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Old 10-03-2011
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What about applying to 2012 match before taking CS, but given i passed step 1 and 2 with both high 99 and registered for CS exam, what about my stance?!! I can give CS in early 2012, that's not recommended?!! what's the deadline of application, late November?!! can i apply with US letters but sending them later?!! I'm applying for surgery, i'm 2009 IMG from Egypt, currently i'm a resident of general surgery at my university, but i'm gonna serve in the army till dec 2012, that's why i can't give CS in 2012. Any suggestions?!
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Old 10-04-2011
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Hi. I have already applied to IM programs without having taken the step 2 CS. I'm scheduled to take it though on mid-October. If you really are serious in joining the 2012 Match, you should take the step 2 CS at the latest on December. But you should also look for programs that do not require the ECFMG certificate (FYI, you can only be ECFMG certified once you have passed step I, CK, CS and your medical school credentials have already been verified) before you can apply or before you can be considered for an interview. There are quite handful of IM programs that do not require the ECFMG certificate and they will only require it on February 2012. You can't take the CS on January 2012 because your results will not come out in time for the Match. If your present job can't allow you to take the CS in time, then I suggest you wait for the 2013 match...
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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