About Step 3
USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the USMLE series of examinations. It is part of the licensing requirements for Doctors of Medicine (M.D.) and international medical graduates to practice medicine in the United States. The USMLE Step 3 exam is considered the final step in the series of medical licensure examinations. Generally, it is a pre-requisite of the majority of the state licensing boards. USMLE Step 3 tests several concepts that are often required to provide general health care to a patient. USMLE Step 3 is a mandatory exam that must be passed in order to obtain license as a practicing physician. Some International Medical Graduates are required to pass USMLE Step 3 in order to obtain an H1 Visa.
Obtain certification by the ECFMG If you are an graduate from International Medical School.
Our years of experience have given us tremendous insight in toUSMLE Step3 students’ weak areas. It was astonishing to notice that many Step3 students despite practicing on commercially available CCS software (such as UWorldWere deficient in executing crucial CCS tasks. Practicing on this commercially available software without understanding the strategy did not yield the best result. More importantly, the above commercial software does not exactly match the CCS software that students take their actual exam on. Students missed out on the importance of sequencing of orders, monitoring the patients, avoiding invasive orders, 2-min screen input, follow-up monitoring using calendar option, real time and simulated time logistics. This is exactly why guidance by an expert teaching physician is needed on most effective strategy to work on the actual USMLE Step 3 CCS software about Diagnosis, Location, Monitoring, Timing and Sequencing of orders. At Archer CCS, we have explained the strategies by simulating various high-yield case scenarios on the actual exam CCS software. This led to improved understanding of how the cases work on the software compared to real life scenarios and how crucial it is not to indulge in invasive measures on a patient. These time-tested Archer CCS strategies as well as high yield case demonstrations have worked out wonders for our prior students and should certainly work for you too!
To address the needs of busy medical students and physicians, Archer has introduced several options to master the CCS strategy: Rapid CCS Prep, Intense CCS prep and Live CCS Workshops (Live Webinars).
Rapid CCS Prep is one of the most preferred options by Step3 students. You get online access immediately after purchase and you can review at your own convenient time 24/7 from your account. These streaming videos include the exact live webinar content where you see several cases being demonstrated on the actual Step 3 CCS software, PowerPoint presentation and the instructor’s audio. This is a video package of Archer CCS strategies, four full length live CCS workshops including the videos of most recent live CCS session showing the strategies on the latest Step3 exam software. Includes 2hrs45min of Archer CCs strategies clip, a 5hr most recent CCS Workshop file and several other high-yield CCS. We have provided 35 hours of files so users have choice to watch more high-yield cases if they wish to. If you are constrained for time, it is certainly not necessary to complete all the 35-hour files – we recommend that you complete at-least Archer CCS strategies file along with 5 hour most recent CCS Workshop file to master the most important content (total 8 hours’ time).These reviews are automatically updated whenever there are changes to Step3 and whenever new guidelines and new concepts emerge.
Intense CCS Prep is an extremely thorough prep offering several videos with 100 hours of case demonstrations (about 80 high-yield CCS cases) on the actual exam CCS software including Archer CCS strategies file. It includes all the cases from Rapid CCS prep as well. This is especially recommended for those with prior failed attempts on Step3 and/or those with low performance on CCS in the past. Several students with multiple failed attempts in the past were able to pass the exam through Intense CCS prep.
Live CCS Workshop (Webinar) is an online session where you can interact with the instructor (Dr.Red) who will walk you through the software live and lets you practice CCS cases under guidance. First part of the workshop will include a recorded lecture on CCS strategies for 3 hours. From September 2019, this 3 hours session will be e-mailed to you 48 hours prior to live session so we can use all live session time for high-yield case practice during the webinar. Limit : 15 students per live session. Each student gets to practice under supervision. Using the webinar technology, you can work on the instructor’s desktop screen while the instructor and other webinar participants can watch you as you practice a case. Dr.Red will analyze your approach and give you instant feedback if anything needs to be improved. While other students practice different cases, you get to watch and ask questions. In this way, almost 15 to 20 cases are practiced during a single workshop. Each student will get 20 minutes to practice a case. Registration must be done at least a day in advance before the scheduled webinar. Depending on the number of students, a session can last from 8 to 10 hours, with frequent breaks to optimize learning. By giving a one-time in-depth workshop, we allow our students to truly engage with the material and learn all the necessary concepts in a shorter amount of time. Live sessions ( Cost $290) are organized only once every 4 months since most students prefer Rapid Online CCS prep (Cost: $88) . Click here to Register for Live Session and then pay $290 listed under Live Webinar products to confirm your slot as slots are extremely limited .
Have you missed out the recent live online lecture? No worries, you can access them here! Get access to our CCS workshop sessions and rapid reviews. Archer’s Pay-Per-View now makes it possible for you to access our streaming live videos at your most convenient time.
Step3 CCS – Why excelling on it so important?
Archer Step 3 CCS strategies have led to 99% pass rate for many students including those who had multiple previous failed attempts on Step3. Years after launch, we continue to notice consistent improvement in the CCS performance of our students and a significant boost in the 3-digit score (when compared to the score on their prior attempts) as long as they followed and applied the strategies as demonstrated. We did a retrospective analysis using the score reports forwarded to us by our successful students. Score reports prior to 2018 clearly showed performance graphs using rightward or leftward stars which enabled us to analyze the relative importance of CCS. These score reports revealed:
80% score reports showed very high performance on the CCS with only an average performance on the MCQs. 19% showed average performance both on CCS and MCQs. Those with below average/ poor performance on CCS got a failed score despite above average performance on the MCQs
For the students who had failed past attempts but now passed, the performance graphs revealed a big boost in the CCS section while not so much in MCQs compared to their prior score reports. Still, all of them passed. For those who previously failed with 3-digit scores of 170 and above, it is important that they analyze their score report to see if there is a scope for improvement in CCS performance. If there is, this is where you can get the best results with the least effort. The new score reports since 2018 will not tell the exact performance, it just shows whether the performance in CCS/MCQs is higher or lower than your overall Step 3 score. For those who failed with 3-digit scores of 170 or above with higher performance on CCS, we still insist that you excel on Step 3 CCS to reduce the burden on the MCQs. If your score was less than 170, it is important that you focus significantly on both CCS and MCQs because you need a boost in both the sections to reach the passing score on your next attempt.
Please realize that losing 2 to 3 CCS cases completely may significantly increase the burden on the MCQ sections. It is possible that each CCS case may contribute approximately 2% to your total 3-digit score. Since most students find it hard to answer more than 55% to 65% MCQs correctly, losing a CCS case will put additional burden on you to correctly answer additional 3 questions per block. For a student who consistently scored 65% on practice question banks, failing 3 CCS cases may require them to get 70% correct on the MCQs to reach the passing score. This is one reason why some students fail despite reviewing MCQs thoroughly and despite scoring 70% on some practice Qbanks like Kaplan and UWorld. At Archer, we apply time-tested strategic approaches to help students taking standardized tests. Our goal is to focus on what matters most in the exam and spend more time preparing you extensively in those focused areas.
– Please do not neglect CCS. Getting a high score on CCS is easily achievable and extremely rewarding to the overall score.
– Below average performance on CCS will need you to score very high on MCQs in order to succeed on Step 3. This is a very hard feat to achieve compared to CCS focused method.
Eleven years after the launch, Archer or Dr.Red CCS Workshops and Theory lecture courses continue to benefit thousands of medical students and physicians every year with these evidence based strategic approaches to pass USMLE exams.
ArcherReview provides full-length 36-hour high-yield review courses for Step3 Theory Concepts ( for MCQ sections) which have a reputation of achieving 97% pass rate. We have originally launched theory courses in the year 2008 along with Archer Step3 CCS courses which resulted in our students getting immensely superior scores by focusing both on CCS and high-yield strategic theory preparation for MCQs. Our high-yield Qbank which was recently launched can be practiced after completing the theory course. Listening to the lectures followed by practicing our Q-bank will reinforce your understanding of concepts at multiple levels. Free Step3 Questions can also be practiced on our Blog. At Archer, we promote Retention which is multiplied by repeated reinforcement.
There are three options to go with for Theory Review course: Rapid Theory Prep -Online, Topic Lectures and Live Rapid Fire Review (webinar)
Rapid Theory Prep-Online: The First option is a streaming video lecture package of very high-yield theory topics/questions on step-3 and passing strategies. This course extensively focuses on the most high-yield and frequently tested theory topics on the exam while leaving out low-yield topics. This is to strategically maximize the yield in the lowest preparation time. Our theory course correlates with basic science attributes wherever indicated to strengthen your foundation to face the newly changed Step3 exam Questions. These are the recordings of the most recent Live Rapid Fire Review. It shows the power-point slides, audio and video lecture. You will be provided with high yield review notes. These Pay-per-view streaming online videos from our recent rapid reviews are the most preferred theory review package by our Step3 students. These are 36-hour long video lectures with two months access for much less price of $ 245. Watch the video at your convenient time at your comfortable place. These give you 2 month access with unlimited watch time. Rapid prep also comes with 6 months access and unlimited watch time for $502 so that you can view the theory topics multiple times and use the knowledge gained to reinforce with several Qbank questions.
The Topics Included In Rapid Prep Online include:
It also comes with Archer lecture notes in PPT format which you can download from your account dashboard. CCS is not included in this. The lectures have been regarded as “highly beneficial” by most of our students in post-lecture surveys and have resulted in high pass rates.
Topic Reviews: The second option is the topic reviews, and each topic sign up would cost around $25 to $50. The topics involved in this are Cardiology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine ( along with Ventilator concepts), Hematology and Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Psychiatry and Pediatrics ( High-yield). All of these are included in the above Rapid Theory Prep. Purchasing the entire Rapid Theory Prep package is much cheaper than purchasing many individual topics separately.
Live Rapid Fire Review: The third option is the Live 7-Day Rapid Fire Review which will encompass all the above topics done over 36 hours spanning over 7 days. Live reviews cost $2000 for 36-hour full-length review by Dr.Red. We will have live rapid review webinars once every 6 months to one year. This includes all the topics that are listed in the Pay-Per-View courses above. We will announce Live webinar dates in the products section soon. Please realize all the content taught during live rapid review is incorporated in to above mentioned Rapid Theory Online Prep which is available at much cheaper price of $245.
With years of experience, Archer has provided the best lectures and question banks to prepare for medical licensing exams. These Lectures as well as USMLE step3 Qbank questions and answers will help you not just to score high on Step 3 but also help you become a better clinician.
Questions created by experienced physicians having hands-on experience
Regular updates based on the latest trends
Explanations of real-life medical scenarios
Questions available in pictures, quizzes, puzzles and other formats which help in detailed understanding
With experienced physicians deliver a detailed explanation for each question
Answers for both correct and incorrect questions
An in-depth report for the wrong options
Pictographic representation to help them understand better.
Proper dashboard to help you to track your performance
Highlights both strength and weakness of the performance
Are you facing an issue on any subjects or lessons? You have an option to take notes on critical concepts you have.
If you wanted to review the questions later, you have an option to flag them.
Allows you to create customised exams based on your unique needs.
Subject and lesson wise statistics are provided. You will get data on total questions used, omitted, etc.
You have the facility to practice questions anytime, from anywhere and any device.
An overview of your performance can be seen on the dashboard. We provide the reports in graphical format so that it helps you to understand better.
Content Rich Explanations for both correct and incorrect answers
Difficult questions which will challenge you and prepare for the actual exam.
Good Customer Support and Instant Reply from our physicians
Time-tested and evidence based strategy to pass USMLE Step3 easily.
Customized exams like real USMLE based on your needs
Know your performance through graphs and compare with peers
Flag your favorite questions and review as needed
Create Customized tests based on your requirements.