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Hello all,

Considering this is my first post, I would like to acknowledge the job this forum is doing; kudos to the forum operators too. I'm from India, have just finished with my final year at med school and am currently in the process of understanding the rather complex path to US residency (using this forum as the most important resource for the same).
Even though I seem to have imbibed most of it, I still have quite a few doubts which I intend to clarify in the next few days before I finally gear up the preparation. Advise from all experts is warm-heartedly welcomed.

So here's my first query -

I very well understand the concept of a "strong CV" as an overall factor in getting selected in any residency. I like to consider 'using' it at 2 point of times :
(i) At the time of "application" (i.e September 1, 2013 in my case) - to maximize chances of being called by residency programs.
(ii) At the time of "interview", after having called - to maximize chances of being selected in the respective program.
What I plan to do is Step 1 + Step 2 ck + Step 2 cs + Observership at the time of "application"; and then finish with Step 3 by the time I get called for interviews. My friends here tell me Step 3 is now being a norm for IMGs and a good score can strengthen my CV.

Q1 - Is it a good idea? Around what time approximately do interview calls usually come assuming I apply on September 1 itself?
Q2 - Should I consider the alternatives like :
--Doing Step 3 before applying and Observership later, but before I get an interview call.
OR-- Pushing my schedule to adjust both Step 3 and Observership before I apply.

I would like to reinforce my point that all I intend is a strong CV at the "right time".

Any others suggestions have all ears. Gratitude in advance!
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Default USCE is more important than Step 3

The most critical time for your chances of being called for an interview is the time you apply (not the time you go for interview).

Therefore, the more "stuffed" is your CV on September the better chances your have.

I personally do not think Step 3 is an important deciding factor. I'd say USCE is far more important than your Step 3.

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Understood, thanks a lot mate; USCE it is then.

I also need to know - Around what time approximately do interview calls usually come assuming I apply on September 1 itself?

I'm thinking on starting to start preparing for Step 3 somewhere around July-August and hoping to get a Step 3 score under my belt before I sit in an interview. I'm assuming I might take an edge over someone who's got a similar CV.

Correct me if I'm wrong. Cheers.
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Default Approximate time required to get the result.

Apologies if I'm bugging already. (Always good to be prepared.)

Question - Approximate/average time it takes to get the result of each of the steps. Please point to me to a thread if relevant.
I've heard the CS scores take substantially more time; is it wise to give CS "before" CK?

Thanks.
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Interviews are usually scheduled any time in October-November-December but it can be as late as January sometimes.

To know when the step scores come out after the exam read this thread
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-...m-results.html

Yes. It's a good idea to take CS earlier as the results for the CS takes considerably longer time than Step 1 and CK.

Yes. You will have an edge over similar CV without Step 3 score but this is only if your step 3 score is high! How about if you score low in Step 3! It's a double edged weapon.

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Understood. Will look forward to your expertise in some other thread as well!
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