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* IMG Failed Step 3 more than once? What is next?
  smile14 - 01/11/20 15:25
  IMG Failed Step 3 more than once? What is next?
I am an orthopedic practicing consultant. I have failed my step 3 exam 3 times. I tried all the available courses in the market. No luck yet.

I am writing this to share my experience with you guys in order to help those who are going through the same dilema. Initially, the step 3 exam is not easy as we all were told. It needs preparation and practice within a planed schedule and time frame. My first attempt was 2015, have attended Kaplan live for 8 days and solved part of their question bank and Uworld after that. I remember reading most of Kaplan notes, Master the board and solved Uworld Q bank and CCS cases. No NBME was attempted that time. MY score was 187. Paasing score 196

I decided to prepare again and set for the exam since I am almost there and would pass EASILY. My thinking was to do some quick review and Q bank again and set for the exam. The easiest and fastest way was Doctors in Training courses, step 3 Videos 299 $. It took me 3 weeks to finish them. I decided to set for the NBME assessment test and my score was just a joke below 200. I decided to do little more serious preparation and have read on one of the USMLE forums about the Brochert's Crush Step 3: The Ultimate USMLE Step 3 Review. It was not easy to read neither to understand, however, I completed the book and went through Uworld Qbank again.

Surprise!! Failed again.

Orthopedic surgeons known to be hard headed, you shoould belive it. I decided to do more preparation this time and set for the exam. I bought First Aid step 3 and spent 4 months reading and trying to memorise it. I have had no enough time to know this bok ins/out. It was not easy for a full time orthopedic consultant working in 2 hospitals to finish it and could not understand all non ortho topics. Why would I care about detailed stroy of baby in his mom's uterus making noise before been deliverd. I could not put the material together after completing the First aid book.

I looked on line again and found a website for level assessment and guidence. It was not worth it at all. They charged me 325$ for 1 hour consultation. However, they recomended I focus more on CCS ( great idea)and they belived my basics are not enogh and I should read step 2CK materials. ( heart beats more than usual or decided to dance; how would you stop it) !!

I gave up and thought no more step 3 attmpts. For no reason, I decided to go through this experience again and finish it. I bought DITonline course- Doctors in training step 2 videos and took 3 weeks off and wanted to improve my basic knowldge and have better prep for this time. I finished the course which was great and knew much more than i realy needed for step 3. NBME 280. After reviewing all the material again and again and have reviewd Uworld for the 5th time i thought i would propably pass this time. I needed to work on my CCS. No online course was found that time. I found someone who tought me online for 75$/hr. He suggested CCS cases from a commerical website rather than Uworld. I have done all of that. Exam completed and result was FAIL again.

Stuck and did not know what to do. I have read Kaplan notes, DIT, First aid, Crush , Sep 2CK material. CCS one to one, CCS course, CCS Uworld, Mapping CCS and not passing yet.

What else you could do? Asked google. Hey Google, I failed step 3; 3 times what to do next. No answer. Then Asked SiRi, she made fun of me and could not help.
However, I asked google again and again. This time trying to find something different and look for others' experiences.

On the 4th searching page on google, i found a course called Premier review course for step 3, your success is our passion. I called the telephone number and had this conversation with Dr. Nayaz:
Hello, Do you have step 3 courses for those who failed step 3.
Dr. Nayaz; Yes. I can teach you what you are expected to know and you will pass if you follow my instruction.

I explained to him my situation and sent him my reports to show him how bad were my perfomramnce and told him about my exprience. I attended 8 days review with and revised the note for 4 weeks and have had a study plan with focus on weaknesses rather than do it all. Something I found very helpful by the premier review was the CCS online course- pre-recorded video of other students performing CCS online and short videos explaining the diseases and how to manage them.

I have changed the Qbank this time, I used Board Vitals to focus on my basics and U-world selectively for some topics to review topics with low performance. My NBME this time 400+

Result : PASS with high score.

The moral of the story:
Find the right mentor who can do accurate analysis of your performance
Focus on your weaknesses rather than do it all
Do Not give up.

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* Re:IMG Failed Step 3 more than once? What is next?
  pcgk721 - 01/13/20 22:00
  Good, did you get matched?  
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* Re:IMG Failed Step 3 more than once? What is next?
  smile14 - 01/14/20 17:23
  I am going to fellowship. I already matched.  
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