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I was wondering if there are any specific suggestions on taking a photo of yourself to send as part of your application other than having it a passport size?
In other words, should I wear something in particular like a tie and white coat? smile or no smile? and can it be okay to use if it was taken over a year ago or does it have to be more recent? or do all these things really even matter?

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A professional attire is preferred of course. Your mouth should be in neutral position, not smiling, not griming. The photo should be recent (not more than 6 months old).

If you can take it in a professional style at home, then I don't see any reason why it is not OK.

For other technical requirements please check the official ECFMG web page here
http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/applicants...nts-photo.html

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Thanks for the info. I actually just had a picture taken and ended up smiling. I know you said neutral position but should that be okay regardless?
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Yeah. That's OK.

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A professional attire is preferred of course. Your mouth should be in neutral position, not smiling, not griming. The photo should be recent (not more than 6 months old).

If you can take it in a professional style at home, then I don't see any reason why it is not OK.

For other technical requirements please check the official ECFMG web page here
http://www.ecfmg.org/eras/applicants...nts-photo.html

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I made one with a neutral face, like not smiling. Some of my friends advice me to retake and smile since it will convey that you are friendly. What do you think about this?
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Having a smile can never hurt you.
I have been told by program directors that they are tired of pics having serious faces.
But make sure that your smile is not a big grin, which might not go well with some people. For me its fine
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why would smiling be a big deal?? Isn't that not a natural expression?? i mean, the ERAS specification says that your expression should be natural with your eyes open and looking directly ahead... not a neutral expression. i took mine and theres some teeth showing... yet thats my natural expression haha oh well, lets see if they accept it or not
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There is sort of consensus here in the US that an official photograph should be in neutral position (not smiling). Like that's what they ask for in post offices passport pictures for example.

This is not Facebook or your Girlfriend. You are sending it to official institutes.

However, as people said here, there is no harm at all of having a little bit of smile, you won't fail the match just because you smiled to the camera.

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one of the program coordinators told me that they are tired of seeing pics with serious faces. She said it is not ur passport pic, remember that, smile and show ur teeth so that the next person has a good impression seeing ur pic
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In my own personal opinion, as long as there are no feather boas, glitters, or fishnet stockings in your ERAS picture, everything will be ok. lol
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A friend of mine took the "neutral" thing too seriously last year and ended up with a picture looking more like a hardcore terrorist than an applicant.
It's not that big a deal guys. Not too serious and not too silly would be fine
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What if the width of the picture is a little bigger than its height? Should that be okay?
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Can anyone please answer my question?
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What if the width of the picture is a little bigger than its height? Should that be okay?
As long as it is within the "2.5 by 3.5 inches in size" range and less than 100 KB , it wont be a problem.
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