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ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 6-7
August 24, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Due to required maintenance, ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on September 6, 2016.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to perform any IWA transactions, including working on or submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification or USMLE exam application; accessing a USMLE scheduling permit; or requesting an extension of a USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK eligibility period.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.


Incomplete IWA Exam Applications Will Be Deleted on September 6
August 24, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2017 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any USMLE exam applications that have been saved but not submitted via ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be deleted. If you have a saved exam application in IWA, you must complete and submit the application, including payment, by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. If you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application when IWA becomes unavailable on September 6, your incomplete application will be deleted. If your application is deleted, you will be required to begin a new application in order to apply for examination.


Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Joins ECFMG’s EPIC
August 16, 2016
Filed under: EPIC, Press Releases

ECFMG is pleased to announce that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has incorporated ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into its process for assessing the medical credentials of internationally educated physicians who apply for registration to practice medicine in Nigeria, or who plan to take the Council’s Assessment Examination. The Council now requires these applicants to have their medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC before submitting their applications. ECFMG is proud to partner with the Council to add primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Council’s tools for evaluating the qualifications of its physician applicants.

Read the full press release.


Availability of ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials
August 10, 2016
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2017 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September 2016.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you will be able to use the 2017 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2016 (September 2016-November 2016 and October 2016-December 2016) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2017, beginning with the November 2016-January 2017 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2017 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 for updates on the availability of ECFMG’s 2017 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and application materials.


MyECFMG Mobile App Update Offers New Features for ERAS Applicants
August 5, 2016
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that an update is now available for the MyECFMG mobile app. This update offers new features for users who wish to participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). The first feature enables an applicant to purchase a 2017 ERAS residency Token. The second enables a repeat applicant to select available letters of recommendation (LORs) from last year’s ERAS application for reuse with his/her ERAS 2017 application. To learn more about ERAS Tokens and LORs, please visit ERAS Support Services for Applicants.

For more information on login requirements for the MyECFMG mobile app, what you can do with the app, and a link to download it for free to your iPhone or Android phone, visit http://www.ecfmg.org/resources/myecfmg-mobile-app.html.

If you’re using MyECFMG, please use the app’s Feedback function to let us know what you think of it! We welcome your input to help us improve MyECFMG.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 16
July 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 July 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.


ERAS 2017 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 23, 2016
Filed under: 2017 Match, ERAS 2017

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Are Available
June 14, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect the change in number of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) per block described in a prior announcement, as well as new test delivery software.

Examinees planning to take a Step 2 CK examination on or after July 10, 2016 should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
USMLE Step 2 CK Sample Items booklet (PDF)
USMLE Step 2 CK Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF)


ERAS 2017 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
May 25, 2016
Filed under: 2017 Match, ERAS 2017

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) 2017 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2017, 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 apply to these programs using ERAS.

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

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

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

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2017 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning June 21, 2016. You can use a 2017 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 21, 2016.


Step 2 CK – Delay in Score Reporting and Change in Number of Test Items
May 23, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, as well as a change to new test delivery software, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of July 10, 2016.

The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees testing the week of July 10 through late August will be September 14, 2016. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 2 CK scores before September 14, it is recommended that they take Step 2 CK no later than July 9, 2016.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.




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