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Change to ECFMG’s Transfer Credit Policy for IMGs Applying for ECFMG Certification and USMLE

To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, an international medical graduate (IMG) must have been awarded credit for at least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given toward completion of the medical curriculum) by a school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination. ECFMG’s transfer credit policy places restrictions on credits transferred to the degree-granting medical school that can be used to meet this requirement.

Effective July 14, 2015, ECFMG modified its transfer credit policy for IMGs who apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). Following is the modified transfer credit policy, which represents an update to the ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are credits earned for a course taken at one institution (such as a medical school) that are accepted by another medical school toward meeting its degree requirements. For example, a student attends a medical school for one year and earns credits for 12 courses. The student transfers to another medical school, which accepts the credits for those 12 courses toward meeting its degree requirements. The credits for those 12 courses are then referred to as transfer credits.

If you transferred credits to the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree, you must disclose and document these credits when you apply to ECFMG for examination, regardless of when the credits were earned. (For more information, see Credentials for ECFMG Certification in the Medical Education Credentials section of the 2015 Information Booklet.) Failure to disclose and document these credits may have a number of negative consequences, including delaying exam registration and certification by ECFMG, and may result in a finding of irregular behavior.

Additionally, for the purpose of ECFMG Certification, credits earned on or after January 1, 2008 that are transferred to the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree must meet all of the following criteria:

  • If credits for more than eight courses were transferred, all credits must have been transferred from one medical school to another medical school, both of which must be:
    • located in the United States or Canada and listed in the World Directory, or
    • listed in the World Directory as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination.*
  • Credits must be for courses that were passed at the medical school at which the course was taken.

If your transferred credits do not comply with all the criteria listed above, you will not meet the requirements to be registered by ECFMG for examination or the requirements to be certified by ECFMG. If your transferred credits do not meet all the criteria listed above, you may request an exception from the ECFMG Medical Education Credentials Committee.

*Important Note: The requirement that credits must be transferred from one medical school that meets the criteria above to another medical school that meets the criteria above does not apply to credits transferred only to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum of the medical school that awarded or will award the medical degree. If you transferred credits to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum at the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree from an institution that does not meet the criteria listed above, you must provide ECFMG with a letter from the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree confirming that the credits were transferred to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum only. This letter must be on the letterhead of the medical school and be signed by an authorized official of your medical school. This letter must be submitted in conjunction with the application for examination and must accompany the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183). Applications received without this letter may be rejected. This letter is in addition to disclosing and documenting all transferred credits as described above.


Processing of Service Requests in Relation to Applicants and Institutions from Cuba
July 16, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of service requests in relation to applicants from and institutions in Cuba. As previously announced, ECFMG was not processing such requests, pending approval of its license application for Cuba by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Today, ECFMG was advised that OFAC has approved the license application.

ECFMG thanks all of its applicants and client organizations for their patience and cooperation throughout this situation.

Please monitor this website. Updates will be posted as they become available.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 18
July 15, 2015
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 7:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on July 18, 2015. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Physician Portal
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Report Portal
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for institutions (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

The World Directory of Medical Schools also will be unavailable during this maintenance period.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.


Processing of USMLE Applications for Applicants from Sudan
July 10, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of applications for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) for applicants from Sudan.

Currently, ECFMG still cannot process certain other service requests not related to administration of USMLE, pending approval of its license application by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

We regret any inconvenience to our applicants and thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

Please monitor this website for updates. We look forward to posting additional updates, as they become available.


Updated Information and Practice Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Available
July 8, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

Updated information and practice materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. They include:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


Processing of Service Requests in Relation to Applicants and Institutions from Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan
July 2, 2015
Filed under: General

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury currently restricts interactions between U.S. organizations and entities in certain countries/regions, including Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan. ECFMG has applied to OFAC for licenses for Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan that, if approved, would permit ECFMG’s activities related to verification of medical credentials and ECFMG Certification. Pending approval of these licenses, ECFMG cannot process certain service requests related to applicants and institutions from Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan.

We regret any inconvenience to our applicants and thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

Please monitor this website. We look forward to posting updates as they become available.

Read the July 10, 2015 update.

Read the July 16, 2015 update.

(posted July 2, 2015; updated July 10, 2015, July 16, 2015)


Update: World Directory of Medical Schools Replaces International Medical Education Directory for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification and USMLE

Effective June 30, 2015, international medical students and graduates (IMGs) must use the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) to determine their eligibility to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

As previously announced by ECFMG, the World Directory includes medical schools that do not meet ECFMG’s eligibility requirements. Before applying to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or USMLE, IMGs should consult the World Directory, available at www.wdoms.org, to confirm that students and graduates of their medical schools are eligible. Instructions for using the World Directory to determine ECFMG eligibility are available in the Important Notice: World Directory of Medical Schools Replaces International Medical Education Directory (IMED) for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification and USMLE®, available on this website. This document also includes examples of the ECFMG policies that have been modified as a result of the transition to the World Directory.

Read the full press release.


ERAS 2016 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 23, 2015
Filed under: 2016 Match, ERAS 2016

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2016 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2016 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2016, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


USMLE Score Reporting Schedule: Independence Holiday Week
June 23, 2015
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

As has been practice for the USMLE program, USMLE score reports will not be released during the week of July 4. Therefore, score reports will not be released on Wednesday, July 1. Regular score reporting will resume on Wednesday, July 8.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


ECFMG Establishes Grants Program for Students Participating in GEMx—Applications Accepted Beginning July 1
June 9, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it has established a new grants program in conjunction with its Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM) program. Through the GEMx Student Exchange Grants, ECFMG will offer financial awards of US$1,000 to up to two qualifying students from each GEMx Partner—medical schools and other institutions that participate in GEMx. Students can use these grants for travel, lodging, and incidental expenses associated with participating in an elective offered through GEMx. ECFMG will accept grant applications beginning July 1, 2015 for electives that begin in 2016.

ECFMG established the GEMx Student Exchange Grants to help Partner Institutions and their students take full advantage of all that GEMx has to offer. The grants will provide support for students who otherwise might not be able to participate in an elective exchange opportunity. For Partners, ECFMG is pleased to add the grants program to the benefits of membership in the GEMx partnership. ECFMG looks forward to administering the grants program in conjunction with its GEMx Partner Institutions, which will identify and nominate their students for the grants. For more information on GEMx Student Exchange Grants, including eligibility requirements, visit the GEMx Student Exchange Grants page on the GEMx website. Partner Institutions can obtain the application packet by sending e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.

ECFMG’s GEMx program is a global partnership for exchange in medical education. GEMx Partners are medical schools and other institutions around the world that share a commitment to making international exchange a part of their medical education programs. GEMx connects these institutions to form a community that works to improve global education in medicine by offering medical students increased access to exchange opportunities in medical education. To learn more, visit the GEMx website at www.gemxelectives.org. Institutions interested in joining GEMx should send e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.




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