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Winter Storm Update
January 26, 2015
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

For updates on the impact of Winter Storm Juno on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) and the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable January 17
January 15, 2015
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 January 17, 2015. 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
  • IMED—International Medical Education Directory
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Physician Portal
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Report Portal
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for schools (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

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


ECFMG Launches Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx)
January 13, 2015
Filed under: General, Press Releases

New program will promote partnership and exchange in undergraduate medical education worldwide

ECFMG® is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM), a new program to promote global partnership and student exchange opportunities in undergraduate medical education worldwide. Launched last month following a one-year pilot, GEMx serves both medical schools and students, and is creating a global community for those involved in exchange in medical education. It also offers a centralized, paperless process for researching, applying to, and managing elective exchanges.

With successful completion of the pilot, ECFMG invites all medical schools worldwide to join the GEMx partnership. Medical schools interested in learning more are encouraged to contact GEMx staff to set up a one-on-one appointment via Skype or teleconference. To arrange an appointment, use the convenient on‑line booking system or send e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., ECFMG’s President & Chief Executive Officer, said, “The goal of GEMx—to increase access to international exchanges in medical education—will help provide the world’s future physicians with the international perspective required to meet health care needs in an increasingly globalized world. It also speaks directly to ECFMG’s mission of enhancing medical education and promoting quality health care.”

For more information, read the press release and visit www.gemxelectives.org.


Fee Increases for 2015
December 22, 2014
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, Fees, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Effective January 1, 2015, fees for some ECFMG services will increase. The fees that will increase include:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will increase from $850 to $865 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will increase from $1,480 to $1,505 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will increase from $0-$1,230 (depending on date of cancellation) to $0-$1,250 (depending on date of cancellation).

The new examination fees will be assessed for all applications submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2015.

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.


World Directory of Medical Schools to Replace International Medical Education Directory (IMED) in 2015 for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification

By mid-2015, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) will use the World Directory of Medical Schools in determining the eligibility of its applicants for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) and for ECFMG Certification. ECFMG will begin to use the World Directory when it is fully operational and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) discontinues IMED. Until such time, ECFMG continues to use IMED for this purpose.

The World Directory combines the data in FAIMER’s IMED with the data in the Avicenna Directory of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). The combined directory offers a more comprehensive listing of the world’s medical schools and enhanced information in areas such as enrollment and curricula.

About ECFMG eligibility requirements for medical schools

In order for a medical school’s students and graduates to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG must determine that the school is recognized by the appropriate agency in the country where the school is located. IMED lists medical schools recognized by the appropriate agency in the country where the school is located.

The mission of the new World Directory is broader—to list all medical schools in the world. As a result, the World Directory includes medical schools that do not meet ECFMG’s eligibility requirements. International medical students and graduates who wish to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification will need to consult the World Directory, as described below, to determine if their school meets ECFMG eligibility requirements.

Determining ECFMG eligibility using the World Directory

The World Directory is sponsored by a number of organizations, including ECFMG. These sponsoring organizations may provide information for display in the directory. The information that ECFMG will provide will include whether the school meets ECFMG eligibility requirements. When the World Directory becomes fully operational, this information will be available on a “Sponsor tab” in the school’s World Directory listing.

To determine whether their medical school meets eligibility requirements for them to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification, international medical students and graduates will need to consult the Sponsor tab for that school. If, after the World Directory becomes fully operational, a school’s listing does not include information about ECFMG eligibility on the Sponsor tab, students and graduates of that medical school will not be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination or for ECFMG Certification.

The merger of the two directories does not impact whether a school meets ECFMG’s requirements for its students and graduates to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification. Schools that are recognized and listed in IMED will be listed in the fully operational World Directory as schools whose students and graduates are eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification. (To be eligible, medical students and graduates must meet all eligibility requirements as detailed in the ECFMG Information Booklet.)

Medical students and graduates cannot use the World Directory to determine their school’s eligibility until the World Directory becomes fully operational, which is expected by mid-2015. These individuals should continue to use IMED until further notice and should monitor the ECFMG website for updates.

About the World Directory of Medical Schools

The World Directory is a joint venture of WFME and FAIMER, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen. An agreement to form the World Directory by combining the data in WFME’s Avicenna Directory and FAIMER’s IMED was finalized in March 2012. WFME and FAIMER have been working together since that time to create the new directory and launched an initial version in April 2014. FAIMER and WFME expect the World Directory to be fully operational by mid-2015.

The World Directory is sponsored by a number of organizations, including ECFMG, that work with WFME and FAIMER in the development of the directory, and contribute to the decision-making process about criteria for inclusion of medical schools in the directory, core data to be collected on each school, presentation of the data, and management of the directory. School listings in the World Directory are updated and added appropriately as new information becomes available. For more information, visit the World Directory website at www.wdoms.org.

 


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 15
November 12, 2014
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 15, 2014. 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
  • IMED—International Medical Education Directory
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Physician Portal
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Report Portal
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for schools (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

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


Updated Abbreviation List for Step 2 CS Patient Notes
November 4, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Examinees complete a patient note after each patient encounter in the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination. A list of common abbreviations that may be used in the notes is included in the Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet, and is posted at each computer station at all Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers.

The Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet now includes an updated version of the abbreviation list; this version will be posted at test centers beginning November 3, 2014.

Changes to the list are minor. Examinees should be aware that this is not a complete list of all acceptable abbreviations, but rather represents the types of common abbreviations that may be used on the patient note. Patient notes are rated by licensed, board-certified physicians with experience in medical education, who will understand common medical abbreviations. However, an examinee who is in doubt about the correct abbreviation to use should write out the word or phrase.


USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines
November 4, 2014
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

USMLE Score Interpretation Guidelines (SIG) have been posted to the USMLE website.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


New Display Features To Be Piloted in Practice Sessions
November 4, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, Step 2 CK

Practice Sessions are primarily intended to provide examinees with the opportunity to become familiar with the Prometric Test Center environment. From time to time, the USMLE program uses Practice Sessions to pilot new features and get feedback from examinees. Three new user-adjustable display features will be piloted in USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) Practice Sessions delivered at a limited number of Prometric Test Centers on or after November 3, 2014.

The first 500 examinees to schedule an appointment for a Practice Session with the new display features on or after November 3, 2014 will have a $40 discount applied to their fee. Scheduling is restricted to a limited number of Prometric Test Centers during this pilot.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


State Board Sponsorship for Step 3 Discontinued
October 24, 2014
Filed under: Step 3

With the introduction of the restructured Step 3 examination in 2014, the USMLE program no longer requires 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) remain applicable, as do all other USMLE program requirements (e.g., no more than 6 attempts at a Step or a Step component).

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.

(posted October 15, 2013; updated October 24, 2014)




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