Originally Posted by UsmleNewBye
But aren't those electives are expensive ??
I may not recollect all of that, but I do believe that after you take step 1 you can opt for electives that dont cost anything. It will definitely help if you finished step 1 but as I see it, it is not a good idea to rush with any step for an USCE.
Also, a lot of people who did electives with me had finished step 1 and were accepted for fewer(1) electives than I did. Also they took up surgery, peds electives etc when they wanted IM.
I strongly urge you to do an extensive search by yourself, there are many places that offer electives. For eg, I did not know that Rush University had an elective program until I randomly emailed them.
If you have any questions regarding your elective application ..do not hesitate to ask me, PM me anytime. I did a lot of research in that process and would like it if someone else benefited from all those efforts.