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Old 12-27-2015
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I undertook my Step 3 before Christmas, with my exam days 5 days apart.

Day 1: Day 1 has lengthy questions ranging from simple to complicated cases. All blocks had long questions (like 10-15 lines) studded with irrelevant info/lab values, not needed to arrive at a diagnosis or choose an appropriate treatment.

I had a plethora of questions from biostats & epidemio. One should know the 2x2 table and formulas on their fingertips. Drug ads & abstracts killed time. I struggled with managing time, in fact in 3 blocks, I blindly ticked 1-2 question(s). The questions are long, practice to enhance your capability to quickly read and comprehend given info & data.

There were few questions from basic sciences, like MOAs of ABx, adverse effects etc. If you have time, skimming through FA isnít a bad idea, esp Step 1 Pharmacology

Day 2: Day 2 is longer, but better than Day 1. The questions are much shorter, making time manageable. I attribute this relieve to the absence of biostats/epidemio/drug ads/abstracts. Most questions are aimed at treatments, sequentially steps in management, screening of diseases, polypharmacy & management of patients with multiple co-morb esp. in the office setting. I noticed an emphasis on preventive medicine.

CCS: The cases were straightforward. Most of my cases ended in 8-10 mins (even the ones that were allocated 20 mins). As soon as I started management, the patient would get better & the case ended. In the UWorld CCS software, you can order routine & stat labs, however, in the real exam, you only have the option of stat labs, even in office.

In a nut shell, Step 3 can be challenging but with the right preparation, the exam can be aced. All the best to all preparing for this last step in the USMLE journey.
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I gave my first day exam yesterday. It was sooo horrible. I feel like i messed up big time. I really hope day 2 is easier
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I gave my first day exam yesterday. It was sooo horrible. I feel like i messed up big time. I really hope day 2 is easier
I think lots of people feel this way, not so much the knowledge, but also time management. Do you care to elaborate more about Day 1?
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