Conquering another mountain: how I studied for the USMLE Step 3 two-day soul-crushing anxiety-inducing omg-wtf exam

Mountain Dew time!

I just finished USMLE (the United States Medical Licensing Exam) Step 3, a 2-day-long ordeal spent answering questions about patient care.

500 multiple-choice questions pelted at me like paddles at a frat hazing party, each with clinical scenarios. I tore through several hours of 12 simulated patient cases, placing orders and doing virtual “exams” within the emergency department, the outpatient clinic, and in the inpatient wards. These were questions from nearly all of the specialties: a bit of opthalmology, dermatology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, lots of psychiatry, neurology, gastroenterology…suffice it to say, psychiatrists (like me) know quite a bit about the entire body and not just psychiatry cases. :-P

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