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Old 11-23-2016
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HOW I PREPARED FOR THE STEP 3 EXAMINATION:

Total studying time: 1 year = 10 month lax with 2 month intense studying

Resources used:
1) Step up to medicine (read once through and then revised my notes from then on)
2) Mtb (read multiple times)
3) Secrets: only the biostats section
4) First aide step 1: only the biostats section
5) Uworld qbank: went through it once.
6) UW CCS cases (51): went through it once
7) Crash CCS: went through the first 120 cases as part of a study group.
8) Archer CCS: watched 2 videos- strategy video (3 hours) and the next video in line (10hrs). GREAT RESOURCE!!!!

Practice tests:
1) Uworld qbank: 59%
2) NBME (done before uwsa): 320
3) UWSA: 185

USMLE STEP 3 score: 206

Study schedule:
In the first 7 months, I eased my way into studying. The first book I tackled was Step Up to Medicine. I started by reading 5 pages a day so to build consistency. Then I moved to 10 pages, and finally 20 pages a day. I finally finished step up to medicine around May.

The next book I tackled was MTB. I read a chapter a day. If the chapters where less than 20 pages I would read about 2 chapters. I was done by the end of June.

In July, I added working with study groups to my routine. I had 3 study groups in total: CCS, statistics, uw qbank.

From July to my test date Sep 16, I studied from 4 am- 11pm. There were breaks in between of course but it was still intense. I did not want to look back on this exam thinking I could have done more. Pass or fail I would know I gave it my all.

In summary, I started slow and built up momentum. At the very beginning I mapped out the resources that I would use and how much time it would take to complete them. I followed my schedule as well as I could. It all worked out in the in the end because I passed!!!!

Things I would change:
1) I would start doing CCS a little earlier
2) I would read first aide along with MTB sections. Note, I am not saying the whole first aide book. I would just read the sections that correspond with the chapters in MTB. There were some tough step 1 questions on the exam.

Good luck!!!

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Default What si Crash CCS 120 cases.

Thanks for the blog. Just want to know what is Crash CCS..or is it Crush CCS book ?
Please guide.
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Thanks for the blog. Just want to know what is Crash CCS..or is it Crush CCS book ?
Please guide.
Oops. I meant the Crush CCS book.
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Congratulations on clearing the exam!

Do you think Crush CCS helped you with the actual exam qs? Any inputs would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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Congratulations on clearing the exam!

Do you think Crush CCS helped you with the actual exam qs? Any inputs would be appreciated.

Thank you.
@phialpha, I thought it was very helpful. Its broken down according to chief complaints and gives you sample orders you can use per chief complaint at the end of each section.

good luck!
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