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Question Graduation delayed for 2 years

Hey guys!
I'm in quite a complicated situation! I am a permanent resident of Canada and if I want to maintain it I will have to live there for two years straight.
Now, I am studying in India and I'm thinking of passing my final year and then going to Canada for two years after which I'll come back and do my internship here in India.

So, I guess what I want to know is, does having my graduation delayed will affect my application for residency??? (I would have graduated probably around Jan 2015, and now two years late in Jan 2017 or even later if I do electives in US)

P.S.- I am thinking for applying for electives an Canada (I can do maximum 6 months or maybe 3 months in two years, I'm not sure), maybe some observership, or at least some volunteering.
I am also going to write Step 1 as well as step 2 , so I can apply immediately in September 2017 for 2018 match after graduating in 2017.

What do you guys think? Am I good?
I will appreciate any suggestions (especially from someone who also delayed their graduation)
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You to explain to ECFMG the reason for your interruptions of medical school. If your reason is electives, clerkships, volunteering, ..etc then that's OK.

Yes. You can apply for the March 2018 matching cycle if you have done your steps by September 2017.

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You to explain to ECFMG the reason for your interruptions of medical school. If your reason is electives, clerkships, volunteering, ..etc then that's OK.

Yes. You can apply for the March 2018 matching cycle if you have done your steps by September 2017.

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I have to explain to ECFMG????
I thought that you had to explain it to the program director during the interviews????
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You will explain to both, the ECFMG and the programs.

There is a question in the ECFMG online registration form, "did you have interruptions in your med school".

As I said, it's not a big deal and it won't affect your chances of matching.

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You will explain to both, the ECFMG and the programs.

There is a question in the ECFMG online registration form, "did you have interruptions in your med school".

As I said, it's not a big deal and it won't affect your chances of matching.

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That's good, but we are talking about two years off here!!!!!
Do you think around 6 months of electives in different universities will justify graduating two years late????????
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That's good, but we are talking about two years off here!!!!!
Do you think around 6 months of electives in different universities will justify graduating two years late????????
Oh, I thought you won't have gaps.
Gaps in the CV of more than 6 months is considered a Red Flag by many residency programs, you better find yourself an excuse for that time, such as taking some courses or doing more rotations.

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Oh, I thought you won't have gaps.
Gaps in the CV of more than 6 months is considered a Red Flag by many residency programs, you better find yourself an excuse for that time, such as taking some courses or doing more rotations.

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wow! That's serious! I suppose I could try fragmenting my rotations over two years, will that work?? assuming I do get accepted in many places! (but still there will be a some few months gap, and I'll get time to prepare for my usmle steps too)
Will doing some volunteering help?

What kind of courses are you talking about?
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Yeah, spreading out your rotations over that 2 years period will certainly make your CV looks better.

I suggest you search the forums of the keyword "gaps", you will find over 100 of threads discussing that.

2 particular threads that you might read are:
Gaps in CV and effect on residency matching!
and this one
IMGs; How to explain gaps in the CV

Yeah, volunteering is a great idea.

Courses, any course, such as CME, Conferences, Medical Spanish, ACLS, ..etc

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