USMLE Step 3 is the final exam on the way to becoming a licensed medical physician in the US. This test tests your knowledge to practice medicines without any supervision. In this article, we will try to cover the basic steps, a brief overview, and tips to pass this 2-day trial.
This test is entirely computer-based, featuring a mixture of multiple choice questions and clinical simulations. Before the end of your residency, you probably have to go through the final and the giant stage of the USMLE three-step series on your path to becoming a doctor.
- US and Canadian Med-School Students recognized by Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
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- Students outside US and Canadian Med-Schools recognized by International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. (ECFMG).
Format of USMLE Step 3
As already mentioned above, USMLE STEP-3 is a 2 day crushing part of the USMLE series. USMLE Step 3 is broken into two parts;
- Foundations in Independent Practice (FIP)
- Advanced Clinical Medicines (ACM)
Given below is the brief description and overview of the structure of USMLE Step 3:
What is asked? Ability to, apply clinical science knowledge to patients without any supervision.
When to take? After, graduation.
Time Duration: Step-3 usually takes 2 days.
MCQ Questions: Usually, 500 MCQ’s
Place: Prometric Test Sites in the USA
- DAY 1: Foundations in independent Practice (FIP)
- What is asked? What are the scientific principles for effective medical care? (Concepts based)
- Time: 7 hours (one day)
- MCQ Questions: 260 MCQs
- DAY 2: Advanced Clinical Medicines (ACM)
- What is asked? Patient Management and Evolving Disease Process by applying medical knowledge.
- Duration: 9 hours (one day)
- MCQ Questions: 200 MCQs
|DAY 1||DAY 2|
USMLE Step 3 Comprehensive Study:
Given below is the brief overview of the subjects to focus on:
USMLE Step 3 Content/Material/Resources:
USMLE World is the gold standard for the preparation. It contains so many cases that are very close to the actual test exam. Go through these cases to strengthen your knowledge.
As it has been mentioned in previous articles that NBME is also the gold standard for your self-assessment. Taking NBMEs give you an idea of how much do you know?
CCS (Computer-based cases simulation) Software
Computer-Based Cases Simulation Software is often very important for preparing step-3 but, at the same time, it is very complicated as well. There are some confusing cases in this software and there are so many cases that you may not be able to decide how much cases you have to take and practice. But, this is also considered very high yield by many of the interns who have taken step-3. Practice CCS again and again and familiarize yourself with this software.
USMLE Step 3 Triage
This book is considered often very high yield and also contains the complete knowledge of the cases of dealing with a patient and managing patient. It is often more targeted than First Aid and even more easy to go through.
Master the Boards
This is one most complete and high yield book and in comparison to First Aid, is less complicated. Many of the interns also suggest this book to go through for the preparation of USMLE STEP-3.
Crush Step 3
This book is the fastest and far by easy of all the books. But, this book too has holes in its skeletal structure. It is fastest one to blaze through.
Step Up To Step 3
Another source material for the preparation.
First Aid also is a genuine and, not very high yield, the book to go through. But, most of the interns, due to their busy schedule, cannot go through this whole book. The outlines and the structure of this book are very complex and complicated. If you want to study this book as your study material for preparing USMLE STEP-3, you definitely will have to give it a lot of time.
Very High Yield
|Master The Board
Step up to STEP-3
Very High Yield
|First Aid||Not High Yield|
|Testing Criteria||Examinee Criteria|
|v Passing Score
v Mean Score
v Standard Deviation
v Graphical Performance profile
v Three-digit Score
The result is available after 3-4 weeks after the exam but, it is recommended to wait 8 weeks for the result; owing to any irregularity.
TIPS to Take USMLE Step 3
There are some of the following tips you have to bear in mind during your preparation for the UMSLE Step 3 exam;
Do not take USMLE Step 3 lightly as many of the interns do because they have passed step 1 and step 2. If you have struggled so much to pass step-1 and step-2 then do struggle to take this step seriously. USMLE STEP-3 is only a test and tests only your ability to take the test, not to be a physician.
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