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I just got back my step 3 score, the following is my thoughts on the test right after the exam was completed:

Just finished step 3. I hope it's for good. Did about 70% of usmle world with 68% cumulative average. Finished all the ccs 52 cases. Worked on it for about a week. I have to say it was one heck of a test. The first day was tough. I NEVER had problems with time before, not even on my internal medicine intraining exams, which i generally score high on with no study. This test had me scrambling for time. I almost always finished exactly a minute or two from the finish line. many vague questions and vague choices. Usmle world felt easier, especially the first day. The only glimmer of hope I hade was the satisfaction that all my sequential questions showed that I have answered the previous question correctly....

The second day mcqs were relatively easier, time was better, as the questions had smaller stems and more straight forward.

Then comes the ccs. I think i did ok on 10 cases , i forgot to get a pulse oxygen reading on a patient in the office with chronic shortness of breath doh!, and i had one pediatric case that i think i completely mismanaged. Cases did end more abruptly and less predictably than on usmle world.

I just wanna pass this freakin thing.

Scores back a week early!!! Step 3: 235. Happy to be done with USMLE forever!




  #2

Congratulations!!! nice score smiling face
Just a question, what materials did you use to study beside the UW?
Thanks!


  #3

Grazie wrote:
Congratulations!!! nice score smiling face
Just a question, what materials did you use to study beside the UW?
Thanks!


Wish i had something useful to say, but i did not use any study material at all. Just went through usmle world over a week with tutor mode, mostly in the two days before the exam.

In no way shape or form does it mean that you should do that. I just felt confident with the knowledge i gathered over the years and during residency. This IS a TOUGH EXAM. The score was of little impact to me beyond passing, as i already have almost finished residency and matched in a good cardiology fellowship.


  #4

Congrats "Doomestic"
Can u please tell what is the new format?
are there more stat questions? how many per block?
or anything more that was added?
thank you


  #5

There are new drug ad questions, usually three parts and are related to statistics there are 46 questions per block the first day each block is 60 minutes, with 8 blocks. The second day there are 36 questions per block each for 45 minutes, 4 blocks that day. 12 ccs cases, mostly 20 mins max each, but some are 10





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