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Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC℠)
ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) is a powerful and innovative web-based tool for the world’s physicians and the entities responsible for evaluating their credentials. Through EPIC, physicians upload their medical credentials, have those credentials primary-source verified, and request to have verification reports for those credentials sent electronically to any organization, anywhere in the world. For the world’s medical regulatory authorities, hospitals, medical schools, and training programs that receive these reports, EPIC is a powerful tool to help them evaluate the credentials of their physician applicants, providing the assurance that those credentials have been authenticated through primary-source verification, a best practice.

Electronic Credentials Verification
ECFMG’s electronic Credentials Verification is an innovative program for international medical schools that makes the process of verifying credentials faster, easier, and more efficient. Schools can now verify over the Internet the credentials of their graduates who apply for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The program replaces the paper “Verification of Medical Education” Form 327-A. Electronic Credentials Verification is free and is available through the secure ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP).

Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxsm)
Currently in a pilot phase, ECFMG’s Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) will be an on-line system to both simplify and enhance the process of educational elective exchange for medical schools and students around the world. Through GEMx, medical schools will be able to showcase their elective exchange opportunities, manage student applications, and monitor outgoing student activity. Students will use GEMx to search for electives and apply directly to participating schools for those opportunities that fit their medical career goals and international interests. GEMx will make information on medical exchange opportunities more widely available, and help address the need for greater international medical training in an increasingly globalized world. To develop this exciting new service, ECFMG is collaborating with members of the international medical education community—entities that share our commitment to promoting quality health care through excellence in medical education—to understand challenges and innovate solutions. A pilot of the GEMx system is currently underway to assess functionality and ensure that GEMx meets the real-world needs of the medical schools and students engaging in global exchanges. The pilot, which began in November 2013, is expected to run for approximately one year.

Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification
Effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. ECFMG believes that this additional requirement for ECFMG Certification will stimulate the development of a meaningful, universally accepted system of accreditation for undergraduate medical education outside the United States and Canada.

Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU)
The Composite Committee that establishes policies for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®)—a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States—called for a comprehensive review of the entire USMLE program. This review led to a series of modifications to test content representation, to changes in a number of existing test formats, and to developmental efforts intended to expand the types of competencies addressed by USMLE.

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ECFMG Fast Facts

  • Established in 1956
  • Private, nonprofit organization
  • Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Employs more than 800 people

ECFMG issued the first Standard ECFMG Certificates in 1958. Since then, it has certified more than 320,000 international medical graduates.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Evaluating the qualifications of international medical graduates
  • International medical schools
  • Physician credentials related to medical education, training, and licensure
  • Assessing clinical skills
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