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Default ECFMG certification.

Hey everyone!

Can we apply as soon as our status on oasis changes to "certified" after last result or we have to wait until we get certificate in mail? I was planning to take CK by the end of july or early august and apply for match in September. I am done w/ Step 1 and CS. I just read that there will be a score delay after 10th july. This messed up my plan. So if I go ahead and take my exam after 10th of july my score will be released on 16th September and I am assuming it will take another 2 weeks to get the certificate in mail. How bad do you think it will hurt me if I get my ck score on 16th sept?

(I have 256 on step 1, Strong US LORs)
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1) Your step 1 is awesome - that alone is going to get you through auto screeners

2) Step CS is done and scored already = HUGE win for you. It takes the longest to return

3) Step 2 CK - Your score will be released long before Sept 15th so you'll be ok.

ECFMG certification mean's you're qualified to start residency. Many programs don't understand terminology nor care. They will see you've passed ALL your steps with good scores which is the single most important thing.

My recommendation would be to submit your app come opening day and you can resubmit/update app as soon as CK is released if it's not released by Sept 15th. As long as it's close to Sept 15th day, you're going to be fine.

Many programs require ECFMG cert to be invited for an interview, but we aren't ever in the first wave of invites normally. Get your app in and seen ASAP with those high scores and update as soon as you get the ECFMG certified and you'll be golden.
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Question same problem here

The latest update on website said, the target date to get scores is september 14th. Does it mean all scores will come on september 14th? or can we hope to get scores before that (i.e the usual 3rd wednesday), say if we take the test in the last week of july or 1st week of august.

After we get the score, how long will it take for the ecfmg certification? my credentials are already verified. I like to apply for eras as "ecfmg certified". Please help. I may need to prepone my exam date.

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The latest update on website said, the target date to get scores is september 14th. Does it mean all scores will come on september 14th? or can we hope to get scores before that (i.e the usual 3rd wednesday), say if we take the test in the last week of july or 1st week of august.

After we get the score, how long will it take for the ecfmg certification? my credentials are already verified. I like to apply for eras as "ecfmg certified". Please help. I may need to prepone my exam date.

Thanks in advance
Nope. After July 10th, its not going to be the usual 3-4 weeks. You would recieve the result on September 14th. After you get the score, it takes 1-2 weeks to be certified (for most people it has been 5-10 days; earlier if they had a US address on OASIS)
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hey guys
i read somewhere that this year there is no section for ecfmg certification for us to select in eras work sheet. is it true?

if so, then our application wont be filtered based on ecfmg certified or not, right?
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hey guys
i read somewhere that this year there is no section for ecfmg certification for us to select in eras work sheet. is it true?

if so, then our application wont be filtered based on ecfmg certified or not, right?
You have read wrong. The information about ECFMG certification is in the ECFMG status report which is one of the supporting documents in eras.
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You have read wrong. The information about ECFMG certification is in the ECFMG status report which is one of the supporting documents in eras.
okay got it
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