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Ok I will be graduating next June and will have finished step 1, 2cs and 2ck. I am unsure as to whether or not I can have an ECFMG certificate before then as you need your degree. Is that correct (I would really appreciate some input here)? If so I cannot apply for next year's match. The problem then is what do I do for 1 yr? I was thinking about starting my first junior doctor post in the uk. However I was also thinking about doing a masters somewhere else in the world. Would the latter be a bad idea for residency I already have a BA and I will soon have MB BCHIR (cambridge university medicine degree). I just want to enjoy the year before residency and to have enough time to get step 3 out of the way. A masters is more relaxed than a junior doctor post so I thought it would be a good idea.

Please give me some input. I need it.

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Hey

Ok I will be graduating next June and will have finished step 1, 2cs and 2ck. I am unsure as to whether or not I can have an ECFMG certificate before then as you need your degree. Is that correct (I would really appreciate some input here)? If so I cannot apply for next year's match. The problem then is what do I do for 1 yr? I was thinking about starting my first junior doctor post in the uk. However I was also thinking about doing a masters somewhere else in the world. Would the latter be a bad idea for residency I already have a BA and I will soon have MB BCHIR (cambridge university medicine degree). I just want to enjoy the year before residency and to have enough time to get step 3 out of the way. A masters is more relaxed than a junior doctor post so I thought it would be a good idea.

Please give me some input. I need it.

Simon
You are correct. You need your degree to be verified by ECFMG (credentials verification) in addition to passing step 1 and 2 to be certified. I am not sure how long credentials verification takes in the UK, but if you get the degree in June you should be able to be done with the certification by September when u apply (assuming you have cleared the steps). Average time for credentials verification is 1.5 to 2 months (without any delays; quicker if its via the ECFMG medical school portal) and average time to get certificatied once you meet the requirements is 1-2 weeks (quicker if you have a US postal address). Good luck
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