USMLE Step 3 Study Materials

After you have finished the USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK, the gate door to the road of medical practice in the U.S ajar. That is when you have been acknowledged as a medical graduate by ECFMG®. To completely open the door and walk on the road, we must unlock the third and the last lock of this 3-step series. Check the official site (usmle.org) to get the general idea about the exam.

For most of you out there, it may be less important than the Step 1/2 CK. Even the passing score will be good enough for you as you already been in the residency spot of your choice. The situation is a bit different for me though. Many people do the Step 3 during the first and/or second year of Residency. I, however, need to complete the exam with a decent score to increase my odds of getting interviews and Visa sponsorship as well as to compensate my prior Step scores.

Today, I would like to present the study materials I have chosen so far along with a draft study plan. If you have good resources of study materials or links as well as a good study plan, please let me know in the comment. Any form of input and advice!

Let’s start with the Review Books. The following are the most popular and the recommended ones:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1506208428″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Master the Boards USMLE Step 3, 4th Edition, by Conrad Fischer MD (Kaplan)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0071825967″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]First Aid for the USMLE Step 3, Fourth Edition, by Tao Lee[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1455703109″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Brochert’s Crush Step 3: The Ultimate USMLE Step 3 Review, 4e[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1455723746″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Crush Step 3 CCS: The Ultimate USMLE Step 3 CCS Review, 1e[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1506209688″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]USMLE Step 3 Lecture Notes 2017-2018: 2-Book Set (USMLE Prep)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”193824544X” locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Board Basics (R) 4[/easyazon_link]

The other less popular but probably useful books include:

  • [easyazon_link identifier=”007182698X” locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Internal Medicine Correlations and Clinical Scenarios (CCS) USMLE Step 3 (Correlations & Clinical Scenarios for the USMLE Step 3)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”B01N4HY7S2″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Clinical Judgment USMLE Step 3 Review by George Lee (2014-05-30)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1607144840″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]USMLE Step 3 White Coat Pocket Guide (Kaplan Medical USMLE)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”1455753998″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]USMLE Step 3 Secrets, 1e (Dec 25, 2014)[/easyazon_link]
  • [easyazon_link identifier=”0578143011″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Next Step In Management USMLE Step 3: 2nd Edition[/easyazon_link]

Other books such as “[easyazon_link identifier=”0781779634″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]Step-Up to USMLE Step 3 (Step-Up Series)[/easyazon_link]” and “[easyazon_link identifier=”B01FKTPRXK” locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]USMLE Step 3 Triage: An Effective, No-nonsense Review[/easyazon_link]” seem to be outdated (since the last edition was 2008) and less useful.

Doing practice questions and Qbanks play a vital role in preparing of all steps of the USMLE exam and this one is no difference. The top 2 Qbanks for all candidates are unquestionably UWorld and Kaplan NBME. The other resources worth to look at may include USMLE-Rx and USMLE Consult. The more questions you do, the better. However, opposite is true when it comes to studying materials and references, which in fact “Less is More”. So, I decided to use MTB and the Board Basics as my core review books. I will do First Aid and Crush Step 3 as my time and schedule allowed. And considering Step 3 Lecture Notes to review certain topics if needed. I realize that I will need to review [easyazon_link identifier=”1260116123″ locale=”US” tag=”drzaw-20″]First Aid Step 1 (2018)[/easyazon_link] for some basic science correlates as well.

My plan is to read MTB and the Board Basics first. Then practice UWorld and review them back. I may use other resources such as UpToDate® and journals/articles along the way. If I get bored just by reading alone, I will spend some time watching videos on either YouTube or OnlineMedEd. I am not sure how long would I need to get ready to open this final lock of the gate to future dream. I am expecting around four months. What about you? What study materials would you use and what will your study schedule look like? Please share with me.

Together, let’s spunk the beast and crush the board.


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