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I am an IMG and I wish to apply for 2013 match. I am planning to take my Step 1 in 3 weeks and I was planning to finish Step 2 CS by May 2012. But now I see that I am not able to get any date for Step 2 CS in May. The earliest available date is in July and I am worried I won't have the scores ready by Sept 1st.
Will this affect my chances of matching in 2013? Or should I try for 2014 match with all my scores in hand.

Please advise.

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The pushed back the opening date to the 15th of September this year. It isn't much, but it does give you 15 more days. I don't see why you are even contemplating the decision, if you are a strong applicant, go for it. A friend of mine didn't get ECFMG certified till October and still pre-matched in IM. With prematch out of the question this year, those programs will be running more interviews. I'm not saying it is guaranteed but it wouldn't hurt to try rather than waiting and year and wondering "what if". Seeing that applications are expensive, if you get certified really late, only apply for a few lower tier programs and try your luck.
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Hi,

I am an IMG and I wish to apply for 2013 match. I am planning to take my Step 1 in 3 weeks and I was planning to finish Step 2 CS by May 2012. But now I see that I am not able to get any date for Step 2 CS in May. The earliest available date is in July and I am worried I won't have the scores ready by Sept 1st.
Will this affect my chances of matching in 2013? Or should I try for 2014 match with all my scores in hand.

Please advise.

Thanks!

I would suggest aiming for 2014, simply because you are rushing the exam prep.

The scores are what get you the IV's and in the end the residency. Dont worry about matching a year later, especially if that means you will have a better score.

You'll find on these forums, alot of veterans saying that application on the very FIRST day (in this case Sept 15th), is crucial as its first come first basis.

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The pushed back the opening date to the 15th of September this year. It isn't much, but it does give you 15 more days. I don't see why you are even contemplating the decision, if you are a strong applicant, go for it. A friend of mine didn't get ECFMG certified till October and still pre-matched in IM. With prematch out of the question this year, those programs will be running more interviews. I'm not saying it is guaranteed but it wouldn't hurt to try rather than waiting and year and wondering "what if". Seeing that applications are expensive, if you get certified really late, only apply for a few lower tier programs and try your luck.
Hey Torsades....Just wondering whether "the application opening date of Sept 15th" for the 2013 match has been confirmed, or you r just speculating?? why I ask is, because I will be finishing the specific rotation I want to apply residency in, on Sept 7th, and it would be great if I could get that extra time to send in the evaluation. God willing, I will have the rest of application ready to go.
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Hey Torsades....Just wondering whether "the application opening date of Sept 15th" for the 2013 match has been confirmed, or you r just speculating?? why I ask is, because I will be finishing the specific rotation I want to apply residency in, on Sept 7th, and it would be great if I could get that extra time to send in the evaluation. God willing, I will have the rest of application ready to go.
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https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/

Looks pretty official to me. Who knows for sure though.
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i am planning to take my step 2 CS in oct 2012. can i apply for 2013 match? coz ecfmg said i can take step 2 cs before dec 31st if i wanna apply for 2013.
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i am planning to take my step 2 CS in oct 2012. can i apply for 2013 match? coz ecfmg said i can take step 2 cs before dec 31st if i wanna apply for 2013.
I dont think the problem lies with ecfmg, but with the residency programs themselves. Most want step 2CS passed by the time to you apply and stuff. Step 2CS results usually take 2-3 months to come. Im not sure if you are an AMG or IMG, some programs allow you the extra time. From what I've read, to get a decent amount of interviews, the application should be complete, with all exams passed (Step1, CK and CS) and that you apply early in september.
But yea, you can definitely apply when u get the CS results back, and hope for the best.
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