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Unhappy ERAS Doors open soon, Not yet ECFMG certified!

After having done everything I could to become ECFMG certified before Sep 1st, I think it won't happen. They have my credentials verification since Aug 9, but they're too slow to process it. Now should I go over the programs I've chosen and remove those that require ECFMG certification (according to matcharesident) or should I just say that I'm certified? I have passed Step 1, 2 CK, and CS.

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what was your last score report date ??
mine was in the 17th of Aug. , and just like you certificate still not issued but every one keep saying "dont worry it will be soon "
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what was your last score report date ??
mine was in the 17th of Aug. , and just like you certificate still not issued but every one keep saying "dont worry it will be soon "
Mine was on Aug 17 too, but the problem is that my credentials are not verified yet. If yours are verified, your ECFMG should've been issued, because it's done automatically once you pass Step 1, CK, and CS, and get your credentials verified.

When is 'soon'?! If you're applying in the coming match, we should apply on Sep 1st ideally. So there's almost no time left.
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My last score report was on Aug 17 and my credentials are verified already, but my certificate is still not issued.. everyone else seems to have received it and its making me worried.
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Is it OK if we mention in ERAS that we are certified and choose September as the month of issuance? We are technically certified. It's the slowness of the ECFMG that's delaying us. It's not our fault. If we apply in the match without being certified, we will be discarded by many programs
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i have just got an email from FeDex notify that the ECFMG sent me something ,, this should be the certificate ,, right ??
experts we need your help guys
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i have just got an email from FeDex notify that the ECFMG sent me something ,, this should be the certificate ,, right ??
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ECFMG sends nothing out to applicants but the certificates! So congratulations!
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Is it OK if we mention in ERAS that we are certified and choose September as the month of issuance?
You can do that if you are 100% sure that your credentials will be verified by the first week of September.

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You can do that if you are 100% sure that your credentials will be verified by the first week of September.

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Do the programs have any means of knowing my ECFMG status, whether I'm certified or not? I mean do they get a report from ECFMG saying so or do they ask ECFMG specifically about that?
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Do the programs have any means of knowing my ECFMG status, whether I'm certified or not? I mean do they get a report from ECFMG saying so or do they ask ECFMG specifically about that?
I don't think your ECFMG status gets updated into ERAS automatically and therefore, they don't see your actual status.
The only way they know that is via NRMP, later on, at the time of ROL.

However, giving an incorrect date of issue, may later on put you in trouble with them.

For example, if you say that your certificate was issued on September and then it was not issued until November so then if you go into an interview during October and they ask you for the certificate it would be quite embarrassing.

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So when is the Date of issuance? will it be the day after my last requirement is achieved? I passed the 3 exams and got my credentials verified on Aug 22 but still no certificate. If I am to take that risk and apply as certified what's the date I should put?

Another thing, I am trying to apply for Step 3 2011 cycle, Can I apply already? i am 'technically' certified!
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So when is the Date of issuance? will it be the day after my last requirement is achieved? I passed the 3 exams and got my credentials verified on Aug 22 but still no certificate. If I am to take that risk and apply as certified what's the date I should put?

Another thing, I am trying to apply for Step 3 2011 cycle, Can I apply already? i am 'technically' certified!
Usually it takes maximum of three weeks after you meet all the requirements. So if you were to take the risk, say September.

You cannot apply to Step 3 until you are officially certified because they check with ECFMG.

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hey STEP TAKER ,one question i have which though u have discussed here in this thread ....
i am expecting my ecfmg certificate by 4th or 5th sept. so what will be a better option :
1)- to apply on 5 th or 6th sept when it comes thru OR
2) to apply on the 1st sept. and mention that I am ecfmg certified and take the risk ?
Will it make a world of a difference if I end up applying on the 6th Sept.
I know noone can have a concrete answer to this, but in ur experience , which option shud I go with ..
My med school credentials have been verified and I have the results of step1,step2CS and CK in hand , the last one I got on this 24th august.
Thanks in advance.
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So when is the Date of issuance? will it be the day after my last requirement is achieved? I passed the 3 exams and got my credentials verified on Aug 22 but still no certificate. If I am to take that risk and apply as certified what's the date I should put?

Another thing, I am trying to apply for Step 3 2011 cycle, Can I apply already? i am 'technically' certified!
Did you check your ECFMG > OASIS > Medical Education Credentials? Is there any information under "Standard ECFMG Certificate Information"?
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Did you check your ECFMG > OASIS > Medical Education Credentials? Is there any information under "Standard ECFMG Certificate Information"?
Yes I check daily ... nada
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Yes I check daily ... nada
I think since your credentials are verified recently, your ECFMG certificate issue date can't be later than September. I think it's safe enough for you to mention that you're certified and choose the month as September.

My credentials have finally been verified today, and I'm choosing yes to that question, and I'll choose September as the month of issue.
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I think since your credentials are verified recently, your ECFMG certificate issue date can't be later than September. I think it's safe enough for you to mention that you're certified and choose the month as September.

My credentials have finally been verified today, and I'm choosing yes to that question, and I'll choose September as the month of issue.
The thing is I asked a couple of my friends who have been already certified and they said that the date that appeared on OASIS was the day immediately after the day they completed the certificate requirements! for example, one said his credentials were verified July 27 and after two weeks OASIS status changed to certified and the date on issuance was July 28! see the problem?
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The thing is I asked a couple of my friends who have been already certified and they said that the date that appeared on OASIS was the day immediately after the day they completed the certificate requirements! for example, one said his credentials were verified July 27 and after two weeks OASIS status changed to certified and the date on issuance was July 28! see the problem?
Oh .. I see. Then your best bet is to call ECFMG and ask them about that. It may be on their system, but it's not published yet. So specifically ask them about the date of issue.

On a side note, I think it's not a big deal to choose September as the date of issue, and then after applying to programs, change it to August on ERAS if it happens to be the correct date.
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So when is the Date of issuance? will it be the day after my last requirement is achieved? I passed the 3 exams and got my credentials verified on Aug 22 but still no certificate. If I am to take that risk and apply as certified what's the date I should put?

Another thing, I am trying to apply for Step 3 2011 cycle, Can I apply already? i am 'technically' certified!
For me, CS result on Aug 17
credentials verified in 2010
FedEx email on Aug 25
Oasis updated on Aug 26 that issue date is Aug 25
got certificate on Aug 29

You need day/month/year of issuance to apply step 3...sorry, nope..
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Thank you all , I just received an email from Fedex
My certificate is issued
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Thank you all , I just received an email from Fedex
My certificate is issued
Congrats!

what is the date of issue?
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what is the date of issue?
August 29
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Then the certificate is issued 7 days after all the requirements for issue is met. Tofu's dates also prove this observation.
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Then the certificate is issued 7 days after all the requirements for issue is met. Tofu's dates also prove this observation.
Actually this is not always the case. Some of my friends had their certificate issued the next day after completing all the requirements. Other friend had her certificate 4 days. So it depends on the ECFMG staff
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