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Hi everybody I'm really in a bad situation that I need an urgent advise.
I just finished step 1 got the results 2 weeks back , also finished CK last year.
I was planning to apply for this year's match but I screwed up not applying for CS early , Now I have to take the test in the first 2 weeks of June if I wanna be ecfmg certified before September 15th, The problem is there are no spots available & I've just started studying which gives me about 3 weeks at most.& I have to leave the states by the 10th of June for personal reasons.

my question is how bad is it gonna be if I apply without CS & schedule it in September for example?
or should I wait for next year?

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Hi everybody I'm really in a bad situation that I need an urgent advise.
I just finished step 1 got the results 2 weeks back , also finished CK last year.
I was planning to apply for this year's match but I screwed up not applying for CS early , Now I have to take the test in the first 2 weeks of June if I wanna be ecfmg certified before September 15th, The problem is there are no spots available & I've just started studying which gives me about 3 weeks at most.& I have to leave the states by the 10th of June for personal reasons.

my question is how bad is it gonna be if I apply without CS & schedule it in September for example?
or should I wait for next year?

YOG: 2011
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step 2 : 212
1 month externship
1 U.S. LoR
3 Home country LoRs
U.S. citizen


please advise,I'm going crazy.
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this is bad. since you will miss out on a lot of interviews.
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this is bad. since you will miss out on a lot of interviews.
thank you so much for rapid reply .
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Now I have to take the test in the first 2 weeks of June if I wanna be ecfmg certified before September 15th
You have to take your test in the first 2 weeks of JULY! to be more precise until 13 of July. I think it is not impossible to catch free seat if you believe that it is enough for you 1,5-2 months.
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You have to take your test in the first 2 weeks of JULY! to be more precise until 13 of July. I think it is not impossible to catch free seat if you believe that it is enough for you 1,5-2 months.
Yeah I know , but I have to leave the states by the 10th of June for personal reasons , I'm really shattered don't know what to do, I was hoping to apply this year but it looks like it's not gonna happen.
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Hey Doc you are not alone, I'm in the same predicament that you are and I don't know what to do. But staying out of the match is not an option. I believe it is a better choice to register for September and pray for the score be reported on time for an interview to be granted in late December than waiting for the next match. I guess we would have to work extra hard to find programs that accept foreign medical graduates and have late interview periods. Everything is possible... so do not give up, go for the match this year.
I'm also waiting for a vacancy and i'm sure that there are many others waiting too. So we only have two choices:

1- Register in for September, October or

2- Take our chances and wait for a vacancy

Please, share your thoughts. I need to make a decision soon.
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Hey Doc you are not alone, I'm in the same predicament that you are and I don't know what to do. But staying out of the match is not an option. I believe it is a better choice to register for September and pray for the score be reported on time for an interview to be granted in late December than waiting for the next match. I guess we would have to work extra hard to find programs that accept foreign medical graduates and have late interview periods. Everything is possible... so do not give up, go for the match this year.
I'm also waiting for a vacancy and i'm sure that there are many others waiting too. So we only have two choices:

1- Register in for September, October or

2- Take our chances and wait for a vacancy

Please, share your thoughts. I need to make a decision soon.
well , my scores aren't that great , so applying without the cs is not a good idea for me , also you have to apply early in order to have a good chance that means your cs result have to be out before Sep 15 meaning that you have to take the test before Jul 17th,maybe you can do that & find a spot but in my case I have to go back to home country for my wedding & they keep telling me I have to be there for it , LOL
so I have to take the test before June 10th, plus I haven't study sh!t so far & thinking about all that makes me so nervous that I can't focus.
one more thing , if I or you apply this year without CS in hand we're gonna be filtered out by some programs & the chances aren't that great.
so we're p!ssing money away ,plus we're gonna be repeat applicants if we don't match which is a big possibility ,I'm losing my mind for real !!
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I actually have a question , how late in applying is considered late ?
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This is just bad !!
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It depends what you consider "late" and program you are applying for. Each program has its own deadline, check out FREIDA for programs deadlines.

The schedule for next year match is not out yet it will be available sometime in June, I believe. From 2013 Match I could tell you that the last day that you could summit your application without paying a feed was NOV. 30 and after that you could still summit your application by paying a feed. The last date all programs stop receiving applications was DEC 31. So your application has to be completed and sent to the program directors by dec. 31. Some programs do interview only until November but other run up to late January.
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well , my scores aren't that great , so applying without the cs is not a good idea for me , also you have to apply early in order to have a good chance that means your cs result have to be out before Sep 15 meaning that you have to take the test before Jul 17th,maybe you can do that & find a spot but in my case I have to go back to home country for my wedding & they keep telling me I have to be there for it , LOL
so I have to take the test before June 10th, plus I haven't study sh!t so far & thinking about all that makes me so nervous that I can't focus.
one more thing , if I or you apply this year without CS in hand we're gonna be filtered out by some programs & the chances aren't that great.
so we're p!ssing money away ,plus we're gonna be repeat applicants if we don't match which is a big possibility ,I'm losing my mind for real !!
You have to sort out your priorities in life. Wedding can wait. Being married is not good for career anyway!
Also, recent wedding and CS ( any test for that matter) don't go very well together
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Also, recent wedding and CS ( any test for that matter) don't go very well together
Why cant you get married after the match or at least after applying? why right now? if you are gonna leave the US because of something that can be "Postponed" then like novo said your priority is to get married and not to enter residency in the US.. is extremely obvious.. women can wait.. residency cannot
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Also, recent wedding and CS ( any test for that matter) don't go very well together
you're right , I wish I could postpone it but it's not an option for me , I guess I'll apply next year if I can't take the test before I leave , maybe take step 3 too & get more USCE , cause I feel bad about applying late when my CS is out , but still torn about the fact that I'm gonna miss out on this year but you won't get everything you want in life, thank Novobiocin for your feedback.
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you're right , I wish I could postpone it but it's not an option for me , I guess I'll apply next year if I can't take the test before I leave , maybe take step 3 too & get more USCE , cause I feel bad about applying late when my CS is out , but still torn about the fact that I'm gonna miss out on this year but you won't get everything you want in life, thank Novobiocin for your feedback.
Why cant you postpone it? I dont know the customs in your country but in mine I would tell her to wait until im ready to give her everything she deserves (bluff).. If there is something I have learned is never EVER change your career plans for any woman...
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Why cant you postpone it? I dont know the customs in your country but in mine I would tell her to wait until im ready to give her everything she deserves (bluff).. If there is something I have learned is never EVER change your career plans for any woman...
well as much as would love to postpone it , I can't because I already did it once to take step 1 & 2 , so this time would mean call it off which I would never do . she really helped me through rough times.
thanks XpaezX if you were in my situation what would you do ? other than postponing the wedding , which by the way wouldn't do much cause I'd have to take the test anyway before July 17th which there are no spots anyway.
also it'd be unacceptable when it comes to our customs.
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well as much as would love to postpone it , I can't because I already did it once to take step 1 & 2 , so this time would mean call it off which I would never do . she really helped me through rough times.
thanks XpaezX if you were in my situation what would you do ? other than postponing the wedding , which by the way wouldn't do much cause I'd have to take the test anyway before July 17th which there are no spots anyway.
In your situation I would install a program that allows me to check for any change in the dates and appointments for CS.. If it is truly impossible then I would get married but I think you are giving up to quick to find a spot...
And I see your customs are different.. so why asking us what to do? you have made up your mind.. there is no point in asking for advise
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already installed it & already studying as if I'm gonna take the test tomorrow, but looks like it's not gonna happen unless there's a miracle and someone cancels which is gonna be one day before the test as usual.
I never give up but circumstances always come in the way , I made a mistake & I guess I'm paying for it.

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already installed it & already studying as if I'm gonna take the test tomorrow, but looks like it's not gonna happen unless there's a miracle and someone cancels which is gonna be one day before the test as usual.
I never give up but circumstances always come in the way , I made a mistake & I guess I'm paying for it.

thank you so much for replying ,I really appreciate everybody taking the time to help.

Ok..I wish you the best of success
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you're right , I wish I could postpone it but it's not an option for me , I guess I'll apply next year if I can't take the test before I leave , maybe take step 3 too & get more USCE , cause I feel bad about applying late when my CS is out , but still torn about the fact that I'm gonna miss out on this year but you won't get everything you want in life, thank Novobiocin for your feedback.
OK here is my offer for you. Come to Philadelphia and I will prepare you for CS in three weeks so that you will be as (or better) prepared as anyone who passes. BUT you have to convince me why postponing your wedding is not an option.
I am sorry to say this but in my opinion if people who want you to get married on the arranged date can't understand what is in your best interest then they are not your well wishers (yeah...right.......coming from a complete stranger on the internet)
And as XpaezX said nothing in life is worth more than your career at this crucial stage. It is going to be so hard to get back to studies after a break like that.
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already installed it & already studying as if I'm gonna take the test tomorrow, but looks like it's not gonna happen unless there's a miracle and someone cancels which is gonna be one day before the test as usual.
You will get the date as people are always canceling all the time. I used check4change to get a date BUT you have to be real quick since those dates are taken up real quick (usually within 10 seconds as now nearly everyone is using check4change). I missed a few dates because I was not quick enough but got it on the third try weeks before my desired date.
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OK here is my offer for you. Come to Philadelphia and I will prepare you for CS in three weeks so that you will be as (or better) prepared as anyone who passes. BUT you have to convince me why postponing your wedding is not an option.
I am sorry to say this but in my opinion if people who want you to get married on the arranged date can't understand what is in your best interest then they are not your well wishers.
And as XpaezX said nothing in life is worth more than your career at this crucial stage. It is going to be so hard to get back to studies after a break like that.
well, it's a long long story , But to just sum it up & not to bore you to death with the details, it just has to happen ,I actually made a mistake during my step 1 prep that I had to postpone it once so that screwed up my time frame that's how I ended up in this pickle ,but I guess I'll be fine , I can do it in 3 weeks & god's willing (inshaa Allah) there will be an opening to take the test , cause I just can't adjust to the possibility that I put off my whole f**k'n career for another whole year,I'm tired & my life so far was not that easy , so I guess enough is enough , pray for me ,I guess that's all I need.
I'm not the kind of person to give up easily , actually I've made a lot of sacrifices to be where I am today , so I guess I'll be alright.

thank you so much guys for your support , & if anyone know where I can get the CSE videos I'd really appreciate it cause I'm having a hard time finding it.
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dont need to ...... just invite me at your wedding ....kidding

goodluck for your exam and i hope you get residency this year .... i have seen people who have been married before residency though they faced initial hardships but they eventually got the residency ..... but they conceived the very first year after the marriage ....and that was the biggest mistake i thought ..... and to make matter worst they were both preparing for the steps .... so in the end the girls mother had to come to take care of the baby ....infact she took the baby back home for 6 months or so ....though it was difficult for the girl but they had no choice ....now they are very successful though they remember that time as a nightmare but tell me that was worth it
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goodluck for your exam and i hope you get residency this year .... i have seen people who have been married before residency though they faced initial hardships but they eventually got the residency ..... but they conceived the very first year after the marriage ....and that was the biggest mistake i thought ..... and to make matter worst they were both preparing for the steps .... so in the end the girls mother had to come to take care of the baby ....infact she took the baby back home for 6 months or so ....though it was difficult for the girl but they had no choice ....now they are very successful though they remember that time as a nightmare but tell me that was worth it
I know it's not easy but I guess we have to adapt to the current circumstances,I mean I've always had.
I guess that way you actually feel the accomplishment after you get residency
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I guess that way you actually feel the accomplishment after you get residency
hmm ... you are right though ..... but dont rush her to get into the US straight away ...... i would recommend you to search for the residency first ...and if you get it ....then you can ....because this will affect you both ....
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hmm ... you are right though ..... but dont rush her to get into the US straight away ...... i would recommend you to search for the residency first ...and if you get it ....then you can ....because this will affect you both ....
yeah I know , I won't actually come back unless there's an IV , I've been living here in the states for about 15 years now so I know how hard it is to start a family here with the crappy jobs that are out there
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well,what do you know !!
received my scheduling permit this morning , 5 minutes later found a spot June 12th,took it (Alhamd le Allah)

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Good luck. Which center did you get?
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Remember, passive reading is not good enough for this test you must do active practice with a study partner. It is very imporatnt to get your timing right since time flies on the real test and there is no time to think.
Thanks Novobiocin , I got LA ( I actually wanted a girl ), I was so anxious that I scheduled the test without even looking at the testing center.
I'm starting next week till the day of the test with a live study partner , do you think it's enough time ?

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I'm starting next week till the day of the test with a live study partner , do you think it's enough time ?
Yes that's enough time BUT depends on your progress and how good you SP is.
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Just a thought;
it's amazing how one day we feel that the world is crashing down around us & the next day it's as good as new.
one day I was thinking about not applying this year because I thought I'll never find a spot , now I changed my test date a couple of times even moved it from LA to Atlanta , I guess a lot of people cancel.
I guess when you really want something, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.
good luck everybody.
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Just a thought;
it's amazing how one day we feel that the world is crashing down around us & the next day it's as good as new.
one day I was thinking about not applying this year because I thought I'll never find a spot , now I changed my test date a couple of times even moved it from LA to Atlanta , I guess a lot of people cancel.
I guess when you really want something, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.
good luck everybody.
I've read a lot of stories in this forum and I appreciate everybody's input but yours takes the cake!! congrats man!! Really happy to see u make it! I'm in a similar situation but I'm so glad I read yours because I think yours is worse than mine (barely)!! made me feel a lot better and hopeful. So, hats of to you!! And (since everybody is budding in...) marry the girl, already!!! We shouldn't put our lives on hold forever...
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Just a thought;
it's amazing how one day we feel that the world is crashing down around us & the next day it's as good as new.
one day I was thinking about not applying this year because I thought I'll never find a spot , now I changed my test date a couple of times even moved it from LA to Atlanta , I guess a lot of people cancel.
I guess when you really want something, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.
good luck everybody.

Wow... I mean i kno m bumping in this thread but ur story is really interesting and thrilling... Clearly Fortune Favours the Brave... Congrats.. Ans Xpaezx and novobiocin m so impressed wid ur frank and practical advice.. I mean if somebody has u as der friend or advisor I m sure he can sail thru d hardest times... And helping out so sincerely, I really can't express how happy I am that I share d forum with u... Keep up d good work guyz... All d very best to all of u..
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