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hi,everyone here.im new to USMLE.i am medical student who is currently studying in RUssia.i want to know that if i plan to take step1 in 2011 july,when should i register to ECFMG?
can anyone tell me what is procedure of applying ECFMG until getting a sit for USMLE generally?
thanks a lot.:)
 

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I think u should take the exam when you graduate, that's better than takin it while you are a student because the questions in the exam are all clinical scenarios, so you will definitely get better score .. that's my suggestion for you
 

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You are eligible for step 1 if you have completed your basic medical sciences. A lot of non-US based programs continue basic sciences into their third or even fourth year of medical school. Your school has to certify that you have completed the basic sciences and that you are a student in good standing at the University and you can register.

thx for the suggestion.
but i thought step 1 is eligible for 3rd year medical students.
 

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If you have completed your studies you can get the process stared now. It takes about 2 months with ecfmg. Prometric centers can fill up so you should schedule it so that you are done with ecfmg at least 2 months in advance so if you want to write in July you should start the process by late January or February.
 

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Thank you for posting those questions ethan kien, I have some similar questions as well and part of it cleared now. I had one other query, I will finish my basic sciences by July 2012 and suppose I'm thinking of sitting the exam in December 2012. I will be having a big exam spanning June, July and August so I can't get into the application & verification process then so I was thinking of doing it earlier perhaps in Feb & March of 2012 when I'll still be 3 months short of completing the basic science part of the curriculum. Could I do that because I wouldn't be taking the step 1 before finishing the basic science part but in order to secure a date, can I register earlier? Will it be possible to start the process in September and schedule a date for Dec/Jan/Feb?

Here we are required to do ward rounds and also start the clinical subjects of Medicine & Surgery simultaneously with the second part of our basic science curriculum, so I've started it and will have 1 and 1/2 years of exposure to clinical environment/subjects and hope that'll help with regard what zaoidy said.

Again I'm embarrassed posting such long queries that possibly sound vague (esp again in front of ashishkabir) :eek: but you guys are so helpful I hope you won't mind!
 

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:) You don't have to be embarassed - sometimes even I don't understand what I'm talking about :)

In terms of when you can apply, you can do either system. My suggestion is always the following: Whenever you think you will write the test, start your block from there - so if you want to write the test in December, pick the block December, January, February. That way, if you want to change your date, you can. Nobody I have ever met voluntarily changes their date to an earlier date so it's just a suggestion.

You can start the process in September if you want to apply for December and I think most likely you'll me able to make your deadline but just to be safe I would recommend starting now and then if the school takes a long time to send back form 183 (sometimes schools lose the form or dont know what to do with it... its confusing for them if they are not experts at filing USMLE paperwork) you'll still be fine. Pick your block and then the papers even if they come in by June or July and you get your email from ECFMG that your scheduling permit is available that late you can still pick a good date in December.

If you're really busy with your second professionals make sure your study pace is not lost. The last three months of prep time require a number of days during which you must write 8 hour exams to simulate the actual exam day. Make sure you budget time for that. Its better to do this exam a year late rather than with a poor score.

Hope that helps!

Thank you for posting those questions ethan kien, I have some similar questions as well and part of it cleared now. I had one other query, I will finish my basic sciences by July 2012 and suppose I'm thinking of sitting the exam in December 2012. I will be having a big exam spanning June, July and August so I can't get into the application & verification process then so I was thinking of doing it earlier perhaps in Feb & March of 2012 when I'll still be 3 months short of completing the basic science part of the curriculum. Could I do that because I wouldn't be taking the step 1 before finishing the basic science part but in order to secure a date, can I register earlier? Will it be possible to start the process in September and schedule a date for Dec/Jan/Feb?

Here we are required to do ward rounds and also start the clinical subjects of Medicine & Surgery simultaneously with the second part of our basic science curriculum, so I've started it and will have 1 and 1/2 years of exposure to clinical environment/subjects and hope that'll help with regard what zaoidy said.

Again I'm embarrassed posting such long queries that possibly sound vague (esp again in front of ashishkabir) :eek: but you guys are so helpful I hope you won't mind!
 
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