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Pathology and Step 3

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Big Daddy, Feb 3, 2002.

  1. Big Daddy

    Big Daddy Junior Member

    Dec 29, 2001
    Durham, NC
    I have a question for all the pathology-type people here regarding pathology residency and Step 3. Do you guys think it is harder to take Step 3 as a first year resident in path than as a person having done a standard internship or transition year? I am curious whether the prep for Step 3 is any different for a path intern?

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  3. GreatPumpkin

    GreatPumpkin Mystical Treatbringer 10+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2001
    Most people do not have much trouble with step 3 regardless of the specialty. I am sure I will spend more time studying the drugs than a more traditional intern. But, I probably read about diseases in general more than other interns. So it likely evens out.
  4. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    You should be able to take step III hung-over & pass no matter what your specialty
  5. pathres

    pathres Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2001
    I would imagine that people in family practice or similar specialties would be able to take Step 3 with little or no preparation. The test generally covers the same topics as Step 2 but focuses more on management. There are plenty of path residents who take step 3 even later than their intern years and they do fine. I just wanted to be done with it so I took it before starting my first year. (There are a few states like Texas which allow you to take it before finishing a year of residency).

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