I am planning on taking
my Step 3 as soon as I pass Step 2CS. I have a couple of
questions for the editors and other active alumni, regarding
the Step 3.
1. I looked up the FSMB website and different states have
different requirements for Step 3. I am planning to go into
the 2006 NRMP, so I have no idea where I'll end up. What
state do I choose? Also, if I were to choose a state now and
take the step 3, and then end up in another program, will my
score be valid/accepted there?
2. Do I have to take the test in the state that I say I am
seeking licensure in?
3.Can anyone give me some ballpark idea of what would be a
reasonable duration of study to crack step 3? I do
understand there are many variables there and there probably
is no unique magic number.
Thanks a lot!
It has been more than four
years since I gave my step 3, so I will encourage others to
leave their input here as well.
Ans1: Does not matter what state you apply through. Choose a
state that does not require foreign med grads to have US
experience prior to sitting for step 3. For example, I sat
for the exam in Pennsylvania, applied for Connecticut, did a
residency in Ohio and now a fellowship and will be applying
for a license in Minnesota.
Ans2: I don't think so, but I will ask more recent step 3
and license applicants to answer this question.
Ans3: It varies, depends on your basic capability, how long
ago you sat for step 2 etc. I am guessing, maybe a month or
two. No body believes this, but I studied for only 1 day
before the exam, had already signed a prematch, so there was
no motivation...just managed to pass! All I went through was
the First Aid for step 2. But this is something I would not
recommend, study hard.
Most of my friends took exam
in CONNECTICUT and they recommended the same to me. I think
its the default option, almost ideal for people going in the