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Before applying for USMLE, international medical students/graduates must:
To apply for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and/or Step 2 CS, use ECFMG's Interactive Web Applications (IWA). A complete application consists of the on-line part, which you complete using IWA; the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183), which you obtain through IWA; and any other required documents, as outlined in IWA and in this publication.
Detailed instructions accompany the application for examination. Follow the instructions carefully and answer all questions completely. You should review the instructions before you begin working on the application. Some of the necessary items require advance planning. These items may include photographs, official signatures, and additional documents, such as photocopies of your medical diploma if you are a medical school graduate. If your application is not complete, it will be rejected.
ECFMG will notify you by e-mail when your application is received. You can check the status of your application on-line using OASIS.
ECFMG will process your exam application and determine your eligibility to take the exam(s) you requested. ECFMG processes exam applications typically within three weeks of receipt of the complete application. If you are a student enrolled in a medical school that participates in EMSWP or if you are a graduate of a medical school that participates in EMSWP and your medical education credentials have not been primary-source verified by ECFMG, ECFMG cannot complete the processing of your application until your medical school verifies your status through EMSWP. ECFMG will make your record available to your medical school and request verification typically within three weeks of receipt of a complete application. The time needed to complete the processing of your application is contingent upon your medical school's response to the EMSWP verification request. See Medical School Students or Medical School Graduates in Applying for Examination.
Once your exam application has been processed, ECFMG will notify you of the outcome of your application. For eligible applicants, important information about scheduling and taking the exams will be issued.
Important Note: Applications and other requests for services will not be processed if it is determined that doing so would be considered violative of any applicable federal laws or regulations.
Last updated: September 15, 2011
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