The USMLE® Step 3

Step 3 has changed. So has our course.

It includes more questions about foundational science essential for effective healthcare; biostatistics, epidemiology, and population health management; medical literature interpretation; medical ethics; and patient safety. Students are able to schedule the exam on two non-consecutive days, named Step 3 FIP (Foundations of Independent Practice) and Step 3 ACM (Advanced Clinical Medicine).†

Get the updated Step 3 Lecture Notes and 6 hours of new online video content comprised of patient safety, population health management, interpretation of medical literature and medical ethics. Learn more.

The USMLE Step 3 is a 2-day computerized examination with approximately 500 multiple-choice questions, as well as computer-based case simulations (CCS) which assess your ability to evaluate history and physical exam information, order diagnostic tests, select initial therapies, and manage the patient.

The USMLE Step 3 primarily focuses on patient management (45-55% of questions). Other topics include history and physical; lab and diagnostic studies; diagnosis; prognosis; and pathophysiology—each consisting of about 8-12% of the exam questions. In addition, each question falls into one of three clinical encounter frames: initial workup; continued care; and emergency care.

The test is administered by appointment on a year-round basis.

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