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* I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  enkuang - 12/19/06 00:00
 
  Dear Friends,

I took Step 3 on 11/2 and 11/3/06.

The reason for this posting is to encourage everyone who is preparing to take the USMLE Step 3. I am a PGY 2 resident doing internal medicine. Graduated from St George's Univ School of Medicine. I was really encouraged by many of your testimonies/posting here before my Step 3, that's why I want to do the same for others.

To tell you the truth, even 3 days before Step 3, I was struggling whether or not to postpone until Dec or Jan... I knew that with my own ability I couldn't pass it. My family and church friends kept on praying for me and encouraging me all along, and they also prayed very hard for me throughout 11/2~11/3. Thank Lord Jesus, I found out that I passed Step 3 on 12/4! I couldn't have done it without God's grace, power, and wisdom! Praise God!

My stats:
Q Bank overall average: 54% (did 924 questions)
USMLE World average: 51.6% (only did 192 qs because I ran out of time to study)
NBME Step 3 CD (from USMLE when you registered for the exam) 4 blocks: 67%, 69%, 70%, 79%

My Actual Score on Step 3: 197/ 80

What I did/ my Advice to everyone:
1. While working as a resident, I spent (slowly becuase of the demanding work load and constant lack of sleep...etc.) ~3-4 months of my time watching the Kaplan Videos and going over the Kaplan Step 3 Notes.

2. Going over Crush Step 3 and First Aid for Step 3*** very important!!! Make sure you go over these two books for HIGH YIELD facts/ QUICK review!!! Some people may need to go over twice, but I only had enough time to go over once.

2. Then I started to do Kaplan Q Bank first, trying to build up my confidence level before starting USMLE World.... unfortunately I ran out of time..... so I only did 4 blocks of USMLE World. ****I highly recommend JUST do USMLE World, and NOT Q Bank, because the REAL Step 3 looks much more similar to USMLE World in Style and Format (for ex. the real Step 3 has those 3~4 Qs with only One main Question Stem- these types of questions are only found in USMLE World- and these type of qs save you more time on Step 3). With an average of 52~55% on USMLE World, you should be able to pass the real Step 3 without any problems.

3. Practice CCS 5 cases on USMLE Step 3 CD MORE than 2 times!!! and Go through the 100 CCS cases on First Aid for Step 3 (they are quick and fast way to train you to think better/ faster on the real CCS exam).

4. When you practice USMLE World- MAKE SURE you always do 1 hr block of 48 Qs with ALL Subjects/specialties- this will train you in terms of time management AND help you REVIEW ALL Subjects/ 5 areas (Peds, OB, Surger...) at the SAME TIME- this way you won't review one area and forget about the other and keep going back and forth. The bottom line is- Get USED to doing the REAL THING as REAL as possible!

My CCS 9 cases:

1. Hypothyrodism. 2.Septic Shock from UTI. 3. Ecclampsia. 4. Iron Deficiency Anemia. 5. STD- Chlymidia. 6. Menigits- Nisseria. 7. Intussusception (peds). 8. Panic Attack. 9. Squamous Cell Lung Cancer/ Carcinoma.

*** For CCS- Make sure/ try your best to finish the case in under 14~15 minutes (before the 5 min warning/closing door). This way you will know you did the RIGHT thing/Make the RIGHT Diag/management. Because if the patient tells you that he/she is feeling better and "Boom" the "This case will end in 5 Min" Sign shows up in your face- you can rest assure that you just GOT ONE CASE RIGHT!!!! =)

Godspeed to ALL, and THANK YOU for all the encouragements and Help!
God Bless You and Your Family!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
EnKuang
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  auerrod - 12/19/06 07:21
 
  Congrats!
G8 feedback! Wish you a Happy Holiday Season!!!
All the best for the IM boards!
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of God
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  ganja_doc - 12/19/06 10:18
 
  Congrats  
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  oxygen - 12/19/06 12:16
 
  Good job!!!Brother/sister. May the Lord be with you through your board exam!!  
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  sc98 - 12/19/06 23:02
 
  congrats and thanx for the elaborate feedbac.
happy holidays
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  kavish99 - 12/20/06 03:17
 
  power and grace of jesus is the best book and guide for passing the test..i agree with that..  
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  jeevee1 - 12/20/06 11:19
 
  Now, open your heart to receive Him in Christmas. That's a greter gift than any Step 3 score.  
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  oxygen - 12/21/06 11:41
 
  Hi enkuang,

Which state did you pick for step3? I am planning to take it sometime early next year, I just got my certificate and no residency, which state do you suggest that I should pick? California or connetcut? thanks
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  shapers19 - 12/22/06 03:53
 
  HI THANKS FOR THE FEED BACK...good luck with the boards and merry X-mas,

california or conneticut ? CA doesn't require IMG to be in residency ?
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  enkuang - 12/23/06 11:34
 
  Hi Oxygen and Shapers19,

Sorry about the late reply, I recommend register through Conneticut for the Step 3- It's Quick and easy- and you will get your "orange" permit in 2~3 weeks! But to tell you the truth, I really don't know about Step 3 and not yet in Residency/ or IMG status. I am also an IMG myself, and I had absolutely no problem/delay in registering for the Step 3.... but I would definitely ask MORE people if this is a concern to you. Perhaps other people in similar situation on this Forum can better help answering this question...

Take care
God Bless You and Your family
Merry Christmas

En Kuang
 
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* Re:I passed Step 3 by the power/grace of Jesus
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  gentle - 12/24/06 23:42
 
  if Jesus could do anything,he had done that for himself and hadn't been nailed in cross  
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