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    I've just started final year of medicine in the UK. After doing my elective in the U.S. I'm considering applying for residency there.

    I have read the many, MANY USMLE threads on here, but actually coordinating a residency application seems extremely tricky time-wise.

    Given I am also studying for finals this year, does anyone have any suggestions on the best time to sit steps 1 and 2 (for me)?

    Also what sort of time frame should I expect between sitting steps 1 and 2? (I understand step 2 CS has to be sat in the U.S.)
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    When do you want to move or are you just doing it as a Plan B/Vanity Project?

    Do you get another elective in your final year?
    I think the keen beans at my medical school did it then or first part then & finished in F1 as they moved part way through F1 or at F2 stage.
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    (Original post by Elles)
    When do you want to move or are you just doing it as a Plan B/Vanity Project?

    Do you get another elective in your final year?
    I think the keen beans at my medical school did it then or first part then & finished in F1 as they moved part way through F1 or at F2 stage.
    Thank you for the reply. I'm wanting to move asap after graduating really. I have a reasonable amount research experience and have made plenty of good contacts in the US for a mildly competitive application. The elective is done only as part of 4th year at our med school, and I hadn't actually considered actually moving there until now. So I'm starting from scratch here trying to put some sort of USMLE / application plan together!
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    My game plan at the moment is as follows (could anyone comment on whether this is a realistic time frame or not?):

    - start studying for step 1 now (sept 2016) a couple of hours a day plus full weekends (weekdays dedicated to studying for finals)
    - revise full time May 2017 - Aug 2017. Sit step 1 in Aug 2017.
    - sit steps 2 ck and cs Aug - December 2017
 
 
 
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