I've been reading in the ECFMG cd that one can register and enter the match without being certified by the ECFMG, you just need step1/2 finished. The trick is that one cannot start a program if matched without being certified. When do most residency programs begin, and how long does it take to earn the blessing of the ECFMG? I graduate in June (2003), wondering if I could start residency the same year... Thanks all.