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Old 02-12-2013
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Question The purpose of Step 3?

i was wondering if someone could help me out with this. After researching information on step 3, i found out that the only way to obtain a licence to practice medicine here in the US is by completing residency. So, my questions is what exactly is the point of Step 3? Now, i know that the site says it is the final exam to determine if you can manage patients unsupervised, but i dont think that really matters since you still have to go through residency training (which is supervised) to get your licence. So again, what does Step 3 do for you exactly? What do you gain from it?

I guess i should mention that i am an IMG that does not require sponsorship. So if i did decide to take my Step 3, do i have to worry about any specific cut off scores or is passing sufficient?

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Step 3 is not a requirement for applying or securing residency.

Passing Step 3 is required after first or second year of residency depending the specialty and residency program.

Many medical students and graduates take Step 3 in an effort to become more competitive residency applicants. or to make up for multiple attempts with Step 1 and 2 exams.

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Step 3 exam is to make sure that your clinical judgement is adequate for unsupervised clinical practice, yes you take it while you are still resident (supervised) but it's meant to prepare you for after residency when you will be on your own.

A passing score is sufficient in Step 3 exam but if you want to do it before matching and want to impress the people then yes a high score will be lovely.

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