Hello to all.
I am finally done with all my USMLE's. To all of those who have passed, congratulations! To those who have failed, take a breath, dust yourself off and get back on task. To those who have yet to take Step 3, listen to wise counsel and study your butts off.
Thought I would through my 2 cents in.
USMLE World MCQ's are a must. However, if you are speeding through them for the sake of saying you got through so many a day, then your headed on a collision course. What is needed is to actually do the question and read all the explanations and educational objectives and really get your head around the material. Do not lie to yourself by changing answers from wrong to right in tutor mode so you end up with a certain percentile at the end. You are only hurting yourself. Better yet don't even bother with looking at how many people got a answer right or wrong vs what you did. It is senseless to do this, especially because there are a lot of people reusing the MCQ's so they remember answers.
In addition, the 41 print out cases are very helpful to recall and reinforce topics you learned while on rotations in medical school and things you may have seen as an intern.
The 52 CCS are a complete must. With that do not memorize all the cases because you may receive totally different cases on the real exam. Instead, you should learn how to navigate through the system, mentally visualize the patient and understand what is needed for that particular patient by practicing the cases. You must be comfortable with CCS in order to pass this exam, can not express this enough.
Lastly, many will tell you what books to use etc. I think it is up to your preference and what you were comfortable with in the past. All books have errors. It says that you are on the right track if you happen to discover an error here or there while reading. It may indicate you know that particular topic well!
So to end my rant. In my opinion (take it for what it is worth)
USMLE WORLD MCQs
USMLE WORLD 41 print out cases and 52 simulated cases
Master The Boards or First Aid (would not waste my time with Crush)
Determination and at least 1 month of study is all that is needed to pass/do well on this exam.
Excuse any grammatical errors etc (then again I don't care :-)
God speed to you all