My Step 3 experience!

Valek_PM

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    This is a recap of my whole Step 3 experience... I will update this post after receiving my score.

    Background:
    Step 1: >255
    Step 2CK: >255
    Step 2CS: PASS

    USMD (Combined MD/PhD)
    US Residency at a top 10 program

    Time for prep: 5 days
    Materials used: UW step 3, FA step 1 (Biostats)
    UW step 3 %: 73% timed-tutor mode.
    UWSA: 231 (day before the test)

    My exam dates were on the second week of August.

    1st day: Every block had somewhere between 10-15 biostatistics/ethics questions. Most biostats were pharma drugs, abstracts, types of studies/bias, and NNT/NNH. Question stems are ridiculously long! I was always trying to stay on time. Perhaps, 50% of the questions were convoluted. The other 50% were very similar to the UW questions. Almost ran out of time on a couple of blocks.

    I completed the UW CCS practice cases over my 2 day break between day 1 & day 2.

    2nd day: Same of the questions were easier. Lots of questions were regarding prognosis, management, and risk factors. Most of the CCS cases were similar to the ones on UW. There were a couple of cases that were kind of messed up. As others have commented, the real CCS cases are kind of slow and they buffer for a while when you enter the orders and confirm them. Anyways, I will be waiting for my scores anxiously and will update my post. Good luck to everyone else who is going through this process!
     
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      This is a recap of my whole Step 3 experience... I will update this post after receiving my score.

      Background:
      Step 1: >255
      Step 2CK: >255
      Step 2CS: PASS

      USMD (Combined MD/PhD)
      US Residency at a top 10 program

      Time for prep: 5 days
      Materials used: UW step 3, FA step 1 (Biostats)
      UW step 3 %: 73% timed-tutor mode.
      UWSA: 231 (day before the test)

      My exam dates were on the second week of August.

      1st day: Every block had somewhere between 10-15 biostatistics/ethics questions. Most biostats were pharma drugs, abstracts, types of studies/bias, and NNT/NNH. Question stems are ridiculously long! I was always trying to stay on time. Perhaps, 50% of the questions were convoluted. The other 50% were very similar to the UW questions. Almost ran out of time on a couple of blocks.

      I completed the UW CCS practice cases over my 2 day break between day 1 & day 2.

      2nd day: Same of the questions were easier. Lots of questions were regarding prognosis, management, and risk factors. Most of the CCS cases were similar to the ones on UW. There were a couple of cases that were kind of messed up. As others have commented, the real CCS cases are kind of slow and they buffer for a while when you enter the orders and confirm them. Anyways, I will be waiting for my scores anxiously and will update my post. Good luck to everyone else who is going through this process!
      Thank you for sharing.

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