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I took my Step 3 at the beginning of my PGY-2 year. I was initially scheduled at the end of my intern year but it was cancelled because of a power outage. It was August 2013 and in NY. After my Step 2 I knew it was basically an endurance marathon. I was more nervous about the CCS as I am not very computer savvy, but after doing the online practice version I was more certain how to manage the clock.

I am a psychiatry resident and we have to do 4 months in Internal Medicine on the floors. While I hated every minute of it while on the floors (it was scut, scut, scut) it did end up helping me immensely with my MCQs. If you are a psych resident I recommend taking the Step 3 shortly after your IM and Neuro rotations.

I spent 6 weeks studying for my Step 3. I used USMLEWorld and ran the questions twice. I took a week's vacation near my test date to go over my incorrect answers and also to practice time management on my CCS. I tend to go through my Steps very quickly as I am on the philosophy that you know the answer or you don't. I finished an hour early the first day and second day I was done by noon. Then I went home and watched useless television and ate junk food. My results were about 80% and I don't recall the 3 digit score. At that point in my career I just needed to pass and didn't care about competitive scores. So in the end, mission accomplished.







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