Frequently Asked Questions FAQs about USMLE and Residency by Dr. Naeem Majeed
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RELEVANT TO
USMLE, MATCH & RESIDENCY
by Dr Naeem Majeed
HOW TO APPLY (FOR IMGs):
1. Go to ECFMG website
2. Get your USMLE/ECFMG ID using the Interactive Web Application Service (IWA)
3. Once you get the ID (in your email inbox), you can apply for the desired exam.
4. You need not apply for a separate ID each time. The same ID account will be used for all your exams, and for residency
application using ERAS. Multiple IDs are not permitted.
5. When you apply for the first time, you will have to submit a printed form 183 or 186, after getting it verified from your medical institute.
6. Form 183 will be used if you are still a medical student at the time of applying,
7. Form 186 will be used if you have graduated
8. Once done with the application online and mailing (through courier/physical mail), you will have to wait to get your eligibility period
9. After you get the eligibility period and scheduling permit, you have to go to the Thomson Prometric website www.prometric.com and get the desired dates
Read carefully the information provided at ECFMG, USMLE and Prometric websites, to avoid undue confusions at later stages!
WHEN TO APPLY?
If you can manage it with your studies, it is best recommended to take the step 1 as early as possible, after you are eligible for it, and have completed the relevant subjects in your medical college curriculum. In the Pakistani System being currently practiced, the best time is from the early days of final year to the mid of final year.
If you cannot manage, which is the case with most of the students, keep reading standard books for the college studies. As soon as your final professional ends, start preparing for step 1. Follow the schedule for the preparation available here, or make a similar schedule for yourself, depending on your absorption powers. Some people prepare and score well in as little as 3 months, and some may take up to a year.
Legal Issues: Eligibility::
You become eligible for step 1 as soon as you get the result of first professional (in the Pakistani System). The minimum requirement is to have completed two years of education at a medical college. Thus, legally you can take step 1 in 3rd Year.
Then why not take it then? Reason: Step 1 tests you in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Behavioral Sciences, Microbiology and Pathology. In our system, we are taught only anatomy, physiology and biochemistry by the end of 2nd Year. Which means, though legally eligible, we are not prepared to take the test after 2nd Year.
What are the costs involved in the whole USMLE-Match-Residency Process?
*Costs for travel and stay, food etc can be saved if you have relatives.
** The first 10 programs cost $60 per program, 11-20 cost $8 per program, 21-30 cost $15 per program, and from 31 onwards, each program costs $ 25. A calculation made to clear the things:
10 progs=$60 (total)
20 progs= $140
30 progs= $290
40 progs= $540
50 progs= $790
(this is for one specialty... each sp will be counted separately... ie; if u apply to 10 progs in IM and 10 in peds, u pay $120).
Note: These are just estimates. Actual costs may vary depending upon the circumstances. Please refer to relevant websites before making your final decisions.