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ricardo769

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Is there enough topic overlap to take Step II CK and Step III at the same time (or within a week or two of each other)?

Is this even possible under the NBME guidelines?

Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 

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You would have to wait to see if you passed Step 2 CK before you could even schedule Step 3. So there would be at least a few months between the two, if you consider 4-6 weeks to receive your score, then the waiting period to receive your scheduling permit.

From the NBME website:
"You must pass Step 1 and Step 2 before you are eligible to take Step 3. In LCME-accredited medical schools, although Step 1 and Step 2 can be taken in any order, most students will take Step 1 at the end of their second year and Step 2 in their fourth year; Step 3 is usually taken during the first or second year of postgraduate training."
 
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I could be wrong, but unless you are a foreign grad needing certification of all 3 steps prior to match eligibility, you usually take step 3 during 1st yr or 2 of residency. You'll need the residency's verification of being in their training program to register for the exam.
 

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debvz said:
I could be wrong, but unless you are a foreign grad needing certification of all 3 steps prior to match eligibility, you usually take step 3 during 1st yr or 2 of residency. You'll need the residency's verification of being in their training program to register for the exam.
I think there is a thread on this in the Pathology forum that addresses taking step 3 super duper early. See if this helps.

http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=165023
 
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