Step 3 preparation

Discussion in 'Step III' started by DrAwsome, Mar 1, 2012.

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  1. DrAwsome

    DrAwsome Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    I am in the process of getting ready for Step 3. I am planning on reading First Aid for Step 3 and using UWorld. Is this enough to pass and get a decent score? Or would Kaplan materials be more appropriate? Also how long does it take to prepare for step 3-a month, more, less?

    All suggestions welcome. Thanks!!
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  3. OveractiveBrain

    OveractiveBrain Banned 2+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2009
    Dirty Dirt
    You will find that First Aid Step 3 is painful, though there are no good substitutes. UWorld is awesome. I cannot stress enough to do the CCS cases. Haresh will tell you otherwise. You are doing more than sufficient work, especially if you are doing a clinical internship (i.e. Not pathology).

    I studied for about two weeks with Uworld only (having two free weekends really helped). I took it in my first month of internship. To give you an idea of what / where I was coming from:

    248 Step 1 - Kaplan Course, 197 hours or whatever
    252 Step 2 - Kaplan Course, 196 hours or whatever
    233 Step 3 - Uworld Only

    I share that to say that (A) I suppose I had a good foundation, but (and more importantly), (B) I was able to pass Step 3 and get an average score with doing minimal studying where I had previously spent far too long on a prepared course to barely scrape by an SD.

    Bottom line, Step 3, not hard.
  4. DrAwsome

    DrAwsome Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    Yes, I've seen the discussions between you and Haresh. :) Well I need something to read in addition to doing questions, that's why I'm thinking of doing First Aid for Step 3. Is there really any other comprehensive book out there?

    I read Kaplan for step 1 and step 2, and I found that for Step 2, the material was not well covered and excessive, so hoping not to have to do that again.

    So it seems like a good plan then for me to do First Aid + Uworld, unless you have any other suggestions as far as prep books.
  5. myhandsarecold

    myhandsarecold 2+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2009
    we have the same scores, almost, diff 1 pt on step 1. i also want to get step 3 done with early during internship (in a couple of months) but not going to risk it so i'm doing kaplan qbank, usmleworld, MTB, and mksap 15 questions.
  6. Soccer171983

    Soccer171983 living the dream 5+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Las Vegas
    Would MTB, crush 3, u world be sufficient to do well.
  7. DrAwsome

    DrAwsome Banned 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2009
    What is MTB? Master the Boards? It seems that a lot of people don't like First Aid!
  8. Soccer171983

    Soccer171983 living the dream 5+ Year Member

    Aug 4, 2011
    Las Vegas
    MTB= master the boards.
  9. haresh


    Oct 8, 2011
    :laugh: Overactive brain will not have any other suggestions. He will tell you if you do UWorld, you can pass with out even writing the exam. Or you can have head trauma and sit and stare at UW and receive passing score ... such XXXXX advertisers and their profile shows they are working here for 5 years and more . Even if these people started residency after their USMLE they would be finished by now and should be practicing medicine as physicians earning $200k/ year. So these are not physicians, these are paid workers for UWORLD . :mad:
  10. psychobob

    psychobob 5+ Year Member

    May 13, 2007
    Anyone use kaplan white coat pocket guide? I have MTB as well, but white coat seems better and has algorithms.
  11. gomerlover


    Nov 9, 2010
    I know there have been some suggestions posted above, but I want to try to find someone who found my study methods for Step 1 and Step 2 successful and hear suggestions for Step 3...

    Step 1: First Aid and UWorld; DIT
    Step 2: Step Up to Step 2 and UWorld; DIT

    Anyone who has been similarly successful with the books I used above for the respective exams have any suggestions for Step 3 study aids?


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