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Question Why is there an obsession with Sept 1st in submitting the application?

Hi everyone. This is probably a silly question but why does everyone advise foreign grads to submit their application by 1st week of September? I thought our application is not released to program directors until the beginning of October? Someone please answer my question. Thanks
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Your application is released immediatly but your MSPE is not released until November. Usually reviewing of applications occur on first come first serve basis. Many people who apply later than second week of September will have no or less interviews. This is why we stress on applyin on 1st week or even on first day of September.
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so is it preferable to apply by the first week with or without the certification or better to wait for it? i think due to the delay in the ck rules the earliest id be getting certified (that is supposing i give the exams) on time is last week september, for all practical purposes even october. but i should have my step 1 score by then with my LORs and cs result and all in place...And Ive been reading around a fair bit, it seems the general consensus is to apply for a 100 odd programs atleast (for IM residency)?
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Thanks Applicant Guide. Does this mean that program directors start reading my application even though it's not complete i.e. there's no MSPE? I have the same questions as bandar as well. I did well on the Step 1 and passed the CS, but I'm going to be waiting for my Step 2CK result until the end of September. I am a US Citizen and I have good LORs from US doctors at distinguished universities. I'm interested in doing Internal Medicine or Family Medicine. I feel like my application would be stronger if I have my Step 2CK score particularly if it's a good score and ECFMG certification, but that won't be complete until early October. I don't want to waste a year waiting for the next match just because my score is going to be released later. Is it still possible to match if I apply in early October?
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DON'T wait for your CK result ..........OR ............Don't apply. You will be wasting your money if you delayed your application maybe more than september 10-14. DO APPLY ON SEPTEMBER 1ST whatever creds you already have. Later when your scores kicks in, eras will update PDs about your scores and so it will get another review.

Usually most program directors will review your application even if you have only Step 1 score especially if it was an excellent one.
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hey, thanks for the reply. been reading through some of your other stuff too man, great! I think I'm going to get my score and then just apply...what have i got to lose besides some money? (i hate saying that!) and then as you said, perhaps when i get my ck and itll get updated ill stand another chance? applicantguide, you're gonna get a lot more traffic from me in the near future!

this websites has truely be an invaluable discovery, right from the moderators to all its members!!!
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