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Default IMG w/ 20-yr old USMLE Certification

Hi everyone! I am a really old IMG who graduated in 1992. Practiced as a general pediatrician for 14 years in my country before our family received our green cards in 2012.

I took my Step 1 in June 1995 and Step 2 CK in Aug 1995 and received my ECFMG Certificate in October 1995 - which was later stamped as "Valid Indefinitely." Note that during our time, there was no Step 2 CS yet, and an applicant received his/her ECFMG Certificate after successfully passing Steps 1, Step 2 and an English Exam.

Long story short, I didn't push through with my residency application here in the US for some personal reasons. Fast forward 2012, my family received our green cards and I now intend to apply into residency. I was willing to start from scratch and re-take all the steps as it has been 20 years since I took Steps 1&2 and in order to up my chances of getting into a program (my husband is already a PGY3).

During our time, I remember that we could re-take the exam if we got a low score and wanted to give it another try, w/ the new score replacing the previous one; the risk in this was if the applicant got a lower score or failed the second time bec the new score automatically replaced the old one.

I called ECFMG yesterday and the lady told me I could no longer re-take the exams. I also tried to register in the ECFMG IWA using my old USMLE# but it seemed their system didn't recognize it.

If I can no longer re-take Steps 1&2 CK, can I now apply for Step 2 CS and eventually, Step 3? I just want to make sure I don't waste time and money on something futile, as I will be sacrificing so much in the process.

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
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