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 Took Step 3 Aug 26/27 - Scared  




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Hello everyone,

I need any words of advice or encouraging stories/testimonies I can get. I completed my prelim year in Surgery residency, and currently applying for another specialty. I took step 3 this past Monday and Tuesday, and I haven't been able to think of or do anything else ever since. I felt so terrible after taking the exam.

On the fist day. I ran out of time on the a few blocks, and didn't even get to the last 3 questions or so. There was one block I was able to go through, with about 1 minute left. The rest I finished with only a few seconds left. There were some easy questions I should have got, but missed, and there were some I just did not know. For most blocks, I marked several questions, but did not have the time to review them. I felt like not showing up for the second day, because I figured an incomplete was better then a fail on the exam. I ended up showing up anyway.

Second day - ran out of time with last 3 questions on the last (4th) block. Had some more easy questions I realized I missed after I got home. CCS - Most were seemingly straightforward, but I had about 4 cases that I probably could have managed better. One of them was clearly something straightforward as the confirmatory test was positive, but the child refused to get better no matter what I did, and I believed I gave the treatments indicated for said condition. For the second of these, I literally ran out of time before I could follow-up on the patient to see if they improved, and to do some further testing if they hadn't. For the 3rd out of these 4, I got the right diagnosis, but I wasn't sure if they needed just palliative care or symptomatic palliative intervention first. I ended up choosing the latter, and made some consults, but wasn't sure how the patient did as I ran of time. Morphine did not help their pain, by the way. The fourth one of these was so vague that there was literally no diagnosis I could come up with. Everything on the differential that jumps right out at you from the history was tested and was negative.

I am literally thinking about this exam day and night. I can't seem to focus on anything else, and I really need to work on my application. I dream about this exam, and I perseverate over the questions I missed, and so far, I've counted at least 20 that I can recall - and these are just the ones I can recall. I honestly don't know how I can make it to the day I get my score, but any one who had a similar horror story but passed, could you please help me out by sharing your story? I feel like I'm losing my mind.


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Hi did you take any practice exams prior to the real test? If you did what were your scores? UWSA is pretty good at score prediction with +/-15





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