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When to take Step 3 and recommended books

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by anna, May 16, 2001.

  1. anna

    anna Member 7+ Year Member

    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Hi, Gang. I am going into PGY1 in June. I wanted to ask people when the best time to take Step 3 was and what books they recommend. Also, how does it differ from Step 2? If you do step 3 early in internship, can you get your DEA no. earlier?

    thanks in advance.

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  3. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    personally I feel that several months into your intern year anybody should be able to pass step 3 without studying. The test is very medicine/Family practice oriented with almost no Surgery, OB, or superspecialty scenarios. If you paid attention during your med school you should be able to do fine (there is an exceedingly low fail rate by desighn for step 3)
  4. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Most people I've heard recommend Swanson's FP Review. I think it might be an NMS book. I got it for Step 2 but actually thought it too detailed for that and ended up returning it. Perhaps I'll pick it up for Step 3.
  5. tussy

    tussy Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 1999
    What is the format for step 3? Is it a written exam or clincial exam?
  6. CHM

    CHM Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2001
    Is first aid for USMLE step 3 as helpful as for step 1 and 2?

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