To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, you must complete an Application for ECFMG Certification. You can access the Application for ECFMG Certification through Interactive Web Applications (IWA) on the ECFMG website. You must have your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number before you can begin the Application for ECFMG Certification. You must complete an Application for ECFMG Certification before you can apply to ECFMG for examination. For the current fee for submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification, see the Fees page of the ECFMG website.
Important Note: The Application for ECFMG Certification became a requirement for ECFMG Certification on September 15, 2010. International medical students/graduates who by this date had met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification and are applying to ECFMG for examination (for example, to retake an exam for the purpose of meeting a time limit imposed by a state medical licensing authority) are not required to complete an Application for ECFMG Certification.
As part of the Application for ECFMG Certification, you will be asked to confirm the name, date of birth, and gender in your ECFMG record. If this information is incorrect, you must have the information in your ECFMG record changed to reflect your correct name, date of birth, and/or gender before you can complete the Application for ECFMG Certification. Instructions for how to correct this information will be provided at the time of application.
If you are a medical school student, you will be asked to confirm that you are officially enrolled in a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and that the “Graduation Years” in IMED for your medical school are listed as “Current.” If you are a medical school graduate, you will be asked to confirm that you are a graduate of a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is listed in IMED and that your graduation year is included in the school’s IMED listing. To confirm that you meet these requirements, access IMED through the ECFMG website.
Important Note: FAIMER’s IMED will merge with the Avicenna Directory of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). This merger will result in a new, combined directory called the World Directory of Medical Schools. The World Directory is expected to become available in 2013. During the transition to the World Directory, IMED and the Avicenna Directory will remain open to ensure continuity of service. IMED and the Avicenna Directory will close when the World Directory is fully operational. International medical students and graduates should monitor the ECFMG website for detailed information.
Finally, the Application for ECFMG Certification will require you to confirm your understanding of the purpose of ECFMG Certification and release certain legal claims.
The information submitted in your Application for ECFMG Certification will become a part of your permanent ECFMG record.
Once submitted to ECFMG, your Application for ECFMG Certification typically becomes valid immediately, allowing you to apply for examination. A notification will be sent to the e-mail address in your ECFMG record confirming receipt of your Application for ECFMG Certification. Once your Application for ECFMG Certification has been submitted to ECFMG, it typically remains valid throughout the certification process. You can use OASIS to confirm that you have submitted an Application for ECFMG Certification.
Last updated: September 12, 2012
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