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Do residency programs want the certification when you apply and does it give you an edge if you do have it? (i.e. better to wait a year)

I graduate in June 2005 and can't apply for the certification until then, however I am hoping to finish Step2 before application starts and take the CSA before December. Apply for 2005 match.

For anyone who matched right out of school, can you let me know how you worked these details out and did you have problems?



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I took the CSA in June. Step 2 was done in September. The programs don't require ECFMG prior to application. However, many will want the cert before they will rank you or to know you have passed the required exams (CSA and Step 1 and 2. . .TOEFL of course). It depends on the program. Call them. They will tell you what they need.
I graduated in November and my ECFMG certification was finalized in late January. If you finish your rotations earlier you should try to apply for early graduation to speed things along. Good Luck.

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docmojo is correct for the most part. However, I and others have had experience with programs that wouldn't process our apps or interview us without ECFMG certification. This is not most programs but be aware that there are some which will require it. As long as you have everything done for certification by ROL day, most programs will accept this as good as done.


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Remember that when programs screen the applicants, they can do whatever they want. So the more complete your application is, the better. Do what you can to get certified ASAP.

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