We would like you to compare our product to Archer CCS. First Archer CCS does not have a real time simulator. They have videos which go through high yield cases. They also have some courses which teach you Strategies which is considered a workshop. The difference between Archer CCS and our product is that instead of lecturing you on how to do something, our product lets you actually practice and do a case and then give you feedback.
More effective teaching than Archer CCS
This strategy is way more effective at teaching for the CCS test than to just explain how to do something. Again, going over the cases and reviewing what was done right and what was done wrong is the best way to study for the CCS Cases portion of the test. Lets give an analogy of teaching a person how to swim. You can discuss how it’s important to hold your breath and teach some basic swimming strokes. The fact of the matter is that person will never learn how to swim no matter how many times you lecture him on the strategies of swimming unless that person goes into the water and attempts to swim.
Likewise, the same is true about the ccs portion of the test. You have to learn how to master the CCS portion of the test by doing live cases (i.e. swimming) instead of being lectured on the strategies on what should be done. You can practice with a program that is near identical to the real test. Strategies will be taught and proper ordering practices. This is all done at the end of the case going over strengths and weaknesses and strategies for mastering that particular case. Go ahead and actually learn to swim instead of being lectured on how to swim by doing real cases and learn to master it by doing rather than watching. Download our trial version here.
We have a couple CCS Videos here at CCSCases.com. The first video can be found here. This video goes over how to use the CCSCases program with ordering labs and treatments and how the grading system works. This video will go through a typical case that you might see on the real test day. You will notice that it looks very similar to the real program. This is because we do not want there to be any surprises on test day. If you decide to use our product, you will be very familiar with the software on test day. Give it a try! See the link at the bottom.
The next video found here. This video shows you how to install and Register CCSCases on a PC. It is fairly straightforward. The other CCS Video that we have is located here. This video shows you how to install and register CCSCases on a Mac.
There are other companies that have CCS Videos on YouTube that you can watch. This can be helpful in the beginning, but you are really not going to get the level of experience that you will need to complete a case on test day by just watching CCS Videos. You really need to practice different types of cases: Internal medicine cases, Pediatric cases, Ob/Gyn cases, and emergency cases, so that you will be well prepared to tackle any type of case that you see on test day.
We recommend that you download our trial version and test it out for yourself. Don’t just trust us. You can download the trial version and try out 2 free cases which are fully functional to see what you are buying before you buy the product. Give it a try. Check out the trial version download page here.
How much of your total step 3 score comes from the CCS portion of the test?
The answer is that the USMLE does not give a clean cut answer. However, the general consensus is that the CCS portion is worth from 25-30% of your total step 3 grade. This is a very significant portion of your grade, so you should not neglect the CCS portion of the USMLE Step 3. There are 13 CCS cases that you will have to complete on test day. Each case is worth between 2% -2.5% of your total grade. Thus, it is important to understand the CCS portion of the test, what to order, how to order, how to navigate the software, and how to diagnose, treat, and solve cases.
At ccscases.com, we have a solution to help your studies. Instead of reading on how to solve cases and attempting to memorize and hoping that you will remember how to solve cases on test day, we have actual software that mimics that real test, so that you will learn “muscle memory” so that diagnosing, treating, and offering preventative care will be second nature to you on test day. This is something that other companies cannot offer. Each case also comes with a personalize grade based on your orders and responses, so you will get personalized feedback on what you should have done and should do next time to get a better score. This is much more helpful than a long paragraph about what to do to treat hepatitis. Using our program will help your total step 3 score through improving you CCS score worth 25-30%.
Try our product our before you decide to purchase. Click here to download and try 2 free cases.
Are you looking for some Step 3 CCS Tips? Well, with our program, you will receive thousands for Step 3 CCS tips because each case will give you tips for managing the patient correctly. It will go through diagnostic orders, preventative medicine orders, treatment orders, and good bedside manner. All these combine for the best Step 3 CCS tips out there because it will go order-by-order in the feedback section at the end of each case.
What is different about your Step 3 CCS Tips?
The difference is that other websites and companies will give you generalities for their step 3 ccs tips. CCSCases.com is different in the sense that it will give you specifics such as this was the diagnostic order that should have been ordered and this was the treatment that should have been administered. This makes the advice and feedback much more valuable, so you can learn what specifically should be done in each case and not just in generalities.
So….what does that mean for you? It means specific advise is better than general advise. For example, if you are buying a specific house and you call up on a radio show and ask if you should buy a house, you will likely get advise like “well, make sure the house gets a home inspection and make sure the price is comparable to other houses around the neighborhood.” This is good advice, but the better advice would be someone who is familiar with the neighborhood and the specific house, “It’s a great house. You should buy it because of x, y, and z.”
This analogy is the same for ccscases.com. We have the 100 most common cases tested, and we know how to specifically prepare you for each and every one of them. We ask that you try out our program for the PC or the Mac by going to our download page here.
Are you studying for step 3 or looking for a program to help you study for step 3? While it’s important to learn the clinical content and facts of step 3, it could be very detrimental to your step 3 score if you are not familiar and prepared to take the CCS portion of the step 3 test. Did you know that the CCS portion of the test is worth 25% of your entire grade? That is 3% per case. The CCS portion can determine whether you pass or fail. It’s important that you are prepared. We recommend to all that are studying for step 3 to take a look at our interactive case simulator. You will not be learning from a book, but from software that will teach you and familiarize you with the actual software that you will be using on the real test day. This way, when the real test day arrives, you will be very familiar with the software including how to navigate the software, how to order, what to order, the sequencing of the orders, what’s important for diagnosis, what is important for treatment, and what is important for preventative care.
To those who are studying for step 3, why don’t you give our software a try. You can download a free version for 2 full cases that can show you how it works. The best thing that we can tell students that are studying for step 3 is that it gives you feedback on the orders on things that you did and what things you could improve on. It also gives you a final score when you complete the case. The final grading will give you feedback on the physical exam, the diagnostic orders, the treatment, and any preventative care.
You can download our free trial here.
Have you failed step 3?
We understand that for students who have failed step 3 that this can be devastating. Many students report that the reason they failed step 3 is due to the CCS Case portion of the test. They were unfamiliar with the testing environment, unfamiliar with what to order, unfamiliar with what the cases were looking far.
Being unfamiliar with the software can lead to telling your friends and family that you failed step 3
Being familiar with the CCS software is essential to avoid failing step 3. Our software is almost identical to the real test, so you develop valuable experience using our software that you can’t get from reading a book about step 3. Actually practicing is the only way to get better and to avoid telling your friends and family that you failed step 3.
Our software lets you practice with 100 cases, and there is no monthly fee, so you can take as long as you need to become familiar with the software, and the most commonly seen cases. We only select the cases that have a high probability of being seen on the real test day.
We would highly recommend going to our download page located here and trialing 2 free cases which is fully functional. All the functions and features are available for this, so you can test what you are really purchasing. We have confidence that you will find that our software is better than our competitors and has a better value than our competitors who charge in our opinion excessive amounts for a monthly fee. We feel that a one-time fee is a more fair rate to our customers. We also have interactive grading which our competitors do not. It actually tells you what you did right and what you did wrong.
The NBME Step 3 or the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is the organization that issues the NBME Step 3 exam. The NBME Step 3 has many resources on their website. Click the on the NBME Step 3 link to see what they have to offer.
NBME Step 3
The NBME Step 3 site does not have the software preparation material for the USMLE step 3 since the NBME Step 3 site mainly focuses on the other exams. However, if you go over to the USMLE.ORG website, it does have links to download the Primum Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) (Windows only). If you have a Mac, then you cannot run this software.
Alternative to Primum Computer-based Case Simulations
As a good alternative to the Primum Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) cases it to download our software located here, and you can test out 2 free cases and you can buy the other 98 cases for a one time fee (no monthly fees like our competitors). You can buy early and study at your own pace. No more rushing to get cases done because your monthly subscription is about to expire. You can study at your own pace.
The difference between the Primum Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) and our software is that we offer 100 cases to practice and the Primum CCS cases offers 5 cases to practice. Also, the Primum CCS cases does not offer interactive feedback. They give you a pdf to look at, and you have to judge and guess if you did according to what the pdf says. In our program, you do not have to guess. It will show you which things that were done correctly and which things were done incorrectly. You can go to the downloads page and try out our program whether it be on a Mac or a PC. Try it out for free.
The long awaited new version is now ready: Version 3.1.1. We’ve been working on these changes for a long time. It has taken a lot of work, so we hope you enjoy them. Here is a brief list of what is new in the new version:
- GUI improvements
a. More visually appealing
b. Ability to increase font size (just like the real test)
c. Ability to go into “night mode.” (just like the real test)
d. Some other misc modifications
- New Simulate Network Lag Option. We got some interesting criticism from some customers. They were saying that our program was too fast! The concern was that the real program is a lot slower, and so they would get used to things working too fast and then struggle with time on the real-test day. We try to make clean code which makes the program work effectively. However, we have added a feature to slow down the program. I think it’s quite annoying, but all those who want a slower experience, enjoy!
- Added Sequencing to grading. This was a big request by customers. Since sequencing is graded in the real test, our customers wanted this feature added. We have obliged. Now if you order things out of sequence (if you order preventative care first or do the physical exam last, then you will lose points).
- Added Location grading. This was also a request by customers. The ability to grade if the patient was put into the correct location (ED, inpatient, ICU, etc).
- Misc Bug fixes
- A lot of “back-end” work to make the program better. You can’t see these changes, but it still took a long time to do.
- Two dozen small changes not really worth mentioning.
We still have more things that we will be adding in the upcoming months. Just to remind everyone that updates are free to those who have already purchased their program. You simply uninstall the old version and reinstall the new version. You will not need to register again. Your case grading information will still be saved and available for review even after you uninstall.