ECFMG has named Ravinder Mamtani, MBBS, MD, MSc, as Chair of the Advisory Committee for its developing initiative, Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM). Currently in pilot phase, GEMx will serve medical schools around the world that offer international exchange opportunities as well as their students who choose to undertake such an exchange as part of their undergraduate medical education.
Dr. Mamtani is an accomplished leader in global and public health, student affairs, curriculum development, and international medical education. He is Professor of Public Health and Associate Dean for Global and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, where he also serves as Associate Dean of Admissions.
An updated Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Content Description and General Information booklet is available on the USMLE website.
The Description of the Examination and Scoring the Step 2 CS Examination sections include expanded language on expectations for interacting with standardized patients, as well as additional information on scoring. Appendix B includes new sample patient notes, which have additional information to help examinees understand how the notes are scored.
A unified content outline, which provides a common organization of content across all USMLE examinations, has been developed.
Examinations released in 2014 will be built using the new unified content outline. Test specifications using the unified outline will be published in early 2014. For Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, the changes will be subtle, and the examinations will be similar in content to previous years. Step 3 examinations administered on or after November 1, 2014 will include more substantial changes in content; additional information about changes to Step 3 is available.
The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) are pleased to announce the inaugural publication of Charting Outcomes in the Match – International Medical Graduates: Characteristics of Applicants Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2013 Main Residency Match. This report is intended to help IMGs make educated choices as they apply to and rank residency programs in the Main Residency Match.
Read the press release.
Effective January 1, 2014, the fee for submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification will increase from $60 to $65.
The fees for those applying to ECFMG for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will also increase, as described below:
- The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will increase from $820 to $850 for each exam registration.
- The examination fee for Step 2 CS will increase from $1,440 to $1,480 for each exam registration.
- The fee for extension of an eligibility period for Step 1 and Step 2 CK will increase from $65 to $70 per extension.
The fee for applying for J-1 visa sponsorship will increase from $275 to $285. Please note that this does not include the additional $180 fee, payable to the Department of Homeland Security, which is required for initial applicants for J-1 sponsorship.
The new fees will be assessed for all applications submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2014.
For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2014 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.
As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.
An announcement describing a change in the Step 1 examination minimum passing score that will affect examinees testing on or after January 1, 2014, has posted to the USMLE website. Examinees should read the full announcement and monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.
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A summary of changes to USMLE planned for 2014-2015 is available on the USMLE website. This document will be updated as more information becomes available.
Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.
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ECFMG is pleased to announce that a pilot of its Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM) is currently underway! As previously announced, GEMx is an international partnership that will both enhance and simplify the process of medical elective exchanges for medical schools and students around the world. Partnership is central to the GEMx vision. GEMx facilitates strong relationships among schools to afford students with a wide range of high-quality international educational opportunities. The GEMx system is designed for medical schools to promote their school and elective offerings to GEMx students and to other partner schools, and to provide students with a convenient, on-line tool to search and apply for those offerings.
In September 2013, GEMx Partner Schools participating in the pilot began creating school profiles within the GEMx system that describe and promote their medical education exchange electives to students. Information available through GEMx includes course objectives, program requirements, travel information, contact information, and images related to the school and its electives. Feedback from the schools has been very positive, and they are looking forward to building relationships through the GEMx network.
The GEMx pilot began in November 2013. The GEMx system was opened to eligible students of GEMx Partner Schools, providing them with the ability to view school profiles, identify the electives that meet their medical career goals and academic interests, and apply for those electives.
The pilot of the GEMx system is expected to run for approximately one year, during which time ECFMG will ensure that GEMx is meeting the real-world needs of medical schools and students.
For more information about GEMx and the pilot, visit www.gemxelectives.org.
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ECFMG expresses its sympathy and concern for those affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). As a member of the international medical education community, ECFMG would also like to express appreciation and support for the health professionals who will be providing on-going care for survivors and others impacted by this disaster.
Applicants for ECFMG’s programs and services who are affected by the typhoon or who are participating in relief efforts and require assistance are encouraged to contact Applicant Information Services by phone at (215) 386-5900 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday), or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) was released at the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting in May 2013. USMLE test content will be impacted by changes in criteria and terminology.
Because USMLE content pools are large, the transition from DSM-IV to DSM-5 criteria and terminology will need to be gradual and will likely take place over several years. The following principles will guide this transition:
- The highest priority has been given to test content assessing diagnoses that do not appear in DSM-5. This content has already been removed from USMLE examinations.
- USMLE will begin to transition content to include both DSM-IV and DSM-5 terminology. This process will begin in 2014. Start and end dates for this transition will vary by exam.