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Clock Time to get ECFMG certificate

I have done with step 1 & cs,my ques is what is the best time to take CK..so that I wil have enough tym to get the ECFMg certificate before september.
How long it takes to get the ECFMG certificate...?

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you will the certificate in 2 weeks after you finish your steps if your medical school have already verified your creds with the ecfmg. Don't worry much about the certificate if you have a good step 1 score but you need the certificate before december to be considered in the nrmp match by the PDs.
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Thank u applicantguide.
but I am an IMG.my step 1 score is 245,cs passed 1 st attempt,now preparing for ck.
So u r saying that ecfmg certificate is not very imp?
My med school credentials are all verified.
so it will not be aproblem if I dont get the ECFMG certificate before september?can u plz clarify more..:sorry:
thanks for ur help...
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This year the application will start Sept 15, so you have sometime to be done with CK exam. You have a good score on step 1 and likley your step 2 will be higher. If you want to be on the safest side then do ck in a way the result will be back by Sept 15 or shortly after. In my opinion you can go to the match wihtout certificate as a start.
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You actually just need to be ECFMG verified to participate in the match, and ECFMG certified to start residency. Thats a common misconception, that one needs the ECFMG certificate to apply, when all you need are your credentials verified by ECFMG. There are many Caribbean and other IMGs who have matched, that will graduate this Spring.
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You actually just need to be ECFMG verified to participate in the match, and ECFMG certified to start residency. Thats a common misconception, that one needs the ECFMG certificate to apply, when all you need are your credentials verified by ECFMG. There are many Caribbean and other IMGs who have matched, that will graduate this Spring.
Think there is a little gap in your comment: some programs (I should say many programs) listed on their website that before even considering an IMG for an interview, they need you to be ECFMG certified (not verified). Agreed, many programs mentioned they would need you tbe certified by the start of residency...
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Think there is a little gap in your comment: some programs (I should say many programs) listed on their website that before even considering an IMG for an interview, they need you to be ECFMG certified (not verified). Agreed, many programs mentioned they would need you tbe certified by the start of residency...
Again I state, MAJORITY Caribbean students match before graduating, its extremely common. All progs care about is that the person is on target to be certified by the start of residency. This usually means having boards done, and just waiting for school diploma. I'm not sure if this is an exception for Caribbean students, but thats how it goes, regardless of what is on the website. 1st hand experience!

Shoot even a non Caribbean IMG friend of mine got a FM IV without taking his CK, and this was a prog that states that they need ECFMG certification for IV. Go figure!
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