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Question Timeline for clinicals & Residency

Hi guys,
I am a caribbean student from Windsor studying for step 1. My school does not have a time line for taking the step 1. I finished my basic science 3 months back. I am planning to take my step on June 30th 2012. After this I will being clinical rotations and while I am dong that I will be taking following steps.
However, I DONT want to miss residency slot of 2014.
I have heard that it takes time to get diploma from carib school and then get the ECFMG certification along with some time taken off between rotations and also to take other steps. My school requires me to do 72 weeks of rotations.
So keeping all these things in mind what should be the latest date I should take it by? Do I need to take step 1 earlier? or Can I still take the step in June 30th and still make it for 2014. I really dont want to miss the residency slot by that much. This thought has been driving me crazy.
So if you guys can shine some light on these clouds of darkness stoping me from focusing it will be really reallyyyy helpful.
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Default help plzz

any1 guys ?? any suggestion feed back who are already doing rotations and close to finish rotations???????
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I'm a fellow Windsorian, so I understand your predicament. I am actually in the match for this year, so my advice to you would be to complete your exam at the latest by October of 2013, as interview season begins October and ends January. So if you're interested in the match itself you should have the exam done before that time frame, but if you're interested in the scramble, you have a bit more time. keep in mind that this exam's slots fill up fast, and that it takes 3 weeks to get your results then to send those results that you're interested in takes time. Try to avoid the rush as much as you can.

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I'm a fellow Windsorian, so I understand your predicament. I am actually in the match for this year, so my advice to you would be to complete your exam at the latest by October of 2013, as interview season begins October and ends January. So if you're interested in the match itself you should have the exam done before that time frame, but if you're interested in the scramble, you have a bit more time. keep in mind that this exam's slots fill up fast, and that it takes 3 weeks to get your results then to send those results that you're interested in takes time. Try to avoid the rush as much as you can.

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Thanks a lot for your reply.
I will definitely finish my step 2 CK and CS before Sept 2013. However, what I want to know is that, do I need to finish all my clinical rotations before Sept 2013? Because at the pace I am going, it seems like it will take Feb 2014 to finish all my clinical rotations and get MD Diploma from Windsor and send it to ECFMG to get certification.
So is this to my disadvantage?
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Not at all, you just need to have finished your rotations before you enter residency. In terms of ECFMG certification, it's program by program based. According to Windsor, it takes 4 months to get certified (I know WAY TOO LONG).
Some programs say they want you certified by the time you enter residency, while others have listed they want you certified before match day, and some say certification before they interview you. So you'll have to check that info before you apply to the programs.

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Not at all, you just need to have finished your rotations before you enter residency. In terms of ECFMG certification, it's program by program based. According to Windsor, it takes 4 months to get certified (I know WAY TOO LONG).
Some programs say they want you certified by the time you enter residency, while others have listed they want you certified before match day, and some say certification before they interview you. So you'll have to check that info before you apply to the programs.

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4 MONTHS!! Holyy Crappp!!! That is way too long. When do you think I should be done all my rotations to get ECFMG certified before I start residency. Because I havent written my step 1 yet I am plannin on writin it by May or June.
This is depressing as it it we have limited residency positions.
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