USMLE Step 3 is the final hurdle in the USMLE exam series, and is often the most underestimated by aspiring doctors. Don't let your guard down just yet.
USMLE Step 3
What Content Does USMLE Step 3 Cover?
Step 3 is typically taken during the first year of residency. The exam tests your ability to apply medical knowledge and understanding of biomedicial and clinical science that is essential to the unsupervised practice of medicine, with a focus on patient management in ambulatory settings.
How is USMLE Step 3 Administered?
Step 3 is a two-day exam. Day 1 has approximately 7 hours in the test session, including 45 minutes of break time. There will be 232 multiple-choice items divided into 6 blocks of 38-39 items. You get one hour to complete each block. Day 1 focuses on Foundations of Independent Practice (FIP), and tests foundational sciences, biostatistics, interpretation of medical literature, as well as patient safety, communication and interpersonal skills, and medical ethics.
Day 2 has approximately 9 hours in the test session, including a minimum 45 minutes of break time. There will be 180 multiple-choice items, divided into six blocks of 30 items each. You get 45 minutes to complete each block. Day 2 focuses on Advanced Clinical Medicine (ACM) and tests knowledge of patient diagnosis and disease management. Day 2 includes computer-based case simulations (CCS) that test your skills in patient diagnosis and disease management, with a focus on knowledge of patient history, physical examination, and use of diagnostic studies. There will be 13 case simulations, for each of which you will be given 10 or 20 minutes.
How Important is Step 3 of the USMLE?
Step 3 is the final examination in the USMLE series that an aspiring doctor must pass to earn a license to practice medicine in the United States without supervision.
How is USMLE Step 3 Scored?
The minimum passing score for Step 3 is 196, and the national average is a 226, with a standard deviation of 15. Step 3 is the USMLE exam that is most often underestimated by aspiring doctors. Students who have excelled on Step 1 and Step 2 CK may have challenges with Step 3, given their busy residency schedule, the exam's unique simulation component, or a residency specialty that doesn't utilize the medicine concepts tested in Step 3. If you are pursuing a fellowship, a strong Step 3 performance can help your application stand out.
Why You Should Choose MED LEARNITY For Step 3 Coaching
At Medlearnity, we equip you with the best learning plans and strategies to fit your needs. We're dedicated to pairing you with the tutor who will guide you throughout the Step 3 exam process, create tailor-made study guides and help you excel. Our personalized study schedules will optimize your learning.
Our professional tutors are practicing physicians with medical expertise and real-world experience. Medlearnity tutors are from leading hospitals and medical schools throughout the U.S. They're also talented educators who will use their medical knowledge and test-taking skills to help you succeed in medical school and beyond.
The team at Medlearnity has helped over 500+ future physicians surpass their own goals on crucial exams. Our students frequently return for tutoring for their next exams when they see how much we help improve their scores and study skills. Read some of our Step 3 success stories.
What To Expect From Step 3 Test Prep
At Medlearnity, Students Come First. We understand preparing for a high-stakes exam or career prospect can be intimidating and deeply personal (to say the least). Therefore, we approach every student's situation with our utmost attention to detail to see how we can best assist you. Whether you are having challenges meeting your performance goals, or simply want to make sure you are on a path to success, our team is available to share our perspective. We know you will feel the 'Students First' mentality at Medlearnity from the quality of your sessions and expertise of our team.
What to Expect
How to Get Started with USMLE Step 3 Tutoring
Sign up for our one-hour free trial session. You'll receive an email or phone call from us shortly thereafter for some more information so we can understand your particular situation and assess your personal needs to pair you up with the tutor that's a perfect fit. This way, we're off to a very productive and personalized start, right from your very first session.
You'll receive an email introducing you to your new tutor, and instructions on how to join your first trial session and reserve your session time. During this first trial session, your tutor will review content and discuss study strategy. You can email your tutor beforehand if there is any particular content you want to cover or if you have any questions you'd like to address.
After your trial session, we'll send you a feedback report with next steps, our recommendations and a recording of your session so you can review any material you went over with your tutor. If you decide you'd like to continue working with us to achieve your goals, we'll set you up with a tutoring package that works best for you.
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