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Organizational Members

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a private, nonprofit organization. ECFMG’s organizational members are:

  • American Board of Medical Specialties

    The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is a nonprofit organization that is comprised of 24 medical specialty Member Boards and oversees the certification of physician specialists in the United States. The primary function of ABMS is to assist its Member Boards in developing and implementing educational and professional standards to evaluate and certify physician specialists.
  • American Medical Association

    The American Medical Association (AMA) is a professional association of physicians and medical students in the United States whose mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. AMA helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
  • Association of American Medical Colleges

    The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) represents all 134 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 62 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 125,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 106,000 resident physicians. AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all.
  • Association for Hospital Medical Education

    The Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) is a national nonprofit, professional organization involved in the continuum of hospital-based medical education: undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. AHME’s more than 600 members represent teaching hospitals, academic medical centers, and consortia nationwide. The mission of AHME is to promote improvement in medical education to meet health care needs; serve as a forum and resource for medical education information; develop professionals in the field of medical education; and advocate the value of medical education in health care.
  • Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.

    The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is a national, nonprofit organization representing the 70 medical and osteopathic boards of the United States and its territories. The FSMB leads by promoting excellence in medical practice, licensure, and regulation as the national resource and voice on behalf of state medical and osteopathic boards in their protection of the public.
  • National Medical Association

    The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies.

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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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