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    Hey all,

    I was wondering if someone would be able to give me the timeline for when to write the USMLE exams and the Canadian exams as well while in medical school, it would be much appreciated.

    Also, for the Canadian exams......are they more concerned with pass/fail, or are the actual raw grades important?

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    ~~ryan

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    This is a sample timeline for a CANADIAN.


    1) Finish two years on the island
    2) Pass USMLE Step 1
    3) Pass TOEFL
    4) Finish third year clinicals
    5) Pass USMLE Step 2
    6) Pass CSA
    7) Set up and complete fourth year
    8 Get MD Diploma
    9) Get ECFMG Certificate
    10) Pass USMLE Step 3
    11) Match to a Residency
    12) Get State Training License
    13) Get H-1B Visa
    14) Get SSN
    15) Complete hospital requirements
    16) Start Residency



    I have no idea why you would want to waste time and money to write those Canadian exams, but if you did I guess you would take them around the same time as you take the U.S. ones.

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    Timeline

    The above schedule is pretty reasonable. I've also covered some of this in one of the other threads. I would recommend taking Step 2 and either MCCEE or MCCQE(I) around the same time, since the content is quite similar. The Canadian exams are harder though, because in general you aren't given as much info to answer the questions. I have no idea if the actual score matters or not, although I suppose if you do well you look better than FMG's with average scores. I don't even really know what selection criteria the program directors use to evaluate FMG's; perhaps you should call/email a few to try to find out.

    I would suggest at least taking the EE, just in case you decide to (or have to) go for a J1. But you probably don't have to bother taking the QE before you get a spot. I think in most provinces you can just take it once you've started residency. Although you may wanna check the links on the MCC site just in case there's somewhere specific you plan on going. Good luck!
    Stephen Sloan, M.D.
    PGY2 Internal Medicine
    John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (the NEW Cook County Hospital)

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