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Availability of ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials
August 10, 2017
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2018 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website by mid-September 2017.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you will be able to use the 2018 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2017 (September 2017-November 2017 and October 2017-December 2017) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2018, beginning with the November 2017-January 2018 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2018 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.

Please monitor the ECFMG website, and follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter, for updates on the availability of ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and application materials.


Change in Performance Standards for Step 2 CS
August 7, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

This announcement describes a change in the performance standards for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination that will affect examinees testing on or after September 10, 2017.

As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the recommended minimum passing levels for each USMLE examination are reviewed periodically (typically, every 3-4 years) and may be adjusted at any time. Notice of such review and any adjustments are posted on the USMLE website.

At its July 2017 meeting, the USMLE Management Committee voted to increase the required minimum passing level for all three Step 2 CS subcomponents: Communication and Interpersonal Skills (CIS), Spoken English Proficiency (SEP), and Integrated Clinical Encounter (ICE). Because numerical scores are not reported for Step 2 CS, the decisions of the Management Committee are reported in terms of potential impact on examinees, using data from recent administrations.

If the new minimum passing requirements were applied to the group of first-time examinees who recently tested, the overall passing rate for examinees from US medical schools would be approximately three percent lower and the overall passing rate for examinees from international medical schools would be approximately eight percent lower.

Examinees are encouraged to read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2018 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now
July 31, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018, Step 2 CS

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2018 Match (in March 2018) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2018 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2017. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2017. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in November 2017.

The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost within your one-year eligibility period, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

Follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter for periodic updates on availability of Step 2 CS testing appointments. Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 15
July 12, 2017
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 3:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2017. 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.


Review of USMLE Step 1 Minimum Passing Performance
July 11, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1

The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.

The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 1 examination at its meeting on November 29-30, 2017.

If the Committee determines that a change to the minimum passing score is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing score will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 1 examination on or after January 1, 2018. The decision of the Committee will be posted at the USMLE website.

For further information regarding the content under review, refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.


ERAS 2018 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 21, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2018 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app. You can use a 2018 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and work on your residency application.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2018, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


New Features in Step 2 CS Patient Note Program
June 21, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Two user-adjustable display features, text magnification and color inversion, are now available in the patient note program used by Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees after each patient encounter.

Please see the full announcement for more details.


UPDATE: Change to Patient Note Program for the Step 2 CS Exam
June 19, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

On or after September 10, 2017, patient notes written in the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam will automatically submit at the end of the 25 minutes allotted for each patient encounter. Examinees will no longer end the patient note by clicking “Submit.”

A program for practicing writing the patient note is available. Please practice to become familiar with all the features of the program before taking the examination.

Examinees are also encouraged to review the full USMLE announcement for more information.

NOTE: The date for the start of the automatic stop feature was originally projected to be July 16, 2017.


Updated Information and Practice Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Available
May 30, 2017
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. You may view the full announcement here.


ERAS 2018 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
May 25, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2018 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2018, 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 use ERAS to do so.

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

  • See an overview of the Application Process and Timeline.
  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will enable 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.

ERAS Support Services will transmit your supporting documents to your ERAS application. 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.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2018 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 20, 2017. You can use a 2018 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 20, 2017.




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