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William W. Pinsky, MD, Selected as Next ECFMG President & CEO
April 25, 2016
Filed under: General, Press Releases

William W. Pinsky, MD

William W. Pinsky, MD

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it has selected William W. Pinsky, MD, as its next President & Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Dr. Pinsky also will serve as Board Chair of ECFMG’s Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). A distinguished pediatric cardiologist, educator, and medical executive, Dr. Pinsky will join ECFMG on July 1, 2016.

Read the press release.

ECFMG Hopes to See You at the FSMB Annual Meeting, April 28-30, in San Diego
April 22, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Annual Meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in San Diego, California, from April 28-30. If you plan to attend, we invite you to join us for an ECFMG-sponsored breakfast on the morning of Friday, April 29, and to visit our exhibitor table to get answers to your questions about ECFMG Certification of international medical graduates (IMGs), to let us know how ECFMG can better serve the medical regulatory community, or just to say hello!

Since 2004, ECFMG has partnered with FSMB in the primary-source verification of the medical education credentials of IMGs who pursue U.S. licensure and apply to FSMB’s Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). We look forward to many informative sessions and engaging conversations with attendees.

ECFMG 2015 Annual Report Now Available
April 19, 2016
Filed under: General


ECFMG’s 2015 Annual Report is now available. The Report provides information on ECFMG’s programs and developing initiatives, a variety of data on international medical graduates who pursue ECFMG Certification, and the many programs offered by ECFMG’s foundation.

To view ECFMG’s 2015 Annual Report, please visit

Step 2 CS Exam Cancelled in Houston Today
April 18, 2016
Filed under: Step 2 CS

Due to severe flooding in Houston, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center today, Monday April 18. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center today, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Houston tomorrow, April 19. If the status of tomorrow’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.

Announcement Regarding ERAS 2016 Token Issuance
April 1, 2016
Filed under: ERAS 2016

Please note that you can no longer use ECFMG’s OASIS to request a Token for the ERAS 2016 season. If a program requests that you submit an ERAS application for the 2016 season and you do not already have a 2016 Token, please call (215) 966-3520 to reach an ERAS Support Services representative to request a 2016 Token.

If you plan to use ERAS to apply for residency positions that start on July 1, 2017, you can request a 2017 Token via ECFMG’s OASIS beginning in late June 2016.

IMG Performance in the 2016 Match
March 30, 2016
Filed under: 2016 Match, ECFMG Certification

For the 14th consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 27,860 first-year positions were offered in the 2016 Match. This represents an increase of 567 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 7,200 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2015, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match increased by 403, and the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions increased by 336. Of the 12,790 IMGs who participated in the 2016 Match, 6,638 (51.9%) matched. In the 2015 Match, 6,302 (50.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a very small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2015 and 2016 Matches. For 2016, these data include seven Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,460 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,769 (50.5%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions increased in 2016 for the fifth year in a row, this year by 128.

Of the 5,323 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,869 (53.9%) were matched to first-year positions, an increase of 209 from last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 12 of the last 13 Matches.

About the Match

The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs. Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are for GME programs that typically begin the following July.

Additional Resources on the Match and Match Results

The preceding Match data are based on the Advance Data Tables: 2016 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2016 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit

In December of each year, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association traditionally publishes an in-depth analysis of graduate medical education in the United States. This analysis includes the number of IMGs entering and continuing in U.S. GME programs and a breakdown of IMG resident physicians by specialty and subspecialty. Visit your medical school’s library or

Attend the AMA 20th Anniversary IMG Symposium

The American Medical Association International Medical Graduates (AMA-IMG) Section invites you to attend its Symposium commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the AMA-IMG Caucus, which will take place April 2-3 in Irvine, California. ECFMG is honored to be presenting at this event, which will focus on “IMG Contributions to American Medicine: What They Give Back.” See the flyer for information on the agenda and speakers, and visit to register.

Images in Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination
March 22, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Beginning May 22, 2016, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills examinees may see a case in which the standardized patient provides a digital image (for example, a photograph, x-ray, MRI, or CT) on a tablet computer. Examinees will be able to enlarge the image. During the pre-session orientation, examinees will have an opportunity to view a sample image on a tablet, and to practice enlarging the image.

Not all examinations will include a case with an image. Examinees will see a maximum of one case with an image per examination.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Information Booklet
March 22, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

An updated Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Content Description and General Information booklet is available. The updated booklet includes:

  • A revised version of Patient Note Example 1. A warning about writing two diagnoses on the same line of the patient note is provided in the revised sample note.
  • Language about the use of images in the Step 2 CS examination.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable March 19
March 16, 2016
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 8:00 p.m. on March 19, 2016. 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, and its programs for medical schools and other institutions:
    • Status Verification
    • Credentials Verification
    • Performance Data
    • GEMxSM for Partner Institutions
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials
    • Physician Portal
    • Report Portal
  • GEMx 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.

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