Posted by justpassed from IP 188.8.131.52 on February 11, 2009 at 23:49:41:
Hi guys, I just passed my Step 3. It was my third time. If I can do it anyone can do it.
The first time I took the test, I did not take it seriously. I only used USMLE World, and did not even do a very good job of studying USMLE World MCQ, and did not study the USMLE World CCS cases very well.
The second time, I also did not do very good preparation. Again, I only used USMLE World MCQ to prepare, but this time, I studied USMLE World MCQ very well. But I did not study the USMLE CCS cases well.
The third time, I ordered Premier Notes with the audio lectures, and they were excellent. And I did Kaplan this time, since I had already done USMLE World so many times.
I think that this exam is not difficult if you prepare for it. If you read Premier notes, and do USMLE World MCQ and CCS cases, you should definitely pass.
If you get Premier notes, I recommend reading the notes first before listening to the audio lectures. That way, when you hear the audio lectures, you can follow along with the notes and you already are familiar with the notes.
The 2009 USMLE released CD is also helpful. They released explanations for the CCS. This helps you get into the mindset of what you are supposed to do in the CCS. My advice for the CCS is treat it as if it were a real life patient. Order the tests in the sequence you would do in real life. Order the most appropriate screening or diagnostic tests or exams. And treat the most urgent things first.
Remember the test is not very difficult, but you must prepare well. Good luck, I'll answer any questions if you have any.
Also I am selling my Premier Lecture notes and Audio lectures for $250, if you are interested.
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