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Old 05-13-2013
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Question Applying in November or Next Year?

Hi,

I am an IMG from Eastern Europe.

My step 1 is >260, step 2 in 2 months (delayed it by more than several months, had problems getting ECFMG permission to register for CK and CS) hoping for a good score (will get result before September), step 2 cs scheduled for mid-august (will get result only in November), 2 months of US electives at harvard with honors, several letters from harvard + 3 months of US observerships, no visa needed)

I am graduating this July.

As you see, I will get step 2 CS result in November=ECFMG certification, not before September as most people recommend.

Do you feel like it will affect the number of interviews I am going to receive? When should I apply for a match? right after I get step 2 CS result or in mid September? or maybe even next year?

Overall, how would you rate an interviewing atmosphere for a fresh grad IMG with good scores and some USCE, but no pubs?

Do you think I should spend 2 years instead of one (interview year) doing research at MGH for a better chance to get into a solid university-based IM program?

Will withdrawing from match/not matching jeopardize my chances of getting matched in 2015? (I would rather spend one more year doing research at harvard than match at community program)

Thank you very much in advance,

Enixander
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I'd say apply in September without CS results, normally I don't give such advice but since you have 260+ and are doing research in MGH, this will be an eye opener and people will send you for interviews even if you don't have the CS results.

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Thank you for your answer

I wanna stress that I want to end up in a good university-based program.

Will one more year in research (2 instead of one, probably publication, conference) help me to reach my goal or will it negatively affect my cv instead? (it will be 2 years since graduation in this case.)
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Just a small clarification. 2 years in research = more than a year by the interview time and probably publications, lor from the research director; 1 year = only several months by the interview time and no publications
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