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Crush Step 3, 2e 2nd Edition
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I also used First Aid Step 3 for 1. a different perspective; 2. I like the First Aid series; 3. the CCS section in the back. If you are away from general medicine for a while, it will be nice to go through some of the scenarios. But otherwise, I prefer Crush step 3 by far. CCS is really about patient management. The cases are easy to diagnose. Make sure you work through the practice disk though, with the review book and question books, you are all set for a comfortable pass. The toughest part of the exam for me was going back for the second day. But people usually finished very early on their second day as some CCS cases could take just 10 minutes or less to finish. The thing is, if you forget a test or an order, you cannot go back to put it in. So make sure you take your time and think through your steps. But you should have plenty of time to do so. Granted, the above may not apply to the IMGs, as they have more hurdles to overcome. But regardless, this is still a very good book with very high yield materials to review on. Good luck with your step 3, and the many sleepless nights when you are on call. :)
I highly recommend the book. Well done!!
If you carefully read this entire book, taking a week or two for full absorption, before your exam, you will almost surely pass Step 3. To "Crush" Step 3, I would highly recommend a adjunct text or perhaps subscription to one of the better online question bank sources. In addition, as Brochert himself states in the introduction, familiarity with Clinical Case Scenarios (CCS's) are an absolute requirement.
For the most part, Brochert's dividing of the book into core specialities and several peripheral disciplines works extremely well. The book educates in essentially a disease-by-disease format, liberally spinkling "buzz words" (entertained often by question-writers of USMLE exams) and key concepts among the topics. Simple information/recall questions are scattered throughout the text, providing reinforcement to just-refreshed (or just-learned ?!) concepts.
For the most part, the book is excellent for test-prepartion and for medical information recall. However, the OB/GYN section seemed not to resonate with the tone of the rest of the book, being quite dense in terms of information provided, especially with regards to obstetrics. This is practically just simple nitpicking, as the OB/GYN section of the exam you will sit for will be most likely confined to patients who present with pregnancy as a "co-morbidity". All other sections are well-written with many diagrams and photographs.Read more ›
I agree with other reviews claiming that this resource offers limited review in pediatric and Ob/Gyn. Being a pediatrics intern, I was prepared for the pediatrics section of the exam based on my experience as a resident. However, the pediatrics section is definitely watered down too much to use Crush as a sole resource. The OB/Gyn was certainly not enough. Having not thought about many of the gynecologic topics since medical school, I would've been in trouble at exam time had I not completed many Ob/Gyn samply items in a question book (Kaplan Q book for Step 3).
Again, good concise resource, but lacking with respect to pdediatrics and Ob/Gyn.
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I had no money to attend review classes for the exam. I have not even started my internship when I took the exam. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Babybuchug
Exactly what I said in the subject. Overall, a quick reference book, but nothing special.Published on July 22, 2008 by Frances B. Lim
with such great reviews i was so happy to have found this book but once i opened it... it was all down ill after that. Read morePublished on January 7, 2008 by Psysword
I am finishing my preparation for Step 3. It's September. The application process started already. I am doing a rotation in Mount Sinai Hospital Miami in Critical Care and at the... Read morePublished on September 11, 2007 by Ricardo Poveda
crush is a well-written, succinct, adequate step 3 review source. i used it along with some online questions, and after having taken the exam, feel that it prepared me well.Published on May 21, 2007 by zHarpua
Crush Step 3 is an excellent book for rapid, high yield review of material commonly tested on the exam. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Lily Francis
I used this book as a source of review for my STEP 3 exams and would like recommend it to everyone preparing for STEP 3.Published on January 31, 2007 by Baji al hindi