Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting
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.
Filed under: General
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.
Filed under: General
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.
As previously announced, in April ECFMG launched its Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM). Today, after six months of operations, EPIC is raising the world’s standard for the verification of physician credentials.
For physicians, EPIC is a powerful new way to build a digital career portfolio of pre-verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure—a portfolio that they can establish in preparation for pursuing career opportunities. For the first time, EPIC brings ECFMG’s world-class verification services directly to physicians. Physicians who use EPIC decide which credentials to add to their portfolio and where and when to send credentials and reports verifying their authenticity.
For physicians who have already had credentials verified by ECFMG, EPIC offers special benefits. If your credentials have been primary-source verified by ECFMG for the purpose of ECFMG Certification or through the ECFMG International Credentials Services (EICS), ECFMG will add those credentials and their verifications to your EPIC portfolio at no cost.
EPIC offers the world’s hospitals, medical registration/licensure agencies, medical schools, and graduate medical education programs the opportunity to incorporate primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—into the process for evaluating their physician applicants. Any organization can receive EPIC reports verifying the authenticity of a physician’s credential―at no cost to the organization.
As ECFMG’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., noted, “Physicians are called upon to demonstrate their qualifications throughout their careers. Verification of the authenticity of their credentials by ECFMG makes a strong statement, and is just one of the ways that ECFMG is serving the world’s physicians. At the same time, by assisting members of the international medical and regulatory communities in their missions to protect the public, EPIC exemplifies ECFMG’s commitment to promote quality health care, and is raising the bar worldwide for evaluating the qualifications of physicians.”
Read the press release.
Filed under: General
The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is pleased to announce that the 2014 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is now open.
The program, conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom, offers health professions educators the opportunity to receive advanced training in all aspects of health professions education. Educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health professions can acquire the knowledge and skills to advance health professions education at their institutions to the highest international standards.
Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele University. The following programs are offered:
To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html.
FAIMER is a leader in improving world health. By creating educational opportunities, conducting research, and providing data resources, it serves international communities of educators, researchers, regulators, and policy makers—each a potential change agent for better health care. Through worldwide activities, FAIMER combines its own expertise with that of local experts to create meaningful and sustained improvements in the systems that produce health care providers and deliver health care.
FAIMER is a non-profit foundation of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®). For more information, visit the FAIMER website at www.faimer.org.
Filed under: General
The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) is sponsoring a Centennial Prize Competition: Innovation in Future Assessment of Health Professionals. This competition is among several events planned as NBME commemorates its first 100 years of service to the public and the health professions. NBME’s centennial celebration will culminate with its Centennial Invitational Conference in May 2015 in Philadelphia, which will feature presentations from the finalists selected from the competition.
The competition’s grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000 and an invitation to participate in developing the winning entry as NBME’s Centennial Fellow. The competition is open to individuals, teams of individuals, and to nonprofit organizations. Initial submissions are due by January 17, 2014. For detailed information, visit http://www.nbme.org/about/centennialcompetition.html.
Filed under: Step 3
With the introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination in 2014, the USMLE program will no longer require examinees to apply for Step 3 under the eligibility requirements of a specific medical licensing authority.
All other Step 3 eligibility requirements (i.e., medical degree, passing Steps 1-2, ECFMG certification for IMGs) will remain applicable, as will all other USMLE program requirements (e.g., no more than 6 attempts at a Step or a Step component).
This change in the application process is tentatively scheduled to begin in August 2014.
Note: Removing state board sponsorship as part of the Step 3 examination application does not impact medical licensing requirements in the United States. Most medical licensing authorities have, and will continue to maintain, specific criteria for completion of the USMLE, such as time and attempt limits. A summary of these requirements can be found on the Federation of State Medical Boards website.
At this time, there are no plans for the USMLE program to impose a minimum residency training requirement as part of the Step 3 eligibility criteria. However, the USMLE program will likely continue to recommend that individuals take Step 3 at or near the completion of the first year of residency training.
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, Exam Preparation, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS
The ECFMG 2014 Information Booklet and the 2014 exam application materials are now available on the ECFMG website.
For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2014 materials to apply for:
- available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2013 (September 2013-November 2013 and October 2013-December 2013) and
- all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2014, beginning with the November 2013-January 2014 eligibility period.
For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2014 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.
Filed under: General
Did you know that you can find ECFMG on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ecfmg?
We are excited to add Facebook as a means of communicating with physicians, members of the international medical education and regulatory communities, and researchers around the world. Now, more than ever, people get much of their news in a quick, convenient way through social media.
Our Facebook page will supplement our other means of communication, highlighting some of the most important and timely news items. It will not replace our other sources of information, so applicants and other users of ECFMG’s programs and services should continue to refer to ECFMG’s websites and the ECFMG Information Booklet for detailed information. Please also keep in mind that ECFMG typically will not respond directly to individual comments or questions. Those needing answers to questions should continue to contact ECFMG by e-mail or telephone, rather than through Facebook.
Through ECFMG Certification and other programs, ECFMG supports international medical graduates pursuing graduate medical education in the United States. We are also expanding our programs for physicians pursuing careers in other parts of the world.
Learn more about how ECFMG is serving the world’s physicians. “Like” us on Facebook to keep up on all the latest from and about ECFMG.