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Old 09-11-2013
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Question Applying to residency without ECFMG

Hi everybody,

I am currently a research fellow, resident in Europe, almost done with training. The thing is that I am offered a potential residency spot in the USA in a real great place. They would like me to start as soon as July 1st 2014.

BUT I don't have the ECFMG certif. I am planning on getting Step 1 in december, and step 2CK and CS in january/february.

Can I apply through ERAS without the steps ? My certification won't be ready before the date of the match. Does that mean I will be withdrawn ? Some people say yes, other say that we just need to have the ECFMG certif by the date of the start of the training.

What do you all think ? Please let me know,

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Ask the people who promised you the position. There are times when residency programs do not go by the NRMP rules and regulations. If you want to go by NRMP rules, then you have to be ECFMG certified before ranking time which is February 26th 2014.

Yes. You can apply without USMLE Scores but nobody will invite you for an interview except if you have really strong connection with the residency program decision makers.

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