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Processing of Service Requests in Relation to Applicants and Institutions in Crimea
February 11, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of service requests in relation to applicants and institutions in the region of Crimea. As previously announced, ECFMG was not processing such requests, pending approval of its license application for Crimea by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On January 27, ECFMG was advised that OFAC had 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.


Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
January 29, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Testing appointments are typically completely filled at least three to four months in advance. If you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.

The graph below indicates test appointment availability for the next four months. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one center, but across all five locations. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ.

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More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.

(published January 29, 2016; updated February 10, 2016)


USMLE Security Video
January 29, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

Remember, the stakes on a medical licensing exam are high! Don’t do something that might jeopardize your future as a licensed physician. Be sure you understand all the USMLE policies on security and irregular behavior by viewing our new security video, http://www.usmle.org/security.


July 2016 Hotel Availability for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees Testing in Philadelphia
January 25, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Due to the Democratic National Convention scheduled for July 25-28, 2016 in Philadelphia, hotel availability will be limited and rates may be higher than usual. Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia in late July should note that while the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, it may be difficult and/or more expensive to obtain a hotel room during this time.


ECFMG’s Philadelphia Office Closed due to Inclement Weather
January 25, 2016
Filed under: General

Due to inclement weather, ECFMG’s Philadelphia office is closed Monday, January 25, and we are unable to take your calls. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Please monitor the ECFMG website for updates.


Winter Weather
January 20, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

For updates on the impact of winter weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable January 16
January 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 January 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.


Fee Increases for 2016
December 21, 2015
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, Fees, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Effective January 1, 2016, fees for some ECFMG services will increase. The fees that will increase include:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will increase from $865 to $880 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will increase from $1,505 to $1,535 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will increase from $0-$1,250 (depending on date of cancellation) to $0-$1,275 (depending on date of cancellation).

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2016 (Eastern Time in the United States).

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 2016 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.


Change in Minimum Passing Requirements for Step 3
December 17, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

The recommended Step 3 minimum passing score will change from 190 to 196. This change will affect examinees whose first day of testing is on or after January 1, 2016.

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.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Update: ECFMG’s On-line Services Are Now Available
December 6, 2015
Filed under: General

We are pleased to report that ECFMG’s on-line services, which had been unavailable earlier today due to a power outage, are now operational.

Thanks for your patience as we worked to resolve this issue.




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