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I am a US IMG. I am ECFMG certified and ready to apply to IM programs but I am still waiting for ECFMG to upload my documents to the ERAS post office. I'm getting worried that this is taking too long. does anyone know how long it takes them to upload the documents from the day they receive the mail (I sent the documents certified so i know when they received them)? Also, is it better for me to wait for them to upload all my LoRs and MSPE and transcript before i apply? or should I just apply with my cv and personal statement, and no supporting documents asap?
I'm worried that by waiting for them to upload the documents my chances of getting interviews will decrease, but im also concerned that an incomplete application will not be considered. any advice would be very much appreciated!!!!!
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Default Depends on when your documents will get uploaded ...

When did they receive your documents (according to your tracking number)?

Right now the ECFMG is processing mail received on August 24 and uploading mail received on August 19.

You can track the ECFMG queue of upload at their official website here http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/

I'd suggest that if your documents are going to be ready before the last week of September, then it's better to wait until your profile is complete before you apply.

But if you think that your documents won't make it before the last week of September then you might want to apply now.

I've also discussed this issue in details here
http://www.usmle-forums.com/residenc...plication.html

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thanks for the info. yeah i saw that they r uploading documents from august 19th which is y i started worrying. according to my tracking number they received my documents on august 26th, so i am guessing they should b uploaded by the middle of september, since it seems they take 2weeks from the date received. so in this case u recommend i wait until my documents r up before submitting applications so that they will be complete, and it shouldn't hurt my chances of interviewing too much?
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thanks for the info. yeah i saw that they r uploading documents from august 19th which is y i started worrying. according to my tracking number they received my documents on august 26th, so i am guessing they should b uploaded by the middle of september, since it seems they take 2weeks from the date received. so in this case u recommend i wait until my documents r up before submitting applications so that they will be complete, and it shouldn't hurt my chances of interviewing too much?
Yes. That's what I think.

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i think it wouldn't hurt either if you apply. You have a slot for your LOR, they know it's coming, and if by your credentials, you are a good candidate, they will wait for that letter. But if your LOR is just to boost your CV, they won't even bother to wait for it. Those PD's know how it is. You can't filter out a good candidate with a letter whose "on its way" eventually. If your scores or certification are not yet available, then that's when I'd start thinking, because what if your didn't get the score you wanted / expected, it's a different story altogether. I mean a letter is least of they're worry to screen a potential candidate for interview, if you are really darn deserving. That's my take on that. You the applicant as a whole is what's important, so what if you have completed all your docs, but they see the rest of your application is not so good, they'd filter you out as well eventually.
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i have the same problem... i applied to all my programs but with 2 LoR, the 3rd one is reserved.... it should be in by next week... gr so your saying i should have waited until next week and then apply? because most people i talked to (US graduated residents in the electives im doing) said just apply sept 1 with 2 LoRs and have the 3rd one reserved rather than waiting 2 weeks and then applying with 3 LoRs... Most of them told me they applied with 1 LoR or 2 and reserved slots because PDs know dean's office can be late in uploading documents. Or maybe this is only the case with US grads?

Also how would I go about contacting each program? should i Email each program or call them? Emailing would definetly be easier for me as I am doing an elective right now... is there any difference between the two?

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