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I wanted some input about FCVS for IMGs: should we use it? What are you experiences? Is it worth it? When should we start with everything if so?

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FCVS is a service from FSMB. It's kind a of a place where they collect all your important documents such as USMLE Scores, Medical School Transcripts, Diploma, ...etc

Then when you apply for State License, they can become really handy, as you don't need to send these documents again and again for each State you apply to, just let FCVS send them the documents.

It's needed during your residency, while you are getting ready for State Licensing (after residency), it's not needed before you start residency.

Of note, California and Texas, do not recognized the FCVS, they have their own licensing process.

Also click on the FCVS tag link at the bottom of the thread for more information about it.

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ok so i understand we do not need this fcvs at the time of applying to match! even if we finish with step 3. because i guess we will apply for license only after residency. am i right?
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ok so i understand we do not need this fcvs at the time of applying to match! even if we finish with step 3. because i guess we will apply for license only after residency. am i right?
I guess so, but... how long does it usually take for everything to get through?
I mean, if we got matched (hopefully), how long does it take to get the license and everything?
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You don't need to be in hurry about the FCVS process, you have the entire three years of residency to complete it! Certainly enough time to finish it no matter how long it takes.

Let me repeat it again.

You don't need FCVS until you finish residency because it is for State Licensing and you don't need State Licensing until you have finished your ACGME-accredited residency training and ready to start practicing in USA.

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You don't need to be in hurry about the FCVS process, you have the entire three years of residency to complete it! Certainly enough time to finish it no matter how long it takes.

Let me repeat it again.

You don't need FCVS until you finish residency because it is for State Licensing and you don't need State Licensing until you have finished your ACGME-accredited residency training and ready to start practicing in USA.

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Thank you very much for the clarification.

So, what is it that we need before starting residency?
Don't we need like a temporary license or something?
Some Programs state in their requirements: " must be able to obtain a license in this State" or similar....
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Thank you very much for the clarification.

So, what is it that we need before starting residency?
Don't we need like a temporary license or something?
Some Programs state in their requirements: " must be able to obtain a license in this State" or similar....
That's different. That's called Training Physician License which is not a full license, pretty much any IMG with transcript and diploma and ECFMG can get that easily.

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That's different. That's called Training Physician License which is not a full license, pretty much any IMG with transcript and diploma and ECFMG can get that easily.

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That's great news.
So what's the big deal with Illinois then? I have heard that some Programs don't take older grads there because it's very difficult to get a license there.
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That's great news.
So what's the big deal with Illinois then? I have heard that some Programs don't take older grads there because it's very difficult to get a license there.
No idea about that.

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