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Question Taking Step 1 next thursday. Will I make 2015 match?

I'll get my scores July 10th and start clinicals August 1st, or so. I'll be done with the 72 week rotations February 2015. When should I plan on taking Step 2 CK and CS?
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If i were you ....

i would have prepared myself to give CS exam right after the end of rotation ...i would have grabbed CS books and would have practiced all the way in the 72 week rotation period .... and would have been done with it till Feb ....

i would also have grabbed CK books in between preparing myself to give the exam in july ....4 months to further prep after your rotations.. by that i would have gotten all my results till August... and then will have a whole month to get prepared to apply in sept to programs ....
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If i were you ....

i would have prepared myself to give CS exam right after the end of rotation ...i would have grabbed CS books and would have practiced all the way in the 72 week rotation period .... and would have been done with it till Feb ....

i would also have grabbed CK books in between preparing myself to give the exam in july ....4 months to further prep after your rotations.. by that i would have gotten all my results till August... and then will have a whole month to get prepared to apply in sept to programs ....
so i shouldn't have any problems making the match for 2015, correct? so when im done with step 1, start reading step 2 CS, is what you're saying, correct?
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You see ....preparing for CS doesn't mean you will be spending long periods of time studying ....

CS exam is about
  • taking a proper history
  • communicating with the patient
  • time management
  • typing practice
  • doing the physical examinations correct ....
  • ddxing
so this means everytime you will encounter a patient in your clinical rotation you will keep in mind those protocols of succeeding in the CS exam and treating each patient the same way that you will likely do on the test day .

But during the clinical rotation you will also want to save time in prep of CK and you will slowly grow through the books ...which requires dedicated time of studying

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But how can we fit in time for usce if we follow this timeline?
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so i shouldn't have any problems making the match for 2015, correct? so when im done with step 1, start reading step 2 CS, is what you're saying, correct?
and of course you would be applying in 2015 sept for the 2016 match ....
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But how can we fit in time for usce if we follow this timeline?
If your are an img you can divide 3 months of USCE in this time period .... if you are still in med school and have given step 1 you can put everything on hold and can go for an elective in a uni .... this will give you a US lor

When you will go for CS exam you can go do a 1 month observership/externship
and you can get an LOR or two from there ....

You will need atleast 3 US lors in the end .... but this is not the end of the world if you don't have all 3 ....2 will also do good if your score are pretty descent ...

every one has a different scenario should plan accordingly
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and of course you would be applying in 2015 sept for the 2016 match ....
Wait, what? no no...i want to make the match for 2015...

for instance...some of my classmates took the exam nov 2012...and started clinicals january 1st...so they'll be also applying for the 2015 match, right? will they be able to make it for 2014?
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Wait, what? no no...i want to make the match for 2015...

for instance...some of my classmates took the exam nov 2012...and started clinicals january 1st...so they'll be also applying for the 2015 match, right? will they be able to make it for 2014?
yeah ur class mates can apply for the match in 2014. If only they would be done with med school by then.
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If your are an img you can divide 3 months of USCE in this time period .... if you are still in med school and have given step 1 you can put everything on hold and can go for an elective in a uni .... this will give you a US lor

When you will go for CS exam you can go do a 1 month observership/externship
and you can get an LOR or two from there ....

You will need atleast 3 US lors in the end .... but this is not the end of the world if you don't have all 3 ....2 will also do good if your score are pretty descent ...

every one has a different scenario should plan accordingly
No I have just graduated. so elective is out. will be doing my house job all through 2014.
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Wait, what? no no...i want to make the match for 2015...

for instance...some of my classmates took the exam nov 2012...and started clinicals january 1st...so they'll be also applying for the 2015 match, right? will they be able to make it for 2014?
You'll be able to apply for 2014-2015 if you graduate in Feb 2015.

This means:

1. Competed Step 1 / CK / CS w/ scores before Sept 1st 2014.
2. Expected to graduate by April 2015 (latest)

Aim to Give CS & CK by May 2014 (latest) in order to ensure you get your scores in time for ERAS.
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