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* finally passed guys!
  drusmleex - 10/19/18 11:43
  Thank you universe I finally Passed step 3!!!

First of all let me tell you guys, this is a killer exam..has sucked my entire time, happiness and career till 2017..the nagging feeling ..the incompleteness.I must say I nailed it this year .
Started and restarted my preps over and over gain due to lack of time, personal reasons, ...and mainly lack of confidence.
First and foremost strategy was simple plain positive thinking and creative visualization that the 'pass' had already happened.I made a vision board which says pass as in the score report (courtesy:google!)and a picure of me next to it.
That really worked as a fantastic reminder to look at it everyday.
For reading ...honestly didnt read much but kept mtb as a skeleton book and started viewing lots and lots of youtube videos. I am a visual person so that gave me a lot of confidence to undestand concepts in depth.
I viewed osmosis and mostly Paul bolins videos, medcram,dirty usmle ,lecutrio,Josephmedman,Khan acdemy etc etc etc.For biostats i did a live 1x1 lecture with Dr.Omar in
Then i made tiny notes for some and some just practiced vocalizing to my mom dearest, and my children in a way that they understand.Then came the uw questions I practiced uw rapidly taking almost in test like format each time
and almost finihsed it 2 weeks before the e xam. For ccs, I did uw predominantly two times and rapid review of mapping ccs,crush ccs and some first aid.
I used to read the forum everyday and feel sometimes low coz some people seemed super prepared. Nevertheless I brought my positive spirits to play again and convinced that I am not them, I am me,unique,special
and will succeed in my own way.Which I did!
Now coming to the exams...D1 was tough, Tiring but i read each question carefully begining to end with calm mind and proceeded with the answer that I thought was best choice.Biostats were ok.Thankfully i had read
some microbiology, pharrmacology and opthalmology based on someones advice in this forum.Whoever you are... thanks a bunch for saving me.
Day 2 was ok managable and I felt ok and no biostats. Then came CCS ...things just flew ,i felt i could have done way better .Did not diagnose two -three cases.The software was way too fast than any practice software I had.i must admit I felt miserable after the whole thing got over.
Anyway its done now.I have a list below whom I want to thank from the bottom of my heart.

My Sincere thanks to my mom,
My family,(For supporting me ...emotionally and financially)
Dr.Omar Shaer (
Paul Bolin (CRASH ! videos)
Dr.Rishi Desai and team (
Other You tubers who sincerely put the videos out there for everyone to learn with no vested interest whatsoever.
Invisible friends from this forum
Last but not the least Steve Chen,Chad Hurley,Jawed Karim (Founders of Youtube!!!)

I came to know I passed.Score 196.I feel elated and my happiness is back again. Now getting ready to march forward after a gap with a roar into my fellowship/residency,board certification and licensing in the place of my choice.
Goodbye USMLE forever and Hello clinical practice.
Guys if I can do it with all the adversities can you. I hope this message sends a ray of hope to someone like me, old grad, mom with career gap in some part of the world reading this,All the best to you.
Remember to always think postive no matter what anyone ,any forum tells you.The universe will see to it that you get what you deeply desired for.
So long friends of this forum.Ciao!!!
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* Re:finally passed guys!
  baharzad - 04/11/19 15:46
  you gave me hope, I have exactly the same situation, mom, almost done with residency and still struggling with this exam..
good luck in ur new life,
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  nuri94 - 04/15/19 23:22
  thank you for your guidance  
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  britfelo - 05/08/19 20:22
  I agree  
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  britfelo - 05/18/19 20:56
  anyone from toledo OH area for SP?  
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  nuri94 - 01/12/20 09:21
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  smile14 - 01/14/20 17:35
  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 dilemma. Initially, the step 3 exam is not easy as we all were told. It needs preparation and practice within a planned 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's notes, Master the board and solved Uworld Q bank and CCS cases. No NBME was attempted at that time. MY score was 187. Passing 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 are known to be hard-headed, you should believe 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 memorize 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 the detailed story of a baby in his mom's uterus making noise before been delivered? I could not put the material together after completing the First aid book.

I looked online again and found a website for level assessment and guidance. It was not worth it at all. They charged me 325$ for a 1-hour consultation. However, they recommended I focus more on CCS ( great idea)and they believed my basics are not enough 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 attempts. For no reason, I decided to go through this experience again and finish it. I bought DIT online course- Doctors in training step 2 videos and took 3 weeks off and wanted to improve my basic knowledge and have better prep for this time. I finished the course which was great and knew much more than I really needed for step 3. NBME 280. After reviewing all the material again and again and have reviewed Uworld for the 5th time I thought I would probably pass this time. I needed to work on my CCS. No online course was found at that time. I found someone who taught me online for 75$/hr. He suggested CCS cases from a commercial website rather than Uworld. I have done all of that. The exam completed and the 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 performance and told him about my experience. I attended 8 days review with and revised the note for 4 weeks and have had a study plan with a 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 a high score.

The moral of the story:
Find the right mentor who can do an accurate analysis of your performance
Focus on your weaknesses rather than do it all
Do Not give up.
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* Re:finally passed guys!
  marko2 - 01/20/20 21:07
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