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Updated Practice and Informational Materials for Step 3 Available
December 2, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect new features described in a previous announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 16, 2017 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

  • Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
  • Feedback for Step 3 CCS practice cases
  • USMLE Step 3 Sample Items booklet (PDF)  – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016
  • USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF) – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 19
November 15, 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 November 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
    • 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.


Health Professions Councils of Namibia and ECFMG Announce Partnership
November 7, 2016
Filed under: EPIC, Press Releases

ECFMG is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical credentials of Namibia’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of Namibia. HPCNA now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have required medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides HPCNA with ECFMG’s rigorous, internationally recognized primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

Read the full press release.


Technical Difficulties with USMLE Step 2 CS Calendar & Scheduling System
October 31, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

The USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Calendar & Scheduling System is currently experiencing technical difficulties. As a result, examinees may not be able to schedule or reschedule a testing appointment using the on-line system at this time. Examinees are encouraged to try again later.

Thank you for your patience as staff work to resolve this issue.


Public Transportation Strike May Take Effect November 1, 2016 in Philadelphia
October 28, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

A public transportation strike may take effect in the city of Philadelphia at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia should note that, in the event of a strike, the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, but it may take longer to reach the test centers due to traffic delays and/or very limited public transportation options. Please monitor the SEPTA website for the most up to date details on the potential strike, including alternate service plans.


FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2017 Projects That Work Competition
October 26, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), is currently inviting applications for the 2017 Projects That Work competition. FAIMER will sponsor one representative from up to five selected projects to attend the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and present their projects at a panel session. The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fifth year, the Projects That Work competition is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual The Network: TUFH conference. This year, the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2017 conference theme, Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health, for three years or longer.

To learn more about selection criteria and to apply, click here. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.


FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2017 Student Projects for Health Competition
October 25, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), is currently inviting applications for the 2017 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by ECFMG’s GEMxSM program and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Approximately 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

To learn more about selection criteria and to apply, click here. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.


Norway’s Directorate of Health Joins ECFMG’s EPIC
October 19, 2016
Filed under: EPIC, Press Releases

ECFMG is pleased to announce its partnership with the Norwegian Directorate of Health to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical education credentials of Norway’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who completed their medical education outside of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). The Directorate now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have their medical education credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides the Directorate with ECFMG’s rigorous, primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

Read the full press release.


Enhanced Security Policies at Prometric Test Centers
October 14, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3

Enhanced security policies will take effect in all U.S. Prometric test centers beginning October 15, 2016. The purpose of the enhanced security procedures is to inspect for camera devices that could be used to capture exam content.

USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3 examinations are administered at Prometric test centers.

Beginning October 15, 2016, Prometric center administrators will conduct stricter inspections of any and all eyeglasses, jewelry, and other accessories.

  • All examinees will be required to remove eyeglasses for close visual inspection by the test center administrators. These inspections will take a few seconds and will be done at check-in and upon return from breaks.
  • Jewelry, except for wedding and engagement rings, is prohibited.
  • Hair accessories are subject to inspection. Examinees should not wear ornate clips, combs, barrettes, headbands, and other hair accessories. An examinee wearing any of these items may be prohibited from wearing them in the testing room, and asked to store such items in their locker.


Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates (2nd Edition) Now Available
October 10, 2016
Filed under: 2016 Match, 2017 Match, ERAS 2017, General

The National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) has recently published the second edition of Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates: Characteristics of International Medical Graduates Who Matched to Their Preferred Specialty in the 2016 Main Residency Match.

The publication was compiled using data collected through the Main Residency Match®, such as Match success, specialty preference, and ranking information. Other data, such as USMLE® scores, were self-reported through the Professional Profile section of the NRMP’s Applicant Registration Form for the Match.

Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates can be viewed on the Main Residency Match Data page of the NRMP website.




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