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    doctor_doctor is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Can anybody lend a kind word of advice?

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    here's my story.....

    i'm US citizen, step 1-87, waiting for CS results, probably sit step 2CK om October or November.......aiming for IM or FM....

    what do u guys think of the following scenarios;

    1 - apply to match with only step 1 and CS on September 1......

    2- apply to ONLY a few (i.e. 10) positions in FM as that's probably the only chance i have of getting an interview without CK......

    3 - forget about match and don't apply and just hope for post-match........(in that case, i heard something to the effect of me applying to ERAS or NRMP so I can apply for scrammble)

    thanks all for listening and advice is greatly appreciated!

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    In short...not having step 2 may preclude you from getting a few interviews, but I would not let that keep you from applying. I would apply to all the programs you believe you have an interest in. You have a good step 1 score and you will get interviews. My caution to you would be to get the step 2 CS out of the way early. The lead time for scores is long and you must have all step scores (1, 2 CK and CS) in by the beginning of January at the latest. If you dont, no program will rank you and if not in by February 22nd, you will be withdrawn by the match itself. Bottomline....go with your step 1 score and rock the interviews...All will be fine...good luck

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    doctor_doctor is offline Newbie 510 points
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    thanks alot mystic......i already did CS and am awaiting my result.....i'll guess i'll apply and see what happens.....take care!

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    But, how are you going to apply without ECFMG certification? Do you mean you contact the program directly, tell them your ECFMG certificate will be ready on time and ask them to review your documents to decide if they're going to give you a chance for interview?
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_doctor
    thanks alot mystic......i already did CS and am awaiting my result.....i'll guess i'll apply and see what happens.....take care!

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    The ECFMG certificate is generally only necessary to have just prior to beginning your residency. Meaning you have to graduate and get your cert before the July 1 program start date. This is common and happens with virtually all in cycle graduates. The cert will be issued once you have passed steps 1, 2 CK and CS, completed your clinicals, and had your transcript and diploma validated by the ECFMG. This process took me about 2 weeks...so dont sweat the small stuff....Programs are aware you are in the middle of doing clinicals and have not officially graduated at the time you apply for residency and therefore realize there is no way for you to have an ECFMG certificate at the time of interview. It is however necessary to actually begin your residency...good luck
    Last edited by Mystic; 07-25-2006 at 05:51 AM.

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    bbsqqd is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Thank you very much!
    bbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic
    The ECFMG certificate is generally only necessary to have just prior to beginning your residency. Meaning you have to graduate and get your cert before the July 1 program start date. This is common and happens with virtually all in cycle graduates. The cert will be issued once you have passed steps 1, 2 CK and CS, completed your clinicals, and had your transcript and diploma validated by the ECFMG. This process took me about 2 weeks...so dont sweat the small stuff....Programs are aware you are in the middle of doing clinicals and have not officially graduated at the time you apply for residency and therefore realize there is no way for you to have an ECFMG certificate at the time of interview. It is however necessary to actually begin your residency...good luck

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