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Hi everyone, im preparing for step1 i graduated on august 2011, i will do my best effort to do the test on january/feb 2014 and secondly CS (which takes the longest to get the score report) and CK afterwards (planning preparing for 4 months and then give the test) ALL of this cause i want so badly to match in 2014, but you ALWAYS have to have a PLAN B, and my plan B is that for any reason takes more time than needed for the tests my only option is apply to 2015 match, obviously i will take advantage of this gap of time and do some observerships or research...
BUT in 2015 i will be 4 years postgrad.. sounds a LOT, so am i facing becoming and old img and hence diminish my posibilities on matching?, or im panicking for no reason?
if so, then i should be more pressured on matching on 2014 to not become a "year older"!!
please i need some advice
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when you get white hair, have some dementia and lots of kids?

Chill dear you wont grow old if you start now!!!
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I don't think you are an old grad at all. You're obviously not a fresh grad either though.

imo, an old grad is someone who graduated over 10 years ago, and has been practicing somewhere, and for obvious reasons, will find it tough to get back into 'study mode' for the step 1.

You graduated in 2011, so obviously things won't be fresh in your mind. But if you go through kaplan, FA, do the questions, you'll be in good shape.

Right now, your priority is to get your step 1 done asap. Just get that done first, and then worry about everything else. do not delay, or waste time. Just focus on what needs to be done, and get it done.

one way or another, things will fall into place. good luck!
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thanks a lot you make me start my day making me laugh
i just started freaking out looking in posts that people saying about "every day after graduation counts" "people the more recent graduation the more likely to match" JESUS how can i not freak about that?
ONLY i will like to point out something
if ive known that i couldve prepared in my country while i was a medical student i think my future will be so much different i regret it in so many ways, but i never got proper guidance.

SO ANY IMG MED student that is reading right now and is planning for doing the step 1 DONT WASTE ANY TIME AND START PREPARING NOW!!!
i cannot undo my past so i might as well do the best i can right now
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Thanks Reggie good luck to you too, i will try to get done with this step 1 as soon as i can, as many others i get depressed and think i cant do this so many times, but then i get back up and read posts in here that motivate to keep on going, i have some weak subjects because my teachers in med school where too "detailed" in the exams and often putted topics on exams that would not be practical in real life! anyways i have to continue with this journey
thanks for answering my post the best of luck to you
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Well they say you are old IMG when you are out of school more than 10 years and you have been doing something till then and then decide to do your steps and MLE.
well its also true that every minute counts after you graduate as more time you take to apply the less chance you have to be matched. But as I guess you are in good position though you are 2011 graduated but still have good chance.
I think you must concentrate on your Steps now and do them good. if have good scores then you will be matched irrespective of your year of graduation.
So work on that and all the best.
And mean while do some observership/ Research. that will HELp you a LOT.
All the best. and good luck.
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Thank you, youve been so helpful, i will concentrate on doing my steps asap
keep on with the study everyone
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According to my friend who is Chief Resident this year at Pediatrics Program on a western state, THEIR cut off for "old" is 2-3 years roughly.

Sorry to shock anyone, I'm pushing the border too, since my YOG 2012, but he said this is what they set on their filter normally.

I'm sure other programs are different, but this is what he told me for his specific program.
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According to my friend who is Chief Resident this year at Pediatrics Program on a western state, THEIR cut off for "old" is 2-3 years roughly.

Sorry to shock anyone, I'm pushing the border too, since my YOG 2012, but he said this is what they set on their filter normally.

I'm sure other programs are different, but this is what he told me for his specific program.
Most prog have a three year cut off and five year being the max i have seen, there are some who allow applications post the five years if you have been working in that field etc. i am in the same dilema as you but opted for a full profile than one where i will lack usce even with perhaps good grades.
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