Pricing Change for Desktop Version

We have not had any price increase of our program since 2017. Due to increased costs of servers, maintenance of the program, labor, and inflation, we have deemed necessary to increase our price modestly by $5. We dropped the ending in “99” because it’s become an outdated system, so we made it a round $75.00. We continue to try to keep our prices reasonable for our customers, but after 3.5 years, it had become necessary to modestly increase the price to continue development to give the best product out there for studying for the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases.

Changes to Support Policy

Effective immediately, we have decided to change our policy regarding support. We did not think this would be a problem, but it has become an issue. We are getting customers from two and even three years from the time of purchase asking for support for the program. The typical time between starting studying for step 3 and taking the step 3 test is typically 6 months. The number of people asking for support for the product even after 2 years has been increasing. After some investigation into this matter, we have concluded that the majority of this is due to abuse of our policy. We have decided to no longer offer any support for the program after 2 years from the date of purchase. If the customer’s computer is still functioning, the program will work correctly for the life of the computer even after 2 years, but we will no longer support any purchases after a 2 year period. We feel that this is a more than generous time period.

This post if for those who have purchased the program prior to Jan 1, 2021. For those who have purchased the desktop version of the program Jan 1, 2021 and after, will have support for the program for 1 year. The program will continue to work on the original computer installed after the 1 year period. If there were any one-time transfers during the one year period, the program would expire after a year from the time of purchase.

End of No Expiration Policy for Desktop Versions (But We Have Kept the Spirit of it!)

Unfortunately, due to fragrant abuse of our no expiration policy and due to people misunderstanding what was meant by no expiration, we have decided to end our no expiration policy. We are going to keep the original spirit of what was intended of our no expiration policy. The purpose was to allow ONE user to use the program until their test. Period. There has been confusion with our no expiration policy for one computer. There are many people who misinterpret to mean that they have a “lifetime membership” which means they can install on unlimited devices and share with as many people as they wish. They become upset when we explain that this is licensed per computer. This method of licensing has been around much longer than subscription, but it has caused confusion for some. To be more transparent, we will move into the now more familiar subscription model.

Now to the Spirit of the law: If you purchase the desktop version and install it on a computer, we will not deactivate it. You can continue to use the program on the original computer after the 1 year mark. This means you could use it on the original computer that you installed on for multiple years if need be. This was the original purpose of this policy.

However, if for whatever reason, bad luck or no, something happens to the original computer and a one-time transfer is required, then the newly transferred computer will expire after 1 year from the time of purchase. We will not be making exception to this policy. Essentially, we will not be supporting desktop computers after 1 year of purchase.

We apologize if we have been forced to “tighten the belt” if you will. It has become necessary due to frank abuse which has been disappointing. We have made adjustments to try to decrease the abuse and still give our customers enough leeway to study until their test.

Release of Version 4.9.9

Release of Version 4.9.9

In anticipation of the release of our upcoming online version, we have updated our desktop version. We have made a number of minor fixes. We have also added 4 new cases to bring the total up to 105 cases. Most of our energy was being put toward creating the new online version, so now that this is complete, we can now dedicate more time into bringing even more cases to you. We should have some more coming in the next few months.

To update, please go to our download page here. Download the latest version and uninstall the old version and install the newer version. You should not need to reactivate/re-register when you update versions.

Exciting Announcement: New Online Version in Beta Testing!

Exciting Announcement: New Online Version in Beta Testing!

Exciting Announcement: New Online Version in Beta Testing!

Over the years, we have had many customers express their desire to have CCSCases.com available on a more wide array of devices. We have been working hard over the last six months and are pleased to announce our new online version, now in beta-testing. This will be part of a subscription model, and the user will be able to use the program on pretty much most modern devices. It will work on chrome books, iPads (iOS 11+), iPhones (iOS 11+), Android phones/devices, Linux, Windows, Mac computers. Pretty much any device with a modern browser. Browsers that have been tested that work well are Chrome, Safari, Edge, Firefox. 

We have done extensive testing, and the program should work well, but we would like to do a couple months of beta-testing (pre-release testing) with our customers who would like to participate. Those who are eligible to participate, you can e-mail us at info@ccscases.com, and we can set you up with an account. 

Eligible customers to participate in the beta-testing (free):

1. Recent customer within the last 3 months
2. Has a home internet (not business) to test. The beta version will be limited to test on their home internet ip address.
3. Willing to give us feedback and report if they come across any issues.
4. Customer located in the United States.

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Release of Version 4.9.8

Release of Version 4.9.8

This is a minor update. We fixed a minor issue.

To update, please go to our download page here. Download the latest version and uninstall the old version and install the newer version. You should not need to reactivate/re-register when you update versions.

Release of Version 4.9.7

Release of Version 4.9.7

We released 4.9.6 about 5 days ago, but an astute customer pointed out that a certain order/combination caused certain cases to end early. We have identified and fixed the problem which is now fixed on the new version 4.9.7. This issue only affected customers with version 4.9.6. We recommend that all users with 4.9.6 update their version to 4.9.7 to avoid this issue. 

To update, please go to our download page here. Download the latest version and uninstall the old version and install the newer version. You should not need to reactivate/re-register when you update versions. 

Thank you for your patience. 

Release of Version 4.9.6

Release of Version 4.9.6

We have released a new version: version 4.9.6. We have cleaned up some things in this version — minor changes but too numerous to list. We have cleaned up some formatting issues and tidied up some cases. All minor changes.

Future plans: We have been working a new release of the program for the last 4-6 months that will likely replace all versions. Details to come. We are currently beta testing. This will bring features that our customers have been asking for including mobile and iPad capabilities. 

We are also planning on adding new cases. Each case takes a lot of planning and time, but we will add them over time.

If you would like to try out our program, you can try 2 free cases located here

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Why Does Your Program Have Health Maintenance as Part of the Grading System?

Why Does Your Program Have Health Maintenance as Part of the Grading System?

Why Does Your Program Have Health Maintenance as Part of the Grading System

A frequent question that we get is why we include health maintenance as part of our grading system? Examples include: counseling (smoking cessation, safe sex, medication compliance), screening (pap smears, colonoscopy screenings), vaccines.

 

We get the “No one else is doing this, so you must be doing it wrong.” We have received other criticism saying that we “overly-emphasize” this topic. Just because we include this does not mean that we emphasize this to be extremely important. On our grading system, typically this would account for a very small portion of the grading for the case (like 5% of the total grade). Could you do fine on the test without doing these things? Yes. You would be fine. The most important is the physical exam, diagnostic labs, and treatment. Does the USMLE include this as part of grading on the USMLE Step 3 CCS portion of the test? Yes, see below.

Why do we include this? Because the USMLE says that it should be addressed. From the USMLE in what is graded on the CCS portion under the “What are my responsibilities? heading” : “Addressing health maintenance issues. Note: The nature of each case dictates whether or not health maintenance issues are relevant within the simulated time frame.” Health maintenance issues is defined by the USMLE as: “common screening tests for conditions amenable to prevention or detection in an asymptomatic patient or population and selection of appropriate preventive agent or technique (eg. contraception, vaccines, vitamins).” This also includes: “Education of patients on screening, health maintenance, self care.”

So, we feel that it is important to include as you may pick up some extra points on the cases which could have a small but meaningful impact on your final score.

Having said this, we know that this is a small portion of your grade. If you are in crunch time and have limited time to study. The most high yield would be to study the diagnosis tests and treatment with the most cases as you can. The health maintenance would be the cherry on top. The most bang for your buck would be with the “meat” of the CCS Portion which is to diagnose and treat. You can view all of the this on the USMLE website located here

If you would like to try out our program, you can try 2 free cases located here

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Tips for the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases

Tips for the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases

Tips for the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases

At ccscases.com, we have thousands of tips for the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases portion of the test. Our program has 101 cases of the most commonly seen cases which goes through all of the tips to do well on test day. This includes appropriate diagnostic orders, appropriate treatment, timing tips, tips on where to move the patient, and tips on preventative care and bedside manner things to do to maximize your score on the CCS portion of the test.

You will also receive tips on differential diagnosis and a case summary. You will also receive tips on whether certain orders were appropriate or too invasive for the case as well as receiving tips for appropriate sequencing in the case.

All of these things are included in the grading section when you have completed the test, so you get feedback on the things that you did well and things that you could do in the future to improve your score.This includes all the tips that you will need to do well on test day. With our case simulation program, you can do each case as many times as you would like.

There is no limit. You will receive feedback after each attempt on a particular case, so that you can monitor your progress. The program also offers tips on ways to practice in case there is a lag or slow-down on the real test day. You can practice doing cases with different time limits or no time limit at all if that is your preference. So, in summary there are many tips on the USMLE Step 3 CCS Cases that will help you out on test day, so we recommend that you try our program out for free.

You can try out our program before you decide to purchase. You can download the trial version here.

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