Alternative Step 2CS Pathways

ECFMG Announces Alternative Step 2CS Pathways for IMG Certification – 2021 Match Cycle

The ECFMG has just announced 5 alternative Step 2CS pathways for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeking eligibility for the 2021 Match Cycle. Ordinarily, for IMGs to become ECFMG Certified (and therefore allowed to begin residency in the United States), they must first pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, and 2CS. However, the USMLE recently announced
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Official Services Respond to 12-18 Month Delay of USMLE Step 2CS

The USMLE sent a shockwave through the residency community this Tuesday, May 26th, 2020, when they announced that testing for USMLE Step 2CS would be delayed for 12-18 months.  This brings up serious questions, for example: What about all the students applying to residency that have yet to complete Step 2CS?  Let’s look at what
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Residency Application Fees 2021

Fees for the 2020-21 US Medical Residency Application Cycle

Prepared residency applicants know there are many costs and fees along the road to residency. Early awareness of these fees will help those applying for US medical residency to better organize their financial resources and budget accordingly. Below are all of the fees and costs associated with the US Medical Residency Application process from start
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2020-2021 Residency Application Cycle: Complete IMG Timeline and Checklist

IMG U.S. Medical Residency Application Timeline and Checklist This year, due to COVID-19, there are several VERY IMPORTANT changes to the residency application timeline. Key differences in the application timeline are signified in red. We urge you to pay close attention.  Below is a timeline of events with additional suggested actions per time period for
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No More Standardized Video Interview (SVI) – AAMC Discontinues SVI

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has made an interesting decision that will affect thousands of applicants in the coming years. After launching their initial pilot program in 2016, the AAMC decided that there will be no more Standardized Video Interview (SVI) beginning in the 2020-21 residency application cycle. The SVI initially launched as
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When is it Too Late to Apply to ERAS for Residency?

It might be mid-October, November, or even later and you are asking yourself, “Am I too late to apply to ERAS for medical residency?” In short, it is very possible that some programs’ application deadlines have already passed and applying to them would simply be a waste of time and resources. However, what about the
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Should I Wait Until I Have All My LoRs Before Applying to ERAS?

As with all tricky questions regarding applying through ERAS for medical residency, let’s get one thing straight. There is no “right” answer to whether or not you should wait until you have all your LoRs before applying to ERAS. However, we’ll do our best to explore the pros and cons of possible solutions. First, let’s
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Residency Reapplicant

Do Programs Know if I’m a Residency Reapplicant on ERAS?

There is nothing in ERAS (at the time of publishing this article) that indicates or tells programs whether or not you are a residency reapplicant.  If you applied to ERAS in years past, the only way programs will know this is if you applied to their program directly and they happen to recognize your name
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An Approach to No USMLE Step 2 CK Score

(Content Updated: August  7, 2019) At this point, medical residency candidates are in the final stretch of putting their ERAS residency applications together. However, there is a group of candidates who have components of their application missing whether it’s a document like Letters of Recommendation, or a USMLE exam score. With this factor in mind,
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ERAS Application 2017-18 for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

ERAS Residency Application Components Guide for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Below are descriptions for each of the ERAS Residency Application Components, including those specifically for IMGs. The information included for each component is: The component + a brief description ** How many documents you are allowed per submitted application (in parentheses) Who is responsible for submitting Where to submit Processing Time Any hints or tips
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