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Discussion in 'General International Discussion' started by ericdamiansean, May 9, 2007.

  1. ericdamiansean

    ericdamiansean High Profiler 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    I would like to know, when would be the best time for an IMG, right after graduation, to start the entire whole process for Step 1, 2 etc so that the entire process of application is shortest?
    I heard that Step 1 is taken in July? Can both be taken at the same time to decrease the amount of time needed prior to the CSA etc?
    Perhaps an example like:
    July: Step 1 etc
    Sept: Step 2
    Nov: CSA
    Jan: Match etc
    (I know the above is a really bad example)
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    You can take the exams at any time and for Steps 1 and 2, in any order (you must pass both Steps 1 and 2 before taking Step 3).

    Step 1 is usually taken by US medical students between the end of 2nd year and the start of 3rd, so around May/June, but you can take it anytime you want, throughout the year.

    I do not think there is any restriction to taking Steps 1 and 2 close to each other, although "at the same time" would be difficult if you mean taking them back to back on the same days...but I suppose its possible. I took Step 1 in September, and Step 2 in early October. I wanted to know I passed Step 1 before going onto the rest of the exams.

    The earlier you take Steps 1 and 2, the earlier you can take CSA.
  4. sga430

    sga430 Banned Banned

    Jan 29, 2006
    aim to have everything in by october of the year u apply. make sure u apply on day one and then whatever else needs to be added can be uploaded to the ERAS. for example if it is an LoR u upload in lets say November, upload it then but also email it to the programs u applied to.

    also apply wide. i applied to 170+ programs and got 48 invites.
  5. ericdamiansean

    ericdamiansean High Profiler 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    I was thinking of working in my home country for a year and along the way, sit for all the exams etc. I hope having some working experience would help me in the CSA

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