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Default Match and ECFMG certification question

Hello all!

So i'm applying for match this year but had a few questions that could possibly be answered here. Im an IMG from a Caribbean school, I recently graduated in June of this year. I haven't received my diploma yet which is required for ECFMG certification. I'm hoping my diploma will come end of this month.

When i researched programs, about half of them said on their website that for IMGs they required ECFMG Certification by the time of applying. I emailed several of them and called them several of them too but didn't get a response. I know sometimes they mean "ECFMG Certification by the time of Ranking or by the time of starting residency" instead of "by time of applying."

If you are still a IMG Student then I guess you can apply to all programs bc they will see that you are still student but will be ECFMG certified by the time of rank or by start of residency. Since I just recently graduated, I will be considered a full pledged IMG and not a student anymore, so maybe this Certification criteria will be used against me.

Right now, when ERAS begins to work again, I will apply to programs that didn't mention the "ECFMG by time of applying" criteria, but I still have so many more programs to apply to.

If I did receive my Diploma by end of the this month, then I still would not be ECFMG Certified till end of October at the earliest. I would like to apply to all programs right now but then I don;t want to be filtered out because of this criteria and I would lose all the money I spent bc of this. But then, I don't want to apply end of October either bc then it might be too late to apply and interview seats could be filled up.

Should I just apply to the ones I have right now without this criteria and then apply again to the programs that require this criteria after I receive certification later on, like end of october or early november?

Or

Should I just go all in right now and apply to all programs and hope that I don't get filtered out by some of these programs?

Anybody have any suggestions as to what I should do?
Any input would be well appreciated. Thank You!!
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Hello,
You are not alone in this issue, i have the same problem, i have emailed and called programs aswell inquiring about issue.

Some did mention the fact that they require certification at the time of application some said it's ok to be in a processing status.
ECFMG sends your status to ERAS post office those programs that require certification will filter you out.

As you mentioned, best thing will be apply to those that grant you the possibility or are without info, the ones that are not sure just apply.

for those who require certification just wait till you are certified i know it's pain in the ass but some programs dont even start downloading applications by 1st of October and their dead line is 1st of November so if you are a good applicant i dont really think they care if they reviewed your document on by 15th of September or 15th of October.

To make things happen fast, open a courier account, give ECFMG your number and they can send documents faster to your university, provide your university with the same number when they send the documents back.
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Hello,
You are not alone in this issue, i have the same problem, i have emailed and called programs aswell inquiring about issue.

Some did mention the fact that they require certification at the time of application some said it's ok to be in a processing status.
ECFMG sends your status to ERAS post office those programs that require certification will filter you out.

As you mentioned, best thing will be apply to those that grant you the possibility or are without info, the ones that are not sure just apply.

for those who require certification just wait till you are certified i know it's pain in the ass but some programs dont even start downloading applications by 1st of October and their dead line is 1st of November so if you are a good applicant i dont really think they care if they reviewed your document on by 15th of September or 15th of October.

To make things happen fast, open a courier account, give ECFMG your number and they can send documents faster to your university, provide your university with the same number when they send the documents back.
so I may not receive ECFMG certification till end of october, thats if I get my diploma by end of this month. do you think i should still apply that late?
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