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Statement of Values, Mission, and Purposes


The values of ECFMG are expressed in its vision statement:

“Improving world health through excellence in medical education in the context of ECFMG’s core values of collaboration, professionalism and accountability.”


The charge of ECFMG is expressed in its mission statement:

“The ECFMG promotes quality health care for the public by certifying international medical graduates for entry into U.S. graduate medical education, and by participating in the evaluation and certification of other physicians and health care professionals nationally and internationally. In conjunction with its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), and other partners, it actively seeks opportunities to promote medical education through programmatic and research activities.”


The purposes (goals) that actuate and accomplish ECFMG’s mission are to:

  • Certify the readiness of international medical graduates for entry into graduate medical education and health care systems in the United States through an evaluation of their qualifications.
  • Provide complete, timely, and accessible information to international medical graduates regarding entry into graduate medical education in the United States.
  • Assess the readiness of international medical graduates to recognize the diverse social, economic and cultural needs of U.S. patients upon entry into graduate medical education.
  • Identify the needs of international medical graduates to become acculturated into U.S. health care.
  • Verify credentials and provide other services to health care professionals worldwide.
  • Provide international access to testing and evaluation programs.
  • Expand knowledge about international medical education programs and their graduates by gathering data, conducting research, and disseminating the findings.
  • Improve international medical education through consultation and cooperation with medical schools and other institutions relative to program development, standard setting, and evaluation.
  • Improve assessment through collaboration with other entities in the United States and abroad.
  • Improve the quality of health care by providing research and consultation services to institutions that evaluate international medical graduates for entry into their country.
  • Enhance effectiveness by delegating appropriate activities in international medical education to FAIMER.

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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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Last updated December 16, 2011.
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