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ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 16
July 13, 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 5:00 p.m. on July 16, 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
    • EMSWP ERAS
    • 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.


ERAS 2017 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 23, 2016
Filed under: 2017 Match, ERAS 2017

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Are Available
June 14, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement, as well as new test delivery software.

Examinees planning to take a Step 2 CK examination on or after July 10, 2016 should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
USMLE Step 2 CK Sample Items booklet (PDF)
USMLE Step 2 CK Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF)


ERAS 2017 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
May 25, 2016
Filed under: 2017 Match, ERAS 2017

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information. Most U.S. residency programs participate in ERAS. If you apply to participating programs, you must apply to these programs using ERAS.

At the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website, you will be able to:

  • See an overview of the Application Process.
  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will allow you to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and work on your residency applications.
  • Find instructions for submitting your supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts.

All supporting documents must be submitted electronically. For more details, please refer to the “Upload Your Documents Now” e-mail that will be sent to you via the MyERAS Message Center after you have registered at MyERAS. ERAS Support Services will transmit your supporting documents to your ERAS application.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2017 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning June 21, 2016. You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 21, 2016.


Step 2 CK – Delay in Score Reporting and Change in Number of Test Items
May 23, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, as well as a change to new test delivery software, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of July 10, 2016.

The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of July 10 through late August will be September 14, 2016. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 14, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK no later than July 9, 2016.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable May 21
May 18, 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 May 21, 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
    • EMSWP ERAS
    • 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.


ECFMG at World Health Professions Regulation Conference, Geneva, May 21-22
May 10, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG staff will attend the World Health Professions Regulation Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 21-22. We look forward to meeting international health professions regulators and to learning more about the challenges they face as they work to protect the public. We also look forward to answering questions about ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC). Through EPIC, medical regulatory authorities can obtain free primary-source verification of the medical credentials of their physician applicants. We hope to see you at the conference.


USMLE Takes Action Against Individuals Found To Have Engaged In Irregular Behavior

The USMLE Committee for Individualized Review (CIR) meets periodically throughout the year to review cases involving allegations of irregular behavior by applicants and/or examinees.

At its recent meetings, the CIR considered multiple cases involving the following:

  • falsifying information, including the creation of falsified score reports
  • seeking to obtain unauthorized access to examination materials
  • communicating about specific test items, cases, and/or answers with other examinees
  • providing unauthorized access to examination content on the internet
  • applying for and/or attempting to take an examination when ineligible
  • making notes on test day on something other than materials provided
  • failure to follow test center instructions, including typing past the ‘End Patient Note’ announcement in Step 2 Clinical Skills

Actions taken by the CIR at its recent meetings included:

  • annotating individual USMLE records with a finding of irregular behavior
  • barring access to USMLE for periods up to 3 years
  • reporting the finding of irregular behavior to the disciplinary data bank (Physician Data Center [PDC]) at the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). State medical boards routinely query this data bank as part of their licensing processes
  • canceling the examinee’s score because the validity of a passing level score is in question

As evidenced by the sanctions listed above, a finding of irregular behavior carries significant potential impact. USMLE applicants and examinees are reminded to read the USMLE Bulletin of Information carefully, follow the rules of conduct during testing, and refrain from any pre- or post-examination conduct deemed to be irregular behavior.

Applicants and examinees are also encouraged to watch the USMLE Security Video.

The USMLE is committed to maintaining the integrity of its examination so that state medical boards may continue to rely upon it as an integral part of their decision-making process for licensure. Applicants and examinees are advised to observe all USMLE policies and procedures to avoid the potentially significant implications arising from a finding of irregular behavior.

USMLE encourages you to provide information about cheating and other activity of which you are aware that may compromise the security and integrity of USMLE. Please use the contact form on the USMLE website to report such information.

ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior

ECFMG also regularly reviews allegations of irregular behavior in conjunction with its programs and services. ECFMG programs and services include but are not limited to, registering international medical students and graduates for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS; ECFMG Certification; ERAS Support Services at ECFMG; the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program; the ECFMG International Credentials Services; and the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials.

If the ECFMG Medical Education Credentials Committee determines that an individual engaged in irregular behavior, a permanent annotation to that effect will be included in the individual’s ECFMG record and will be provided to third parties in certain reports.

If it is determined that an individual engaged in irregular behavior, the individual also will be subject to serious sanctions. These sanctions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Barring the individual from future examinations;
  • Barring the individual from ECFMG Certification and/or other ECFMG programs; and
  • Revoking the individual’s Standard ECFMG Certificate.

Individuals who apply to ECFMG programs and services should be familiar with the ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior, which define irregular behavior and outline possible sanctions. Representative examples of allegations of irregular behavior and actions taken by the ECFMG Medical Education Credentials Committee are also available on the ECFMG website.


2017 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 CS Results Is Available
May 3, 2016
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

The 2017 schedule provides guidelines regarding when a result for a Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam date will be reported. Click here to view the schedule.


2016 and 2017 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
May 3, 2016
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

Step 2 CS 2016 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 30

March 2

March 23

January 31 through March 21

April 13

May 11

March 22 through May 21

July 6

August 3

May 22 through July 16

August 17

September 14

July 17 through September 10

October 12

November 9

September 11 through November 5

December 14

January 11, 2017

November 6 through
December 31

February 1, 2017

February 22, 2017

 

Step 2 CS 2017 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 28

March 8

March 30

January 29 through March 26

April 26

May 24

March 27 through May 20*

June 28

July 26

May 21 through July 15

August 16

September 13

July 16 through September 9

October 11

November 8

September 10 through
November 4

December 13

January 10 (2018)

November 5 through
December 31

January 31 (2018)

February 21 (2018)

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 27 through April 1.

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015, April 16, 2015, July 2, 2015, May 3, 2016)




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