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Old 11-12-2015
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Default Step 3 BEFORE Residency

I understand Step 3 exam can be attempted by any IMG after ECFMG certified (Step 1, Step 2CS and Step 2CK).

As per USMLE website,
"The USMLE program recommends that, for Step 3 eligibility, applicants should have completed, or be near completion of, at least one postgraduate training year in a US-accredited graduate medical education program that meets state board licensing requirements."

As per above, it is recommended to appear for the exam after joining residency program.

As per FSMB, some of the states have eligibility requirement of 1 month to 3 years of Residency experience before Step 3 exam can be attempted. Ex: NJ,NM,CO,DC,IL,IN,IA,ME,MN,MS,MT,NH,ND,OH,PA,TN,VT ,WA,WY.

I like to know whether IMGs who have passed Step 3 before joining residency program have faced any issues with regard to certification etc if they have joined above states where residency experience is a eligibility requirement. Please advice.
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