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Old 01-21-2016
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Hello everyone

I am an IMG graduated on 2014, I took step 1 on Dec 2015 and my score is 219. I am now planning to take CK around April and CS no later than May 23 2016, then I might take 2 months for pathology observership in USA from June to July. And here is my question...

- Is there a chance for 219 on step1 to get matched these days? I've heard that it's much more competitive.
- My CS reporting end date is on July 22, Is it possible to get ECFMG certification before Sep 15? Or should I wait for 2017 matching?
- For an observership, should I split my 2-month period into half for chances to get more LoRs, or should I go for the same subspecialty?

Thank you in advance for your responds, and sorry for my broken English if something I asked seems inappropriate.
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1) Whether or not a score is competitive depends on the specialty to which you are applying. These are the mean Step 1 scores of independent applicants (i.e. anyone who is not a US senior) that successfully matched into their respective specialties:
  • Internal Medicine: 229
  • Family Medicine: 212
  • Pathology: 224
These numbers are from the 2014 "Charting Outcomes in the Match". You can find the pdf here. It has data from every specialty with a bunch of charts and tables that will help you quantify the "competitiveness" of your score. One thing to keep in mind is that unlike in previous years, they no longer differentiate between the different types of independent applicants. So whereas before you had the data specifically for non-US IMGs, now we're lumped in with all the other independent applicants e.g. US IMGs, osteopathic students, old US grads. This skews the numbers somewhat. So if you are a non-US IMG, add 2-3 points to the given numbers to get the mean for non-US IMGs.

2) You will receive your ECFMG certificate in the mail 2 weeks after your last result. In your case that will be no later than July 22nd, so you'll be certified well before September 15th. Although you should know that it is not necessary to be certified by September 15th. You can even apply with nothing but your Step 1 score (although that's not recommended for IMGs). The exact deadline for ECFMG certification varies from program to program, but it is usually around November-January. The point is that while it is a good idea to be certified by September 15th, don't freak out and delay application until next year if your certificate arrives on the 16th. Programs generally don't start looking at applications for at least a week, so a delay of a few days isn't the end of the world.

3) I'm not sure I understand the question. If you're asking whether it's better to get 2 one month LORs or 1 two month LOR, it's better to get 2 LORs. Some programs have a minimum requirement of 3 US LORs, so the more the better.

Hope this clears things up for you a little. Good luck.
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