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Old 06-23-2010
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Help When should I take CS

Hi Docs!

I have aced step 1 and am now studying for CK. A few weeks ago I received an email from ECFMG Reporter that if one wants to mach in 2011 he/she must take CS by december of this year. I can't really understand this and how it relates to me. Let me tell u what I got from this and what I intend to do from now on:

As for as I know from ECFMG Information Booklet the interviews for residency starts after Sept, the peak IVs take place in Nov-Dec. After this the match starts in Jan-Mar of next year and subsequently residency starts in June. Now as they've announced that those IMGs who want to participate the next match (which will obviously in Jan-May 2010) must pass CS by Dec of this year (2010). As I may take my CK by Nov this year and probably CS by April 2011, so hopefully if I pass these two and am ECFMG certified by June-July 2011, then will I be eligible to apply for residency in the Sept 2011 and get IVs in Nov-Dec 2011 and if I succeed and get matched in 2012 and start residency by this same year (2012)? or God forbed that I won't be eligible and would match in the year 2013?
I am so confused and worry about that!!!
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The ECFMG letter was sent to every ECFMG registrant and is not necessarily applicable to you.

That letter means that if you don't take the CS by December 31st 2010 then the results won't be available in time before the end of the match application deadline which is February 2011 and therefore you won't be able to match in March 2011. However, for practical purposes you even need to take the CS before December 2010 to match in March 2011 because in reality 99% of programs choose their interviewees by October or maximum November so for IMGs they will have minimal chances of actually getting the interview because the program director want to make sure that an IMG will actually pass the CS, the story maybe different for AMGs because they have over 95% pass rate in CS so they get interviews even if they don't have CS by the time of the interview but anyway they have to pass the CS before December 2010 so that the results are out before the rank order list which happens in end of February 2011.

Now, in your case, your plan is perfectly OK. Your are not applying for the 2011 match, you are applying for the 2012 match, so that letter does not apply for you. If you want to apply it for you then it must say (you have to take CS before December 31 2011, in order to be matched in March 2012).

Is that clear for you, please let me know if you still have doubts.
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Thank u doctor!

It's clear for me, therefore I am relaxed now and will carry on my CK prep .

All the best for u in ur life!!!
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How long does it take for CS results to be ready?

So if one wants to match in 2012 its better to have the results ready before September or October?
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How long does it take for CS results to be ready?

So if one wants to match in 2012 its better to have the results ready before September or October?
You are better to be ECFMG certified before September to maximize your chances.
CS results takes any where between 6 weeks and three months.
To see the official CS results release dates check this page
http://www.usmle.org/Examinations/st...reporting.html
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You are better to be ECFMG certified before September to maximize your chances.
CS results takes any where between 6 weeks and three months.
To see the official CS results release dates check this page
http://www.usmle.org/Examinations/st...reporting.html
Sabio,

1. From your point of view what is a reasonable time-line for step 2 CK and CS in order to be already ECFMG in September.
2. Is study for step 2 CK just as intensive as step 1. Is it possible to study and work part time?

much appreciated!
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Sabio,

1. From your point of view what is a reasonable time-line for step 2 CK and CS in order to be already ECFMG in September.
2. Is study for step 2 CK just as intensive as step 1. Is it possible to study and work part time?

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I'd say you do the CS before CK, so that you can do the CK as late as August and so you have more time to prep. CS needs not more than 3 weeks of prep if your English is good.
The CK study is not as intensive as Step 1. I'd say it needs 50% of the efforts.
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I'd say you do the CS before CK, so that you can do the CK as late as August and so you have more time to prep. CS needs not more than 3 weeks of prep if your English is good.
The CK study is not as intensive as Step 1. I'd say it needs 50% of the efforts.
I'm going to keep note of this. You gave me something to think about. Thanks Sabio!
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