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Hi I just got my ecfmg certification 235 step1 238 ck and cs passed higher performance .all in first attempt..I have done residency in my country in anesthesia gaps after mbbs..and currently entered 2nd year of senior resident.
I have 4 lors from my consultants and hod and yons of volunteer experience as well as 12 internatinal and national publications.
Will give step 3 in aug
.I wanna ask how many monyhs are sufficient for observership and is it mandatory now coz I may need to resign from my permanet job to pursue it..l only lack usce...and I will apply for september match and might apply for fellowshop as well
Kindly guide regarding this ..
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