About ECFMG Certification | Requirements for ECFMG Certification | Standard ECFMG Certificate | Validity of Examinations for Entry into Graduate Medical Education
International medical graduates who wish to enter an accredited program of graduate medical education in the United States must be certified by ECFMG.
ECFMG issues the Standard ECFMG Certificate to applicants who meet all of the requirements for certification. International medical graduates must also pay any outstanding charges on their ECFMG financial accounts before their certificates are issued. Standard ECFMG Certificates are sent approximately two weeks after all of these requirements have been met. Currently, ECFMG sends the Standard ECFMG Certificate to the applicant’s address of record by Federal Express. If the address in your ECFMG record is a U.S. post office box, the certificate will be sent by certified mail.
The Standard ECFMG Certificate includes:
Important Note: Prior to June 14, 2004, passing performances on an English language proficiency test and the ECFMG Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) were requirements for ECFMG Certification. Passing performances on these exams were subject to expiration for the purpose of entering U.S. programs of graduate medical education; Standard ECFMG Certificates based on these exams may list “valid through” dates, the dates through which the passing performances are valid for this purpose. Effective June 14, 2004, some of these examinations are no longer subject to expiration, regardless of whether a “valid through” date is listed on the Standard ECFMG Certificate. See Validity of Examinations for Entry into Graduate Medical Education in ECFMG Certification.
Last updated: September 15, 2011
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