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Important Information for International Medical Students and Graduates (IMGs) in Nepal Affected by Earthquake
May 1, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is following events related to the major earthquake that occurred recently in Nepal. We extend our sympathies to all affected by this tragedy. We are also aware of the potential disruptions this situation may cause for IMGs in using ECFMG’s programs and services. These disruptions include, but are not limited to, the inability to schedule and take examinations, and to locate important documents.

If you are an IMG in an area of Nepal affected by the earthquake, we stand ready to assist you in overcoming such disruptions. Contact ECFMG:

  • by e-mail at Please include your full name and USMLE ID Number, if one has been assigned. Be sure to include the ECFMG service with which we can assist you and instructions on how to contact you.
  • by telephone at (215) 386-5900. Telephone assistance is available 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday.

Additional information will be posted to the ECFMG website as it becomes available.

2016 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Results is Available
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

The 2016 schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule.

2015 and 2016 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting


Step 2 CS 2015 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through February 7

March 4

March 25

February 8 through March 28

April 29

May 27

March 29 through May 23

June 24

July 22

May 24 through July 11

August 12

September 9

July 12 through September 5

October 7

November 4

September 6 through October 31

December 9

January 6 (2016)

November 1 through December 31

February 3 (2016)

February 24 (2016)


Step 2 CS 2016 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 30

March 2

March 23

January 31 through March 19*

April 13

May 11

March 20 through May 21

July 6

August 3

May 22 through July 16

August 17

September 14

July 17 through September 10

October 12

November 9

September 11 through November 5

December 14

January 11, 2017

November 6 through December 31

February 1, 2017

February 22, 2017


* No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 13 through 19.

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015, April 16, 2015)

FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2015 Projects That Work Competition
April 8, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), sponsors a Projects That Work competition as part of the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The competition showcases projects in health professions education that have had a sustained, significant impact on health, the community, or the school, and it is intended to encourage the ongoing development and implementation of such projects. FAIMER will sponsor one representative from up to five selected projects to attend the conference and present their projects at a panel session.

This year, The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) will host a joint conference in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2015 conference theme, “Education for Change,” for three years or longer.

FAIMER sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee for representatives of the five winning projects. To submit a project description for the Projects That Work competition and apply for FAIMER sponsorship, click here. Applications are due May 15, 2015.

Visit the FAIMER news page to read about last year’s conference and Projects That Work competition winners.

More information about the 2015 joint conference will be published to The Network: TUFH website as it becomes available.

(posted April 8, 2015; updated April 29, 2015)

Expanded Version of USMLE Content Outline
April 7, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

An expanded version of the USMLE Content Outline, which provides a common organization of content across all USMLE examinations, is now available on the USMLE website.

Examinees should read the full announcement.

Announcement Regarding ERAS 2015 Token Issuance
April 1, 2015
Filed under: ERAS 2015

Please note that you can no longer use ECFMG’s OASIS to request a Token for the ERAS 2015 season. If a program requests that you submit an ERAS application for the 2015 season and you do not already have a 2015 Token, please call (215) 966-3520 to reach an ERAS Support Services representative to request a 2015 Token.

If you plan to use ERAS to apply for residency positions that start on July 1, 2016, you can request a 2016 Token via ECFMG’s OASIS beginning in late June 2015.

IMGs Participating in 2016 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now
March 31, 2015
Filed under: 2016 Match, ERAS 2016, 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 2016 Match (in March 2016) 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 2016 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2015If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2015.

The USMLE program also has issued a Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS, strongly encouraging 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, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.

IMG Performance in the 2015 Match
March 27, 2015
Filed under: 2015 Match, ECFMG Certification

For the 13th consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 27,293 first-year positions were offered in the 2015 Match. This represents an increase of 615 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 6,600 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2014, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match decreased by 95, and the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions decreased by 55. Of the 12,387 IMGs who participated in the 2015 Match, 6,302 (50.9%) matched. In the 2014 Match, 6,357 (50.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2014 and 2015 Matches. For 2015, these data include seven Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,366 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,641 (49.4%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions in 2015 increased for the fourth year in a row, this year by eight.

Of the 5,014 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,660 (53.1%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 62 from last year. This decrease marks an end to 11 consecutive years which saw increases in the number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions.

About the Match

The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs. Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are for GME programs that typically begin the following July.

Additional Resources on the Match and Match Results

The preceding Match data are based on the Advance Data Tables: 2015 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2015 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit

In December of each year, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association traditionally publishes an in-depth analysis of graduate medical education in the United States. This analysis includes the number of IMGs entering and continuing in U.S. GME programs and a breakdown of IMG resident physicians by specialty and subspecialty. Visit your medical school’s library or

UPDATE – USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Practice Sessions
March 25, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation

Examinees who take a Step 1 or Step 2 CK Practice Session may see new user-adjusted display features.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting and Change in Number of Test Items
March 20, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 11th.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 11th through late June will be Wednesday, July 8, 2015. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 8th, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than Friday, May 8, 2015.

During this time period (starting the week of May 11th), a transition will occur in the number of items in current forms of the Step 1 examination. The change will be from a total of 322 items to 308 items. Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately 6 weeks. Please note the following:

  • Scores on new and old forms will be comparable; the decrease in the number of items per form will be accounted for in scoring the examination results.
  • The length of the examination day will remain unchanged. The test day will continue to be divided into seven 60-minute blocks, administered in one seven-hour testing session.
  • The number of items per block will decrease from 46 to 44. There will be a total of 308 items on each examination.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

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