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Help Dilemma-internship extension in india for electives and ecfmg application!!

I am in desperate need of some help. Here is an insight to my situation.

I am an undergraduate from india and i am in the final year (5th yr.) i.e the internship year of my course. I have already done 1 month of clinical electives at harvard in january this year. I have completed my internship somewhere in the first week of july. I havent applied for completion certificate (i.e diploma) yet. And so technically i am still an undergraduate.

My plan is to give step 1 in november this year and then apply for electives again with step 1 score in december. I wish to file for completion (diploma/final degree) after i have sent my application for electives.

Now, my question is suppose i get acceptance from xyz univ. and go to do electives in the month of june next year. And i get a LOR from them stating i was with them during the month of june 2015. What if during my residency interview the P.D. asks- "How come you managed to do electives during the month of june when you became a graduate in december 2014?"
Will that really be a problem if i do that? Should i delay applying for diploma after i finish my electives?

And one last question. A week back i registered with ecfmg for taking a 3 month slot for step 1. In that i have registered myself as a graduate. The reason for this was - it was mentioned in their website that all those who have completed their graduation but are still in the process of acquiring their diploma should register themselves as graduates. So i did that.

Now suppose while applying for matching i upload a LOR on ECFMG website dated as june 2015. But as already mentioned i have registered myself as a graduate and entered the date of graduation as july 2014. Will ECFMG see this as an irregular behavior and book me for this discrepancy. Please advise.
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If I have understood your situation correctly, you are technically a graduate. If you have completed one year of internship and haven't received a medical diploma, you still are a graduate. That's the reason why many seniors in my medical college skip the last five days of internship so that are they 'technically' in final year of medical school making them eligible to apply for electives.
As for the ecfmg thing, I don't think it would be a problem. From the ecfmg booklet:
"If you have graduated and met all requirements for your medical diploma but your medical diploma has not yet been issued, a current, full-face, passport-sized, color photograph and a letter signed by your Medical School Dean, Vice Dean, or Registrar must be submitted with your exam application. The letter you submit must be the original document and must be written on your medical school’s letterhead. The letter must include the following statement:

This is to confirm that [applicant name] has graduated and completed all requirements to receive the [degree title] degree from [medical school/university name]. The degree will be issued [month and year].
You must then send the photocopies of your medical diploma to ECFMG as soon as your diploma is issued."
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