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Hi Folks:
Today I got my result- passed with a score of 89%. Since I had visited this forum and 'Vetan's site' some 3 to 4 times during my preparation, I thought it would be helpful if I chipped in with my 2 cents!

When I started to study, I had already completed my Surgical SubSpecialty residency- so I was hopelessly out of touch from IM, Peds, Psyc and all that good stuff! When I sat down I found myself completely overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the task. It was >6 Yrs. since I passed my Step 2. Then, the following is what I did (and ThankGod it worked)...

DURATION:
Total 12 weeks full-time (Min. 10 Hrs/Day)

MATERIALS:
[1] Registered for Kaplan Med-Pass- Heavy focus on Kaplan videos. Viewed 3 times making notes in the sidebars of the companion lecture notes.
[2] Did Kaplan Qbook and Qbank twice.
[3] Crush Step3, Swanson - flipped thru- only focusing on important looking points.
[4] Used Kaplan CD and Video, USMLE CD for CCS.

STRATEGY:
First 10 Wks, studied with expanding focus absorbing all new materials and facts. Last 2 Wks- Strictly No new material- just revisit, roll up and organize everything in your immediate memory. Last day-Relax, Meditate and prepare your mind to take up the task. Have faith in yourself- very fact that you are eligible to take such a test is the proof that you are a smart person. GoodLuck to all of you!




  #2

hi: what is kaplan med-path and kaplan video you mentioned? is it for step II or III. please try to elaborate for me.


  #3

"Anonymous" wrote:
hi: what is kaplan med-path and kaplan video you mentioned? is it for step II or III. please try to elaborate for me.


:!: MedPass gives you 30 Kaplan center visits. I went thru Step 3 videos. Some topics for which I found that Step-3 tapes were not clear, I referred to Step-2 tapes.


  #4

could u please write the "Vetan's site" for me I will really appreciate that


  #5

"plzdoc" wrote:
could u please write the "Vetan's site" for me I will really appreciate that


>>> It used to be here:
:?: BUT lately I haven't been able to find it :?:

http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/226955
Collection of CCS cases at:
http://www.network54.com/Hide/Forum/229722
GoodLuck!


  #6

CONGRATS :!: for passing Step 3 and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

Regards!


  #7

please, tell me should i postpone the exam if i am getting 55% on all tests?


  #8

smiling face hi! congrats for clearing STEP 3.
i want to know the expenses that occured while clearing all the three steps of USMLE- books, exam fees, everything included.
i also want to know how much money(apprx.) you have to spend there for studying in STATES after clearing USMLE.
please reply soon. waiting for your reply.


  #9

Do you remember your total score the first time you took the Q-Bank?. My average is 70, I wonder if that is enough. Thank you!


  #10

I remember the same story with a different name in the same forum say a year ago. Are you the same man? Previously some one has actually suspected that you are the kaplan agent.This I tell you so that you can remember ......the previous posting.Let me know if you are the same man.....


  #11

i dont mean the content etc....
i mean what is it for? Does the ECFMG require it? Or does ur particular hospital require?
ANd at what time during the sequence of STEPS do u have to take it?
i e
Step 1/2CK/2CS/ apply to the match etc.......
where does step 3 fit in?
none of the websites are supplying me with and adequate answer.
maybe u can.
thank u


  #12

you need to clear step 3 before joining residency if you want an h1 visa....this is the requirement of INS for a work visa

if you want to settle with j1 or you are lucky enough that you dont need a visa you can take step 3 after joining residency ( anywhere during the residency )

eligibility for step 3 : ecfmg certified ( which means passed step1, step2ck, step2cs, and your documents verified from your med school by ecfmg )....

hope this helps





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