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To be eligible for certification by ECFMG, an international medical graduate (IMG) must meet the following requirements.
Application for ECFMG Certification
International medical students/graduates must submit an Application for ECFMG Certification before they can apply to ECFMG for examination. The Application for ECFMG Certification consists of questions that require applicants to confirm their identity, contact information, and graduation from or enrollment in a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination. As part of the application, international medical students/graduates must also confirm their understanding of the purpose of ECFMG Certification and release certain legal claims.
To meet the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification, an IMG must:
1. Satisfy the medical science examination requirement. USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) are the exams currently administered that satisfy this requirement.
2. Satisfy the clinical skills requirement. USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) is the exam currently administered that satisfies this requirement.
There are time limits for completing the examinations for ECFMG Certification. For detailed information, including information on time limits and using a passing performance on former exams to satisfy these requirements, see Examinations for ECFMG Certification in the ECFMG Information Booklet.
Additionally, ECFMG must obtain primary-source verification of the IMG’s medical diploma and transcript(s).