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Default When to take the USMLE step 2 CS?

Hello,

I am a fourth year medical student studying in London, UK (I am in the 5 year program). I am planning on participating in the 2014/2015 match and I am scheduling my USMLE step 2 CS examination. I would like my exam results to have been sent off to the programs that I am applying for before they begin opening applications. I was wondering, when do programs begin opening applications and looking at these examination results?

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Applications start in Sept. To guarantee to have your cs score report by then you need to take cs by May 17th, as per:

http://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting

But having your cs result by the opening date of applications is not completely necessary, i think the absolute requirement is just that you will be fully ECFMG certified by the end of the application season. Some programs prefer however that you are fully certified at the time you apply, and you would prob have a higher chance of getting more interviews if you were.
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i have it in june! when shud i expect results?
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the website as per the link above will tell you
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If u want to be ECFMG certified AT the time of application (sept 15),i think CS date BEFORE july 12 is safe..mine is on july 7th
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Hello,

I am a fourth year medical student studying in London, UK (I am in the 5 year program). I am planning on participating in the 2014/2015 match and I am scheduling my USMLE step 2 CS examination. I would like my exam results to have been sent off to the programs that I am applying for before they begin opening applications. I was wondering, when do programs begin opening applications and looking at these examination results?

Thank you
Mate, if you are a 4th year now and therefore will graduate in ~June 2015 you will struggle to get a match. This is because you will not be ECFMG certified until after you graduate. It takes 4-8 weeks to become ECFMG certified after you get your diploma. So if you graduate in June you will most likey not be ready for the start of residency until after the residency starts which is July 1st (some start earlier).

Also some programs will not interview you if you are not ECFMG certified at the time of application.

You need to find out exactly when you graduate and hope that programs won't instantly reject you since you will not be ECFMG certified when you apply.

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Applications start in Sept. To guarantee to have your cs score report by then you need to take cs by May 17th, as per:
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It takes 4-8 weeks to become ECFMG certified after you get your diploma.
I called ECFMG to specifically ask how long it takes to have the ECFMG certificate and they said it takes up to 10 business days once you have all your step 1 and 2 results.

It's true I haven't read it somewhere official, but I really don't think they were off with the information they have given me over the phone.
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I called ECFMG to specifically ask how long it takes to have the ECFMG certificate and they said it takes up to 10 business days once you have all your step 1 and 2 results.

It's true I haven't read it somewhere official, but I really don't think they were off with the information they have given me over the phone.
I got those times off what other applicants said.

The ECFMG certificate is not just USMLE results. You also need to submit your medical school diploma and transcript. And it takes time for your medical school to send the diploma and transcript. If your school does not participate in the electronic document submission, then it will take at least 2 extra weeks.

Most UK medical schools will graduate their students in June/July because Foundation year 1 doesn't start until August. Even if they graduate on June 1st. The school has to send the documents, and then ECFMG has to receive and process them. Best case scenario 3 weeks maybe? But most likely approaching 4. By this time most residencies will have started or be starting shortly. You then need to work out your visa, and state licensing.

Maybe if you graduate in May, you would be able to get it all done in time. But then you have to take into account that programs are not going to want to give you a position if you are going to start late. And what if you fail your final year and have to redo the year?

EDIT: It is recommended that you have ECFMG certification before you start applying because it does make your application stronger. And this means that you apply AFTER you graduate.
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Well.. Yes, you are absolutely wright, Chickenmuffn! I haven't taken into account the diploma and other documents submission. Those really take a while to process... I was only talking about the ideal situation in which the applicant has already submitted all the other documents to ECFMG in which case it would only take 10 business days.
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