For many of us, by the time USMLE Step 3 rolls around, we are in full-fledged chill out mode. Why? Because life begins after USMLE Step 1, careers begin after Step 2CK, and Step 3 is as perfunctory as having to write thank you cards for someone who gave you socks for the holidays.
However, the significance of the USMLE Step 3 exam should not be underestimated. In fact, failing the Step 3 can prevent you from getting a residency or if you are already in residency cause negative attention to you as a trainee.
The biggest mistake students make with the USMLE Step 3 exam is forgetting about the CCS component. The CCS or Computer-based Case Simulations is literally a videogame version of a patient encounter. As per the USMLE® website here is the description of the CCS: “Free-text entry of patient orders is the primary means for interacting with the format. Buttons and checkboxes are used for advancing the clock, changing the patient’s location, reviewing previously displayed information, and obtaining updates on the patient.”
Here are 5 tips to help you succeed on the USMLE Step 3 CCS:
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