybody heard of people doing this?