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Old 07-22-2016
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Took my Step 3 the past two days and after the CCS cases, I pretty much am convinced the exam did not go well. I've been reading that its a natural feeling right after the exam but being a bad test taker (barely passed step 1, second attempt on CK), I have reason to worry

the mcqs were hard in that I was rushing for time especially on the first day. I thought the questions would get better the second day, but I couldn't have been more wrong. To top it off, I feel like I completely messed up CCS.

My first case was Kawasaki. For the life of me, I couldn't think of the treatment (aspirin) on the exam, so I mistreated with antibiotics (before I knew it was Kawasaki). I didn't help the patient at all.

Another case was right sided heart failure with severe mitral stenosis (chf). I kept him on lasix but the patient didn't improve at any point.

I had a leg laceration, its a blur to me now, but I don't remember the patient feeling better despite analgesia or abx.

Subdural hematona, MDD I was able to catch early.

Thyroiditis - it was a trauma pt who had fever and tremors. Found the thyroid nodule on PE and found it to be hyperthyroid, so I automatically treated with methimazole. Didn't help, so I gave ibuprofen and case ended. I forgot to d/c methimazole as an end order though.

Osteoarthritis - was treating with acetaminophen but pt still had pain so I don't now why I switched to ibuprofen! Then I reverted back to acetaminophen and pt got better after a while.

DM type 2 - patient was peeing often so found he had high glucose on finger stick. Stupidly didn't treat him, just counseled him on diabetes lifestyle changes and followed up the next week. Case ended. I put metformin as a end order after hba1c was confirmed.

Bacterial vaginosis - did the same thing of not treating and discharging from office until tests came back positive and before that case ended. Put metro in end order.

I cant remember the others but based on these silly errors, any feedback? Anyone who took Step 3 with similar experiences?
Woke up to an anxiety attack right now and am contemplating studying for it again in the time I wait for my results.
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Also I'm terms of prep:

First time uworld ~ low 50s
Second time ~ 65-75
Uwsa done three weeks back 202
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Exam in 2 weeks, NBME or UWSA is better?
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Thanks much for sharing your experience, indeed, very useful to take points. All of us feel pretty much shitty after these exams and that is normal feeling, don't worry about it too much now. I myself one CS failure too, but no matter what we must keep moving forward. I'm sorry for your post-exam feelings, I hope, you will be just fine. How was the Day 1 - Biostat and Epidemiology part, Abstract and Drug Ad questions? It doesn't matter how much I'm trying to understand them - I still don't feel confident solving them in 75 seconds.

1) How was your time management?
2) How were consecutively constructed questions, on current UW in some
questions it will not lock the answers so that you can go back and change it, did you see the same phenomenon in real exam?
3) Have you tried Kaplan and Archer questions?
Thanks much,
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Exam in 2 weeks, NBME or UWSA is better?
Not sure, I didn't do the NBME because I read that it wasn't reflective of the real exam and score. UWSA has been somewhat accurate for a handful of people it seems.
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Thanks much for sharing your experience, indeed, very useful to take points. All of us feel pretty much shitty after these exams and that is normal feeling, don't worry about it too much now. I myself one CS failure too, but no matter what we must keep moving forward. I'm sorry for your post-exam feelings, I hope, you will be just fine. How was the Day 1 - Biostat and Epidemiology part, Abstract and Drug Ad questions? It doesn't matter how much I'm trying to understand them - I still don't feel confident solving them in 75 seconds.

1) How was your time management?
2) How were consecutively constructed questions, on current UW in some
questions it will not lock the answers so that you can go back and change it, did you see the same phenomenon in real exam?
3) Have you tried Kaplan and Archer questions?
Thanks much,
Thank you for the assurance.

Day 1 - There was a lot of biostats, and they would come as multiple questions which is why time was of value for day 1 particularly. Most of the questions I had revolved around sensitivity and specificity. I was recommended by someone to purchase the biostats package from uworld. I thought it helped, but there were also some odd cases which were hard to decipher in the limited amount of time. Just keep practicing and read the answers thoroughly so you can answer those type of questions reworded differently.

1. Time management is key but also difficult. I think practicing with timed unused questions is essential for this. There was enough time to answer all the questions but I was rushing for time for the last few on some blocks. If I remember correctly, they omitted biostats questions in the first and last block so they went by quicker and I had time left on those two blocks only.

2. The first question is locked. Most frightening to move on because you know you will find out whether it was right or wrong in the next question.

3. I didn't use Archer or Kaplan as resources. I read one of the Archer powerpoints available online about how to tackle CCS cases a few days prior to the exam and felt it helped. I do regret not using Archer though. I think I would have been more confident right now about my exam and the CCS component otherwise.

Good luck!
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Thank you for the assurance.

Day 1 - There was a lot of biostats, and they would come as multiple questions which is why time was of value for day 1 particularly. Most of the questions I had revolved around sensitivity and specificity. I was recommended by someone to purchase the biostats package from uworld. I thought it helped, but there were also some odd cases which were hard to decipher in the limited amount of time. Just keep practicing and read the answers thoroughly so you can answer those type of questions reworded differently.

1. Time management is key but also difficult. I think practicing with timed unused questions is essential for this. There was enough time to answer all the questions but I was rushing for time for the last few on some blocks. If I remember correctly, they omitted bio stats questions in the first and last block so they went by quicker and I had time left on those two blocks only.



Good luck!
Thanks much for posting - I liked the fact of "warm up" and "cool off" - phases if biostat question were presented only on the 1st and 6th Blocks. And as I understood there are no Biostat/Epidemiology questions on Day 2? Is that right?

What are about abstract and drug add questions and how lengthy are questions in general, for example in the UW, not all questions are super lengthy and time 40 questions - 1 hours - CK was the nightmare 44 Q- 1 hr.
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hi.. i am curious to know about ur result as i had the same experience.. really freaking out as i am going to apply for match...thanx in advance...
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