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I am an international med student, graduating in May 2012. I have cleared my Step 2CS, and will be appearing for Step 1 in April, 2012. I wanted to know which is the last date I can take my step 2 CK to be in time for applying this year; keeping in mind that I also need to get ECFMG certified? I have asked a few people around and have also checked out the NMRP match planner link, but have got conflicting answers. Please help. All the best in all your future endeavors.

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From my experience, you need to have the results of all the exams plus verification of your credentials at least 2 weeks before sep 1, so you can be certified by sep 1 and apply as early as possible. this means you need to do step 2 CK not after mid July so you get certified by the end of Aug. This leaves you with only 3 months to study for CK. It is difficult, but doable.

You should take in mind however, that if you graduate on May 2012, you need to get your credentials verified ASAP. for many applicants, this was the rate limiting step for being certified rather than the score reports. This depends on your medical school and on the ECFMG staff and you only can keep pushing them towards having your job done

Another point to consider, Sep 1 is not a holy date. You can apply as late as mid or even late sep and you should be fine, so if you get delayed for a couple of weeks don't panic.

Last but not least, if you are planning on doing step 2 on July, APPLY AND SCHEDULE NOW. You don't want to be left with now available exam slots near your suggested exam date

I hope this was helpful
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Thank you. I was not aware of the fact that verification by ECFMG might slow it down. Ill try and apply asap in May. I'll also book my exam dates soon.
ERAS mentions in their website that the applications will be received by the institutions from 15th September this year.
https://www.aamc.org/services/eras/
I hope that means I have some more time. Fingers Crossed :sorry:
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I just graduated yesterday, and have been running around getting the paperwork done. I was told from the college office that I will not be getting my diploma in hand till March 2013, since I had a 2 month extension due to my electives. Now my anxiety is, how will I get my credentials verified if I cant send 2 copies of my diploma? Will they accept a Dean's letter instead? or is that just for giving the exams? I hope this one thing doesn't screw things up! :sorry: Please help!
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I just graduated yesterday, and have been running around getting the paperwork done. I was told from the college office that I will not be getting my diploma in hand till March 2013, since I had a 2 month extension due to my electives. Now my anxiety is, how will I get my credentials verified if I cant send 2 copies of my diploma? Will they accept a Dean's letter instead? or is that just for giving the exams? I hope this one thing doesn't screw things up! :sorry: Please help!
Sorry to say this, but there is no other way to be ECFMG certified without your original diploma. So my advice to you is to give your exams properly & apply next year (if you can wait!).

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