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  donewithu - 12/11/17 21:24
  Just wanted to help someone else since I'm now officially done with these exams.

Step 3 test is structured to cover every level of medical education from basic science to residency training. Day 1 tests you heavily on step 1 (Basic science) material. Day 2 part 1 tests you on Step 2 CK. Day 2 part 2 tests you on Step 2 CS but with the added requirement to manage your patient instead of just listing the differentials like you did in Step 2 CS. Day 2 part 2 tests your ability to come up with your differentials and then proceed to order tests to arrive at your diagnosis and also manage your patient efficiently ALL BY YOURSELF since you're now the MD.

So, for Day 1: Review your basic science - MOA of medications, biostatistics and research abstracts (this has been said over and over), and ofcourse, know the pathophysiology of diseases. It's called FIP for a reason. Just know one thing for sure: You will have a tough day but keep your cool and take every block as new. Don't let the struggles of the previous block affect your mind on the next block. Important!!

Day 2: Review your Step 2 CK note. Do UWorld Q-bank till you're scoring above 65% consistently. Read MTB 3 for review after you're done studying your core materials. This should be an easier day for everyone who has made it to this stage of medical education/training.

Finally, CCS: I tried EVERY material out there. Uworld CCS is good. Archer is good. Crush CCS is good. For sure, the practice cases released by the NBME on their Fred V2 software are good. Here's the million dollar Q: How do you know if you're doing well or not? None of these actually SCORES your activities. None! I was lucky to find a software that actually SCORES what you do and tells you what is needed. This was the ONLY thing that helped me pass CCS. I'm sure not a lot of people know this because they just produced the software this year 2017. It is dirt cheap as well and you only pay for it once a year! I personally feel it's too cheap for its worth..and the scariest part: it's the exact software on the real test. Now, before someone thinks I am trying to advertise a product - look through this forum - you will NOT see any posts from me. I just wanted to help someone - who ever this is meant for. You may or may not pass CCS with UW CCS software, may or may not pass with the NBME Fred V2 practice material, may or may not pass with Crush CCS but if you PRACTICE and MASTER this new software, you will definitely ace CCS, and if you do well on CCS, you will very likely pass step 3 as long as you do ok (not great) on the MCQs.

I have not mentioned the name of the software here so no-one thinks I'm advertising. If this interests you, I'll email you the name of the software if I have your email. I forgot to mention: On day 1: Skip the Biostat/abstracts till you're done with the "real medicine" questions. Important!!

That is my little contribution. Good luck to you all. Namaste.
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  mirnda - 12/14/17 23:09
  The CCSCASES orders are written in a different way than FRED. it is really frustrating and confusing.  
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  john004 - 12/16/17 12:33  
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  steveccscases - 12/18/17 23:51
  Hi, my name is Steve. I work for I would like to respond to some things discussed in here.

Regarding mteddy - Are you using the new version? We have a new and improved method for grading the physical exam that you will find has resolved your concerns. Also, we will look into the complete urinalysis and urinalysis problem you are having. Could you tell us which case says that you have done the pulse oximetry and is not registering? These sound like simple issues that we can easily fix and release in our next version. All new versions are free to paying customers.

Regarding mirnda - The ccscases orders are exactly the same as FRED. Can you tell us what you find frustrating?

Also regarding that CCSCases is priced too low. We really don't want to gouge our customers. We would like to make it reasonable affordable and not hit you every month with another fee. We know the beginning of residency or the beginning of your medical career that money is tight. We would like to keep prices down as long as possible.

We are actively working on some improvements that I think everyone will like. We are still in the testing phase for some of these improvements. More info to come.

Thanks for reading,

Steve from
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  fjb786 - 12/21/17 15:29

can you email me please, i have a few important questions I'd like to ask you.

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  op - 12/23/17 16:47  
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  donewithu - 12/25/17 20:18
  @sakky24: I emailed you. Good luck!
@fjb786: I emailed you.
@op: I emailed you. Good luck!
@john004: I emailed you. Good luck!
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* Re:Step 3 KEY
  donewithu - 12/25/17 20:39
  Highest possible correct score on day 1 can only be 80-85% which translates to 100-106/125 (raw score)
Highest possible correct score on day 2 can only be 90% which translates to 95/105 (raw score)
CCS becomes what determines if you just pass, ace, or flunk the entire exam.
So, pay attention to CCS docs. Aim at >60/75 (raw score)
Good luck!
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  afam - 12/25/17 22:19
  @ donewithu, my email is

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  smahmed11 - 12/26/17 00:14
  please email me at

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  drnaush - 12/28/17 12:24
  hi! my email is
THanks so much.....

also do u recommend reading through mksap books and doing their MCQs ....PLS advise
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