Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Failed USMLE Step 3?
Sorry if the title is depressing. I hope that you never experience this feeling. But the reality is, many students fail USMLE Step 3 repeatedly, and it may seem that this exam is robbing thier dream of becoming licensed physicians in the US.

I totally understand how frustrating it must be for anyone to Fail USMLE Step 3, especially when people seem to be passing this exam easily. Failing Step 3 is becoming something people are ashamed of, especially after passing Step 1, Step 2 CK, and even matching into residency. Thing is, USMLE Step 3 is vague and unique in many ways. How is it different from USMLE Step 2 CK?, is scoring high helpful for matching in residency or fellowship? will a passing score suffice? The answers to these questions trouble me, so I had to embark on quite a bit of research and reading and concluded that, as far as the MCQ portion goes, USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 3 are actually IDENTICAL. I explain that in detail in my video here:

Knowing this solves many problems. The big one is: We’ll you can use USMLE Step 2 CK resources to prepare for USMLE Step 3. This includes NBME’s Clinical Mastery Series and NBME assessment forms 9, 10, 11, and 12. I explain resources in more detail here:

Odds are, you passed USMLE Step 2 CK and mastered the clinical knowledge needed to pass Step 2 CK. This begs the question, why is it so hard to pass USMLE Step 3? It happens that USMLE Step 3 is scored differently than USMLE Step 2 CK. For starters, the Step 3 score drops by 20 points on average, striking the difference between passing and failing. So how should students make up for this 20-score drop? The answer: by capitalizing on Test-Taking Skills. This is taught in several courses online, or tutoring services may sometimes offer this. Here is my website if you want to read more USMLE TACTICS - Uadvisor

Unfortunately, many students will naturally doubt themselves after failing USMLE Step 3, thinking that they didn’t complete X question bank or didn’t do a second pass on Y resource. They are shocked when they get the same score on their following attempt. I heard this story countless times, and it’s heartbreaking. I also heard of people graduating residency and still unable to clear Step 3, paralyzing them professionally. I’m writing this post hoping to help people in these situations before the damage is irreversible.
« Next Oldest | Next Newest »

Forum Jump:

Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)