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Old 03-04-2013
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Hi i am an IMg graduated in 2009. I have green card and i got 200 in step1.
now i am going to do some USCE in Family Medicine as only chances are in FM
my question is .....
i have to take step2 CS and CK within 7 months( i mean if i have to apply for match this year) which is really hard for me as i can not prepare CS and CK in 7 months
what should i do wait for next year and do research,voluntary stuff,etc
take a leap of faith and take step2 CS and CK in 7 month period to apply this year
Which one is worst??
1)if you do not apply for one year and do research and stuff
2)if you apply this year and did not get matched and then do research and stuff to apply for next year
ppl say chances of match decrease after you did not get match each time
so if somebody does not apply for match till he is ready i mean wait for 1 year and then apply
what you guys think
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I think your YOG will be catching up to you soon. I'd suggest taking CS first (it may take awhile to get your results) and then CK during early August so you can have your score and be ECFMG Certified before September rolls around (this isn't essential, but it is preferred to increase your chances of landing interviews). I am assuming the USCE that you're doing now will help you with CS. Honestly, it isn't a difficult exam if you take it seriously (which some people don't, and the results reflects). Find a study partner here and get to it (that's what I did).
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Thanks torsades i really appreciate it
but problem is i prepared for step1 for almost one year and then i got only 200
now for CS i will prepare during these 5 months of USCE with study partner and you are right i will take it seriously and i hope i will pass it in 1st attempt
but Externship(USCE) gona end in middle of august and during same period i am afraid that i can not prepare for CK
3 to 4 months are not enough for me either i will fail or end up just being passed in CK
also i have a question if somebody applies for match and did not get matched
they have record for it?? i mean do they know that this student applied previous year and did not get matched?
i am sorry to ask but i have no info about ERAS and all DATA required for it
experts say after each year probability of getting match decreases---->Is this true even if you do not apply for match?? i am bit confused
++can we apply for match even after passing step1 and CS??
if yes then i think i will apply for match after CS without CK..What do you think?
i read in this forum that applying after all steps gives you better chances for IVs
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As a US Citizen many residency programs will expect for you to have more hands-on clinical experience than the traditional IMG with only a b1/b2 or f1/f2 visa.

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