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I'm not gonna be ready in time for match 2014, I'm graduating in November and have only taken step 1, and with various other factors in my life wont be able to meet the deadlines, what can I do with the 1 and 1/2 yrs that I will have off. I will be getting married so my husband will be helping me financially, and I plan to complete all of the steps by December 2013. What other productive things medically related can I be doing with my time off, thanks a lot!
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It really depends on where you are. Different options exist depending on where you are. Getting a job related to the healthcare industry would be your best bet preferably one with a lot of patient interaction or work with attendings. but there are places where you simply cant medically related work without certificates, training, prior experience, etc.

If money is not an immediate concern for you then you can always get an observership and improve your USCE and try to make a few connections and get some LORs, and also apply as a volunteer for Clinical research. Many hospitals look for clinical research assistants to help enroll patients for different studies.

And of course, study and pass your boards.

If you are outside the US im sure there are even more options for you. You could participate in medical missions, teach at university (cant do that in the US without meeting strict requirements) or at a review center.
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