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Old 07-09-2015
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Hello friends.My step 1 score is 247,cs result pending ,will get in august,and ill give ck by the end of october and i do not have any USCE.Is it wise to apply in november after i get ecfmg certified and without any Usce and requiring visa?pls suggest me
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As long as you are getting your scores back before the end of the year, it is wiser to start applying for programs in September. It is ok to have an incomplete application that is missing test scores and send in the components as soon as you can. However, you will need your documents in line when you apply so for now, get everything else together like your supporting documents and MyERAS application so you can have strong parts of the application to send in early.

That being said, make sure to look at when the programs require the ECFMG Certification. It's best to find programs that don't require the certificate at the time of application.

Look into visas now through ECFMG and do your best to either try and get USCE (an externship or clerkship) or see if your other experiences can give you really good LoRs. Some programs do require USCE, so make sure you factor that into your research as well.

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