Dr. David Delnegro MST USMLE Tutor
Some great points here! Residency invariably has harder and easier rotations. Talk to your upperclassmen and see when they found time to study and to take it.
For example, during my emergency medicine intern year I found a bunch of time during anesthesia to knock out studying and at the end just took the exam.
Ditto for not doing back to back. If you passed Step 1 and 2 comfortably (and I mean comfortably as in distance from 192, not “I only got a 235”) then you can do a Friday Monday or something similar to give your brain a rest. If you were borderline passing, then you may actually need to spread the days out a little further in order to study for CCS and Day 2 material.