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Hello everyone!

I'm an IMG. Have started preparing for step 1 now but graduated in March 2013. I wanted to know how important is year after grad? I'll try to apply next year or if not, the year after that. So then it'll be 3 yrs after grad. How disadvantageous will that be?
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I don't think it makes too much difference between 2-3 years after graduation. If you look at the IMG outcomes data from the 2013 match, average yog of non-US IMG who matched into their preferred specialty was 4.7 years, and those who didn't match was 7.5 years. I also got some info from a PD in a webinar yesterday about the importance of yog and in your case I think you're good (I actually have a blog and wrote a post about this webinar. You can access it here. The yog question is a little way down the post).

I think the more important question in your case is what you should focus on if you do take 3 years. You should make sure to do things that help you to be a competitive candidate for interviews.
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Thank you so much for your reply! Yog has been worrying me and now I feel more relieved.
I plan to give my step 1 in November. By the time I finish CK and CS next year I might not have time for many observers. How soon do I apply for observerships/externships?
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No problem. By the way, I'm assuming that you're a non-US citizen IMG, right? The stats for yog is different if you're a US citizen IMG (generally the more recent grads matched).

There is no unified process for applying for observerships and externships. I'd suggest you give yourself time to think about what your goals are (eg. where do you want to live in the US? What specialty do you want to apply for? What programs do you want to apply for and what's their criteria for observerships/externships? What kind of US doctor will be writing your Letter of Recommendation?)

The research process is very tedious. There are many programs out there offering observerships and some externships, and there are also services that offer placements. You can search online yourself. Another strategy is to try to make contacts on your own to try and do an observership.

USCE can really take a lot of months of work to arrange (applications, vaccination records, sending out criminal record checks, etc). Earlier you start the better.
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