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 9, 2014.
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.
As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2015 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 9, 2014. If, when IWA becomes unavailable on this date, you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application, 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.
The ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet and the 2015 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September 2014.
For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you will be able to use the 2015 materials to apply for:
- available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2014 (September 2014-November 2014 and October 2014-December 2014) and
- all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2015, beginning with the November 2014-January 2015 eligibility period.
For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2015 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 the ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet and application materials.
ECFMG and its Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) are proud to sponsor the 11th International Conference on Medical Regulation of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA 2014), which will take place September 9-12 in London. As a conference partner, we look forward to supporting IAMRA’s important functions of sharing information and best practices, as well as the efforts of attendees to achieve excellence in medical regulation.
IAMRA 2014 will offer ECFMG a number of opportunities to showcase EPIC, ECFMG’s initiative that is raising the world’s standard for the verification of physician credentials. Any of the world’s organizations that evaluate the qualifications of physicians—including the medical regulatory authorities (MRAs) that will be represented at IAMRA 2014—can use EPIC at no cost to access ECFMG’s world-class, primary-source verification services. By using EPIC, all organizations responsible for evaluating the qualifications of physicians can make primary-source verification a part of their process.
We are excited about the opportunities that IAMRA 2014 will offer to connect with representatives of the world’s medical regulatory authorities! If you plan to attend IAMRA 2014, be sure to join ECFMG staff for the lunch session on Thursday, September 11, and visit us at ECFMG’s booth. There are also opportunities for personalized discussions with ECFMG staff; if you are a representative of an MRA and would like to meet with ECFMG staff during IAMRA 2014 to learn more about EPIC, contact William C. Kelly, Acting Vice President for Operations, at email@example.com.
Beginning September 1, 2014, the rescheduling fees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination will change. If you have a scheduled testing appointment and are unable to take the exam on your scheduled test date or at your scheduled center, you may cancel your scheduled testing appointment and reschedule for a different date and/or center, subject to availability. You may cancel and/or reschedule at any time through the end of the day before your scheduled test date. However, no canceling is allowed beginning at 12:00 AM, Eastern Time in the United States, on your scheduled test date. The date that you cancel your testing appointment will determine the amount of your rescheduling fee, as described in the list and table below. All dates and notice periods are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.
- If you cancel more than 14 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will not be charged a fee when you reschedule.
- If you cancel between 3 and 14 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will be charged a $400 fee when you reschedule.
- If you cancel 2 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will be charged a $615 fee when you reschedule.
- If you cancel 1 day before your scheduled test date you will be charged a $1,230 fee when you reschedule.
- If you miss your scheduled testing appointment without canceling, you will be charged a $1,230 fee when you reschedule.
|Example: Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees|
|Scheduled Test Date||Cancel Date(s)||Fee|
|July 15||On or before June 30||No fee|
|July 1 – July 12||$400|
If you cancel without rescheduling or miss your scheduled testing appointment, there is no guarantee that testing appointments during your eligibility period will be available when you attempt to reschedule. If you do not reschedule within your eligibility period, you must submit a new application and exam registration fee in order to take the exam.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled testing appointment, we encourage you to cancel your appointment as soon as possible, regardless of whether you are ready to reschedule. When examinees cancel more than 14 calendar days before their appointment, it is more likely that another examinee will be able to fill that testing slot. Avoiding large numbers of unfilled testing slots helps the USMLE Program manage capacity and minimize increases in the cost of the exam.
Updated information materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. They include:
- USMLE Step 2 CK Sample Test Questions booklet (PDF)
- USMLE Step 2 CK Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF)
Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website, and continue to monitor the USMLE and ECFMG websites for the latest information.
ECFMG is pleased to share the news that Data Commons, LLC—an information-sharing initiative of ECFMG and other leading national physician education and assessment organizations—launched its first services today. ECFMG will participate in the Verification+ Service, which supports the credentialing and/or privileging of physicians.
Data Commons’ innovative data hub allows access to data about health professionals from multiple source organizations in a single transaction, while facilitating new ways of combining and analyzing these data sets. This enhanced access has the potential to enhance patient safety and improve medical quality.
Practice and informational materials for the restructured Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after November 3, 2014 should read the materials and practice with the sample items and cases. The materials include:
- Step 3 Addendum to the 2014 Bulletin of Information (PDF)
- Downloadable practice test materials (ZIP) for each examination day, with tutorials
- USMLE Step 3 Sample Items booklet (PDF)
- USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF)
- USMLE Content Outline (PDF)
- USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies (PDF)
A summary of changes resulting from the restructuring of the Step 3 examination is also available. Practice and informational materials for examinees taking the current Step 3 examination, which will be administered through September 30, 2014, will remain available on the USMLE website until early October, 2014.
USMLE Physician Tasks/Competencies, a publication that provides a common organization of competencies and tasks assessed in USMLE examinations, is now available from USMLE.
Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.
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“No Poster, No Publication, No Problem”
An AMA-IMGS and ECFMG Webinar
Wednesday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Are you a medical student or graduate who is conducting original research or has an interesting case report (resident/fellow and ECFMG-certified participants only) and would like to submit an abstract and poster for the 12th Annual AMA Research Symposium? Would you like tips from previous symposium winners on how they set themselves apart from the rest? Do you want to increase your attractiveness to residency programs by showcasing your research, clinical vignette, or case at a national research symposium?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, we invite you to join other medical students and graduates (medical students, residents/fellows, and ECFMG-certified IMGs awaiting a residency) to hear Dr. Rashi Aggarwal from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Aggarwal will give an overview of the do’s and don’ts when writing and submitting an abstract and creating a poster for the AMA Research Symposium, which is being held on November 7 in Dallas, Texas. Additional panelists will share their tips for abstract submission, poster and podium presentations, as well as answer your questions. There will be an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the webinar and to submit questions during the webinar.
Registration is free but is limited. Please register by visiting https://ecfmgevents.webex.com/ecfmgevents/onstage/g.php?d=660139979&t=a and send your advance questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.