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If anyone would help answering my question:

will my results of step 2 CS be ready for the Match 2016?
I have done step 2 Ck, going to do step one on Oct 6 and step 2 CS on Nov 6.
I am considering should I be going for the Match 2016 and am concerned that my USMLE results won't be ready.

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I strongly recommend that you do not apply this year, your USMLE Step 1/2CS results will come in FAR too late to be considered competitive.

AMGs can sometimes get away with doing their CS that late but as an IMG it is absolutely critical that you have all your exams done and your results in come September 15 2015.

So my opinion is save your money for this Match and build yourself a strong application for next season.
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Thank you very much for your reply!

Just a thought, though.
So do you think my recent 5 years of clinical experience working as a doc in NZ/Australia would anyway put me ahead of the game even though my results will come late? (I am a NZ grad and NZ/Australia trained)

(I just put forward my CS to 23rd Oct, but I guess might not make any difference, but at least the result will be out by early Dec-Jan according to the USMLE.org website instead of Feb)

Another related question regarding transmitting ECFMG transcript. Does ECFMG only allow us to transmit when we have completed all the step1, 2CK and 2CS? or we are allowed to transmit it one by one?

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Its difficult to say because I don't have much experience with non-caribbean IMGs. But what I do see often are fresh grads that lose a significant amount of invites because their scores are submitted late and yours in particular will be excessively so.

For example one of my friends contacted a residency program and they clearly told him had his CS score come out before November he most definitely would have received an interview however they had already given out all their invites.

The reality is that there will be an overwhelming amount of applicants come sept 15th and programs tend to send invitations to those who have all their exams done so they don't risk having the potential applicant fail their boards while they are setting up or submitting their Rank order list.

However everyone's situation is different. This is only my opinion.

Regarding your last question, I'm not yet familiar with the process as I am applying this year. Hopefully someone will answer.
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