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Old 01-04-2019
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1. A friend of mine, 20+ YOG, from a not so welcomed country (but not very bad though), need J1. His just got his Step1 as 250. He wants to apply for Psych. Should he continue step 2?
2. Another friend, he passed his Step 2 in Feb. 8th, 2012. When can he register his step 2 again? Register after Feb 8th or take exam after Feb 8th?
3. As a 20+ YOG IMG, 1 year US psychiatry CE, any chance?
Any honest answer will be appreciated.

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Old 01-15-2019
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Hello, here is the best advice we can offer for your questions:

1) Yes, J1s are sponsored by the ECFMG and you must be ECFMG certified in order to get a J1. Certification requires passing Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS.

2) From the ECFMG: "Time Limit for Completing Examination Requirements
ECFMG policy requires that international medical students/graduates pass the USMLE Steps and Step Components required for ECFMG Certification within a seven-year period. This means that once you pass a Step or Step Component, you will have seven years to pass all of the other Step(s) or Step Component(s) required for ECFMG Certification. This seven-year period begins on the exam date of the first Step or Step Component passed and ends exactly seven years from that exam date.

If you do not pass all required Steps and Step Components within a maximum of seven years, your earliest USMLE passing performance will no longer be valid for ECFMG Certification. It is your responsibility to track your progress toward meeting the exam requirements for ECFMG Certification. ECFMG will not notify you of upcoming deadlines to meet the seven-year requirement and will not notify you if one (or more) of your passing performances becomes invalid for ECFMG Certification because you failed to meet the seven-year requirement."

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3) The longer one is out of graduation, often, the harder it is to obtain a position. 20 years is a very long time and you would be on the low end of the competitive scale.

However, learn how to boost your application strength as an older candidate:
Questions about the medical residency program application process? Feel free to call Match A Resident at (858) 221-8510 or
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