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Hello everyone!
i looked at so many websites but still i couldn't find what i was looking for. Can you simply explain the residency matching process A-Z?
For example 1-Step 1, 2-Step 2 CS, 3-Step 2 CK, 4-Step 3 and after that?..
I mean, after i took these examinations, what else do i need to take?

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Hello everyone!
i looked at so many websites but still i couldn't find what i was looking for. Can you simply explain the residency matching process A-Z?
For example 1-Step 1, 2-Step 2 CS, 3-Step 2 CK, 4-Step 3 and after that?..
I mean, after i took these examinations, what else do i need to take?

Thank you.
Basically its like this (this happens during a match season which starts every year with submission of applications to programs through ERAS in September, to march when the match outcome is announced; the residency for matched applicants starts around June/July)

1) To get a residency, you need an offer from/match to a program.

2) To get that, you need to make sure a program ranks you high enough in match. This to a large extent depends on your interview(s) with program(s).

3) To get an interview, you need to be ECFMG certified( atleast for IMGs(International Medical Graduates), and have a strong application.

4) To become ECFMG certified, you need to have passed USMLE Step 1, 2CK and 2CS. To have a strong application, you need to score high at these and pass at first attempt (other factors include USCE (US clinical experience), Research, Visa status, Time after graduation, Letters of Recommendation(LORs) etc)

5) Step 3 is not required for match. But it is required to be passed any time after ECFMG certification and by the end of Intern year of residency (the first year). (you are also required to pass it before match if you desire an H1b visa, else you can only get J1)

This to my knowledge, is all there is to it in simple terms. Now, each of the point that I listed has a lot that you would need to know about. That can be found on various websites, including USMLE, ECFMG, this forum(usmle-forums), various blogs, youtube etc
 

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Thanks -rip-

Just one more question i have. What are the things than i can do to became more eligible for gettig matched before i graduate (i'm in my third year, so i have time)
For example learning spanish? Volunteering in social activites? Summer observerships?

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Thanks -rip-

Just one more question i have. What are the things than i can do to became more eligible for gettig matched before i graduate (i'm in my third year, so i have time)
For example learning spanish? Volunteering in social activites? Summer observerships?

Thank you
The eligibility requirement is only ECFMG certification. Among the best things you can do while in med school to improve your application include:
1) Doing clinical elective rotations in the US (you can only do these while you are a student, because after you graduate, you are very limited by the kind of rotations you can do).

2) Getting done with atleast 1 USMLE Step 1 exam during your med school. The goal being you would want to be ECFMG certified soon after graduation, so that you can participate in the earliest match season.

I am still in the process too, so I can only tell you what I know as of yet. Learning spanish can be help in clinical practice. But, for matching, it would make little, to no difference. Volunteering and other extra curricular activities do look a little nice but they too have extremely low importance in match, unless you hit something big, like at international level. Doing observerships/research electives in the US before your final year can be helpful, in networking, getting US LORs, few programs can accept it as USCE etc. But final year cinical electives help the most.

But, as you can see in one of the polls on this website, the most important factor affecting your application is the USMLE scores. Followed by others, like Visa status, USCE.
 
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