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COMLEX Step 3 Prep

Discussion in 'Step III' started by jon62781, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. jon62781

    jon62781 Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2002
    As a fourth year student preparing for internship, I begin to look at that final COMLEX hurdle to licensure.

    What texts/resources did those of you who have taken the test feel was the best preparation?

    Any suggestion on when to take it? I've thought about taking it early (August/Sept) to get it out of the way.

    Thanks for everyone's help!
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  3. Heeed!

    Heeed! On target, On time! 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    Savarese is a given, I'm sure. I am interested to know what to study as well. Hey, all you licensed us out!
  4. andwhat

    andwhat Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2003
    United States
    you know other than the ccs portion, Premier Review covers alot on the test, and its good for mcq section you guys dont have a clinical section is that accurate? that is the craziest part, you will sit there and do labs for like ten or so minutes, and stabilizing the patient, finally to take one of two roads, follow down the MI road or DKA. Overally its definitely a doable test. Comlex I am not sure, but my friends told me the pretty much same questions, such as Meralgia Paresthetica and later femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment, etc....
  5. DrMom

    DrMom Official Mom of SDN Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    I reused my boards and wards from step 2, savarese, and bought the NMS step 3 review question book. That was all plenty.

    If I were you, I'd definitely take it early. It had a lot of overlap with step 2.
  6. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation Physician Faculty 15+ Year Member

    Agreed. Re-used my step 2 stuff (Boards and Wards) and Saverese. Also added in USMLEWorld in Tutor mode gettting through and understanding as many questions as I could.

    Definitely take it early as not only does it have overlap with Step 2, it's also closer to med school, so it may be more fresh.

  7. OUsooner

    OUsooner Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 25, 2002
    norman, OK
    Know the levels of all the viscerosomatic reflexes. They are all over the test. I only used the cram pages from Studied omm for about an hour and feel it was more than enough. I dont think Savarese is a must.
  8. LovelyRita

    LovelyRita Blade Slinger 10+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    where it's bleeding
    1. Boards and Wards from Step 2
    2. QBank
    3. cram pages and a little of Savarese
    4. 10 vanilla latte's and lots of procrastinating over about 5 days
    5. had my hands on some blueprints texts with good intentions but never used.


    Honestly, as usual, the "part 3" questions are NOTHING like USMLE style questions, they are much shorter and many times you narrow it down to 2 answers, one being what you do at your hospital and the other being what might be the "right" answer.

    woo hoo!
  9. flux=rad

    flux=rad Automatic 5+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    Location. Location.
    Just passed this lovely test as well. Savarese, Boards and Wards, Crush Step 3. For whatever reason I'm not a big fan of questions so I didn't do any. Studied randomly and ineffectively during night float, then 4-5 hours a day for one week before the test. As mentioned above, probably could have taken this the day after Step 2 and passed.
  10. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation Physician Faculty 15+ Year Member



  11. community

    community Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2001
    New York/New Jersey
    For those of you that studued in 5 days, how many practice questions were you able to do in that time period? It doesn't sound like you would be able to do that many in such a short period.
  12. Heeed!

    Heeed! On target, On time! 10+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2003
    San Antonio, TX
    What is the format of this test? Do we have the CCS sections? Is it just like step 2?
  13. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation Physician Faculty 15+ Year Member

    The exam format is like COMLEXII. No CCS. There are OMM related questions. There are poor images (like COMLEXII).

  14. VentdependenT

    VentdependenT You didnt build thaT Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Oct 3, 2003
    studied about 30min a day for 3.5 weeks while I pooped on the toilet and then crammed for 4-5 days before the exam. Got in the 90's percentile wise. I ran outta that test center as soon as I was done. Its an awful test.

    1)strong medicine, BEST SINGLE RESOURCE IMHO
    2)crush step II, reread the pertinent sections. Memorized the gold standard tests, diagnostics, etc. Crush III is the same book but slimmed down.
    3) flew through my boards and wards. I didn't stop and smell the roses.
    4) bought and crammed High Yeild OBGYN in 2 days or so. awsome book.
    5) Had an NMS step III book. Did about 25% of it. The questions were great however. Not nearly as devastating to the ego as prior NMS question books.
    6)Memorized Saverice autonomics and triggerpoints again then flew through the rest of the book in 2-3 hours. Skipped the cranial and the sacral stuff entirely.

    I also:
    -looked at some derm pictures on the internet of rashes. 10 minutes
    -read some crap about COBRA. I don't even remember what that stands for. 10 minutes.
    -crammed in pediatric fevers, gut stuff, breast feeding, primary care peds garbage.
    - flipped open the Dubins to relearn some BASIC ekg stuff.
    Forget swanson's. waste of time IMHO.

    I did NOT want to take this thing again.
  15. BamaAlum

    BamaAlum 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2001
    I have seen several people mention that their experience as an intern is what make the difference on the test. I am a freakin' pathology resident, so that is not applicable. I did very well on Steps 1 and 2, but that seems like a lifetime ago. Should I plan on doing some hardcore studying since I haven't seen my stethoscope in more than a year? How should I approach this thing. I don't want to take it twice!
  16. Plinko

    Plinko Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2003
    I just took it on Monday and thought that it was ridiculous. I literally have no idea what my score will be. I only felt like I knew the answer to roughly 40% of the questions. On 30% of the questions I maybe had some idea of what they wanted. The other 30% I was totally lost. I did okay on Step 1 and 2. Im finishing a transitional internship that is imho rather difficult. I've done all the primary care specialties and none of them were by any stretch an easy month. I average about 70 hours a week and on most rotations have quite a bit of autonomy. With all that said I still after taking the test have no idea how I could have studied for it. There were so many bs questions with atypical presentations. There were questions that you could in no way ever predict they would ask--e.g. diagnosing malignant otitis externa and then choosing the next course of action, the antibiotic, and the bug that is causing it, blah blah blah. Its absurd. How many interns have seen a case of MOE. Probably less than 1%. But you were never asked anything about CHF, AFib, Pneumonia, Respiratory Failure, Gastroenteritis, UTI, etc. There are so many question along the lines of the MOE one that it is impossible to study for. I would suggest what others have alreadydone on this forum: hit OBGYN and Peds hard. That is the only thing you can do to give yourself a leg up on the next guy. I didn't study at all. Because of the demands of my internship I simply didn't have time. But if I had I would have focused on Peds and obgyn. It would have made a big difference and I probably wouldn't be worried about passing right now. Being in Path you have a definite disadvantage. Medicine is such an expansive field I don't see how you could catch up with someone doing it 70 hours a week for the last year. Best to do questions related to medicine, study the peds and obgyn and hope your experiences in medical school kick in. The absolute joke that this test is is definitely more in favor of the less prepared than those who know their stuff.
  17. Gatsbygal

    Gatsbygal New Member

    Sep 21, 2005
    I too am a path resident and found Step III decent, despite my lack of clinical experience in almost 2 years. I did Qbank and Savarese. In reality, the path actually helped me in a lot of questions. I had a few peripheral smears and some of the the lab tests they tested on, we see on CP, therefore, I don't necessarily think the path thing is too big a deal. I did not do as well on Step III as I did on I and II, but all I wanted was a "P".
  18. BamaAlum

    BamaAlum 10+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2001
    Thanks. That really makes me feel a lot better!
  19. Idiopathic

    Idiopathic Newly Minted Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2003

    Of note, I had no images on my test. This surprised me.
  20. wook

    wook Just a hairy situation Physician Faculty 15+ Year Member

    Dang! You don't know what fun you missed :rolleyes: .


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