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Hey guys, I'm a MS4 applying to radiology this cycle. Is there any benefit to taking Step 3 as a MS4? Do you have to be graduated before you take it? After March I'm completely off until I start in July--I'm debating just studying 2-3 weeks full-time for it and taking it before I start my intern year so I can enjoy my time off (when I have it) and/or start studying for radiology.

I've been told to "just enjoy your time off!" but I'm a mom (it's not like I can go travel the world or anything) and we have to wait for my kids to finish school before we can move. Basically, I'll be bored lol. Any reasons not to do this? Do I need "permission" to take this, similar to Step 1 and Step 2, or can I just register?

Thanks!
 

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Hey guys, I'm a MS4 applying to radiology this cycle. Is there any benefit to taking Step 3 as a MS4? Do you have to be graduated before you take it? After March I'm completely off until I start in July--I'm debating just studying 2-3 weeks full-time for it and taking it before I start my intern year so I can enjoy my time off (when I have it) and/or start studying for radiology.

I've been told to "just enjoy your time off!" but I'm a mom (it's not like I can go travel the world or anything) and we have to wait for my kids to finish school before we can move. Basically, I'll be bored lol. Any reasons not to do this? Do I need "permission" to take this, similar to Step 1 and Step 2, or can I just register?

Thanks!
You have to graduate first. Here's the eligibility link.
 

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As stated above, you need to graduate first. You don't need any permission from anybody. If you have the opportunity to get it out of the way, I will advise to do so. I myself have kids and I regret that I didn't take it before starting residency. Residency is brutal. No time to even scratch my behind. Best of luck
 
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As stated above, you need to graduate first. You don't need any permission from anybody. If you have the opportunity to get it out of the way, I will advise to do so. I myself have kids and I regret that I didn't take it before starting residency. Residency is brutal. No time to even scratch my behind. Best of luck
Thank you! Yeah I’m definitely trying to avoid doing Uworld in my free time... it sounds so miserable. Hang in there!
 

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I'm planning on doing this as well. Graduating early May, studying in June, taking it sometime in July when I'll (hopefully) be on an elective block during my TY. The only thing I'm hazy on is that some programs will reimburse for "educational materials" AKA UWorld, and I'm not sure about buying it before starting residency
 
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I'm planning on doing this as well. Graduating early May, studying in June, taking it sometime in July when I'll (hopefully) be on an elective block during my TY. The only thing I'm hazy on is that some programs will reimburse for "educational materials" AKA UWorld, and I'm not sure about buying it before starting residency
I actually asked this question at one of my ty/prelim interviews! They said they would reimburse me if I went there--I'm sure it's program dependent though. After I finish my rank list I'll probably e-mail my top prelims/tys and ask again (although it probably won't change how I rank them). You could also just wait until match day and ask then!

Most of my prelims would either pay for Step 3, pay for UWorld, or not pay at all. I didn't interview at any that would cover both Step 3 and UWorld unfortunately :(. A lot of programs seem to just deposit "educational funds" into that first paycheck--I wish I took better notes on the interview trail lol.
 

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I actually asked this question at one of my ty/prelim interviews! They said they would reimburse me if I went there--I'm sure it's program dependent though. After I finish my rank list I'll probably e-mail my top prelims/tys and ask again (although it probably won't change how I rank them). You could also just wait until match day and ask then!

Most of my prelims would either pay for Step 3, pay for UWorld, or not pay at all. I didn't interview at any that would cover both Step 3 and UWorld unfortunately :(. A lot of programs seem to just deposit "educational funds" into that first paycheck--I wish I took better notes on the interview trail lol.
Smart thinking.

Only other thing I want to make sure is that step3 scores don't matter for (ophtho) fellowships
 
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