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    Graduate or not?

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    I missed the cutoff to apply for match this year, but I can still graduate in May. Would it be better to graduate in May or postpone graduation until next year? Anyone have any thoughts about this?

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    Delay. Pad resume with research.

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    What would be the disadvantages of graduating in May and then applying for next year?

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    time since ecfmg and time since graduation are determining factors on how attractive you look to programs. info from recent nrmp stats

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    Most match applicants have not graduated and have not received their ecfmg certification when they apply. Would it look better to have those done already when I apply this year?

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    Yes absolutely. Especially in a situation if you are not an american citizen, as ecfmg is required for any visa.
    If you are applying this year have those done. If not wait for awhile and pad your CV as stated above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverfox View Post
    Most match applicants have not graduated and have not received their ecfmg certification when they apply. Would it look better to have those done already when I apply this year?
    Being from a lesser known school in the Caribbean, wouldn't you want to do anything in your power to have the upper hand at matching???

    Sure, US MD seniors can get away with that most of the time. We can't take that risk.

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    What would be the benefits of not graduating? I can't fathom a reason why one would choose to delay their graduation.

    Also, programs vary in their requirements. Some require ECFMG certification by start day, some require it by rank day, and some require it by the date you apply. To be ECFMG certified, you need your diploma, to get your diploma you need to be graduated. The entire process can take upwards of 3-6 months. As long as you didn't obtain certification greater than 5 years ago, most programs don't care when it's done.

    Also, you can do research after graduation. There is a spot to put any research you've partaken in on your ERAS application.


    Bottom line, unless you have one heck of a reason, GET IT DONE and be done with Windsor and the boneheads in the Monee office.
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    he may be juicing, but swoll has a point

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    Monee is the worst. The hens there hate answering phones and when they do, prepare to be thrown around like a hot potato.

    For those of you trying to get registered for the Step and all that paperwork done, this part of the semester is the best time to do it because they literally have nothing else to do and it can be processed within 10 days. Which is better than the almost-one-month they slapped me with and 1.5 months they slapped my classmates with last November.

    Just because you register, doesn't mean you pick your Step date. Just get the paperwork rolling and if you plan on taking it between April and August, you should have all the paperwork in and be able to choose that three month gap to choose a test date.

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