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Old 05-22-2016
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Default US Match dilemma

Hey guys, I知 in a bit of a dilemma with regards to applying to the US residency match.

I am a Canadian IMG that graduated in the past month from a reputable medical school in Ireland. However, I have no clinical/research experience in the states, but I have done 1 family med and 1 surgery elective in Canada. I have not yet written Step 1, Step 2 CK or CS. I知 wondering if I can realistically apply to the 2017 US match for family medicine.

At this point, I have come up with a couple of potential routes:
1. Step 2 CK on June 20, Step 1 on August 18 (Marks should be out in time for ERAS, right?), and CS sometime in October (earliest date I could find). Due to the limited study time, I知 not confident I値l do that well.
2. Step 1 on August 18, Step 2 CK in October, and CS shortly there after. With this option, I should score higher on both exams.
Which of the following timelines would give me the best shot of successfully matching?

Additionally, it appears that most places require IMGs to be ECFMG certified (Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS completed and marks processed), but is this an absolute necessity? Could I apply with just a Step 1 score?

Or should I take the year to gain some clinical/research experience in the states (for local LoRs), and apply to the 2018 match? However, at this point, I値l have been out of medical school for 2 years. How adversely would this affect my chances of matching?

Thanks for reading and I hope to get some advice!
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the best plan for you is the one you feel most confortable with - make sure to pass all the Steps at first attempt ! As IMGs we should try to score at least 220 - if not 240 - at both Step 1 & 2 CK.

Are you registered with ECFMG ? Have you started applying for a Step exam ? If not just know it can take quite a while before they issue you with your first permit. You need to open an account online, have your medical diploma and final school transcript verified. ECFMG lost some documents I had send them and when it happens you lose weeks if not months as they process everything slowly.

Starting a residency program in July 17 means matching in March 17. You MUST BE ECFMG CERTIFIED if you want to participate in the Match. Being ECFMG certified means passing step 1, step 2 CK & CS and giving ECFMG enough time to provide you with the certificate - they recommend passing all the Steps before Dec 31st 2016.

Long story short: you can set any plan you feel confortable with, just remember that you depend on ECFMG. This message only reflects my experience with them and I understand others on that forum may have had a better experience than me.

At least plan things way in advance and apply now ! If it does not work for 2017 it will be less stressful for you for 2018.

I have just started looking into USCE myself and can not comment on it.
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