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Total Cost of U.S Residency Match Application Journey

How much money does it cost from the time you start thinking about the USMLE until you match into residency? Below is the total cost of the USMLE journey including the cost of taking the exams, clinical experience, research, and the match process.

Match

Cost of USMLE Step

To take Step 1, you have to pay $985, this will include a surcharge if you are taking the exam from outside the United States.

USMLE Step 1 Resources

You are going to need a lot of good resources to adequately prepare for USMLE Step 1. The resources that are a must for Step 1 are:

  • UWorld – costs $369 for a three-month subscription.
  • First Aid – costs $51
  • Board and Beyond – costs $129 for a three-month subscription.
  • Sketchy – costs $269 for a six-month subscription
  • Pathoma – costs $85 for a three-month subscription with videos
  • NBMEs –  At least 3 NBMEs are required to test yourself and each NBME costs $60. That is about $180 in total for the NBMEs.

Cost of USMLE Step 2 CK

To take Step  CK, you have to pay $985, this will include a surcharge of $200 if you are taking the exam from outside the United States.

USMLE Step 2 CK Resources

The resources you will need to adequately prepare for Step 2 CK include:

  • UWorld – costs  $369 for a three-month subscription
  • NBMEs – At least 3 NBMEs are required to test yourself and each NBME costs $60. That is about $180 in total for the NBMEs.

Others include the CMS forms which are $20 each.

Additional Services

Cost of OET

The Occupational English Test (OET) costs $500. Once you’re done with the OET, you will need need to get ECFMG certification. This will cost $900 with an additional $100 for verification of credentials.

Cost of Electives in the U.S.

The cost of electives varies and can be up to about $6000. On average, going for one elective will cost about $1500. To get three letters of recommendation, you may have to go for three electives which will cost you $4500 in all. The cost of food and accommodation also needs to be included. This is can cost up to $1000 for one month, equally $3000 for three months.

The cost to get a visa and book a flight to the U.S. also has to be included in the cost of electives. Health insurance and malpractice insurance, which cost $100 and $900 respectively for three months, also need to be included. This brings the total cost of doing electives in the U.S. to a minimum of $8500.

Match Fees

To apply for the match, the following are required:

ECFMG Services

  • ERAS Token = $155
  • Application for ECFMG Certification = $160
  • Application for J-1 Sponsorship = $370**  (** An additional $220 fee, payable to the Department of Homeland Security, is required of initial applicants for J-1 sponsorship.)
  • Medical School Transcript Translation = $250 (if needed)
  • CVS Verification of ECFMG Certification status to State Medical Licensing Authority = $66

ECFMG + USMLE

  • USMLE Transcript (Paper Copy) = $70 per request (up to 10)
  • USMLE Transcript (Electronic) = $80 (Once per ERAS season)

Application to a Pathway for ECFMG Certification for 2023 Match

  • $925

AAMC/ERAS

Programs Per Specialty

  • Up to 10 = $99
  • 11 – 20 = $17 each
  • 21 – 30 = $21 each
  • 31 or more = $26 each

NRMP

  • Registration Fee = $85 (includes the listing of up to 20 programs on the primary rank order list and up to 20 programs on all supplemental rank order lists combined)
  • Late Fee = $50 (after January 31st)
  • Couples = $45 additional per partner
  • Additional Programs = $30 per program (For rank order lists with 100 or more ranks, additional charges apply.)

In addition, consider these other costs:

  • Interviews:
    • Travel (to the interview and around the area)
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Clothes

 

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