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REMINDER: ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 8-9
September 3, 2015
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 8, 2015.

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.

(posted August 27, 2015; updated September 3, 2015)


REMINDER: Incomplete IWA Exam Applications Will Be Deleted on September 8
September 3, 2015
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2016 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 8, 2015. 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.

(posted August 27, 2015; updated September 3, 2015)


ECFMG’s GEMx Expands to Other Health Professions
September 2, 2015
Filed under: General, Press Releases

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will expand its GEMxSM program beyond medicine to other health professions. Currently serving the international medical education community, GEMx is a global partnership that connects schools and other institutions around the world to offer students increased access to international educational exchange opportunities. Such opportunities can empower students with an international perspective to better meet the health care needs of an increasingly globalized world. Through expansion to other health professions—such as nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, and others—GEMx will facilitate greater interdisciplinary education and strengthen relationships across the health professions.

ECFMG is actively exploring relationships with new institutions in the health professions worldwide. Representatives of interested institutions can learn more about how GEMx can meet their educational exchange needs by contacting GEMx program staff at 001 (215) 823-2288 or at info@gemxelectives.org.

Read the full press release.


Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) Field Trial
August 17, 2015
Filed under: General

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) has developed new software to deliver the Primum® Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) component of Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), which is jointly owned by the NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards. The new software incorporates user-adjustable display features, specifically text magnification and reverse color (color inversion).

NBME is planning a field trial of the software from November 16, 2015 through February 29, 2016 at select Prometric test centers in the United States. NBME is seeking medical students and graduates with varying levels of visual ability (with or without visual impairments) to participate in the field trial.

Interested individuals should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Availability of 2016 Information Booklet and Application Materials
August 13, 2015
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

The ECFMG 2016 Information Booklet and the 2016 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September 2015.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you will be able to use the 2016 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2015 (September 2015-November 2015 and October 2015-December 2015) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2016, beginning with the November 2015-January 2016 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2016 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 2016 Information Booklet and application materials.


Change to ECFMG’s Transfer Credit Policy for IMGs Applying for ECFMG Certification and USMLE

To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, an international medical graduate (IMG) must have been awarded credit for at least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given toward completion of the medical curriculum) by a school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination. ECFMG’s transfer credit policy places restrictions on credits transferred to the degree-granting medical school that can be used to meet this requirement.

Effective July 14, 2015, ECFMG modified its transfer credit policy for IMGs who apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). Following is the modified transfer credit policy, which represents an update to the ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet.

Transfer Credits

Transfer credits are credits earned for a course taken at one institution (such as a medical school) that are accepted by another medical school toward meeting its degree requirements. For example, a student attends a medical school for one year and earns credits for 12 courses. The student transfers to another medical school, which accepts the credits for those 12 courses toward meeting its degree requirements. The credits for those 12 courses are then referred to as transfer credits.

If you transferred credits to the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree, you must disclose and document these credits when you apply to ECFMG for examination, regardless of when the credits were earned. (For more information, see Credentials for ECFMG Certification in the Medical Education Credentials section of the 2015 Information Booklet.) Failure to disclose and document these credits may have a number of negative consequences, including delaying exam registration and certification by ECFMG, and may result in a finding of irregular behavior.

Additionally, for the purpose of ECFMG Certification, credits earned on or after January 1, 2008 that are transferred to the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree must meet all of the following criteria:

  • If credits for more than eight courses were transferred, all credits must have been transferred from one medical school to another medical school, both of which must be:
    • located in the United States or Canada and listed in the World Directory, or
    • listed in the World Directory as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination.*
  • Credits must be for courses that were passed at the medical school at which the course was taken.

If your transferred credits do not comply with all the criteria listed above, you will not meet the requirements to be registered by ECFMG for examination or the requirements to be certified by ECFMG. If your transferred credits do not meet all the criteria listed above, you may request an exception from the ECFMG Medical Education Credentials Committee.

*Important Note: The requirement that credits must be transferred from one medical school that meets the criteria above to another medical school that meets the criteria above does not apply to credits transferred only to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum of the medical school that awarded or will award the medical degree. If you transferred credits to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum at the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree from an institution that does not meet the criteria listed above, you must provide ECFMG with a letter from the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree confirming that the credits were transferred to the pre-medical portion of the curriculum only. This letter must be on the letterhead of the medical school and be signed by an authorized official of your medical school. This letter must be submitted in conjunction with the application for examination and must accompany the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183). Applications received without this letter may be rejected. This letter is in addition to disclosing and documenting all transferred credits as described above.


Processing of Service Requests in Relation to Applicants and Institutions from Cuba
July 16, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of service requests in relation to applicants from and institutions in Cuba. As previously announced, ECFMG was not processing such requests, pending approval of its license application for Cuba by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Today, ECFMG was advised that OFAC has approved the license application.

ECFMG thanks all of its applicants and client organizations for their patience and cooperation throughout this situation.

Please monitor this website. Updates will be posted as they become available.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 18
July 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 July 18, 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
  • 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 institutions (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange 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.


Processing of USMLE Applications for Applicants from Sudan
July 10, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of applications for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) for applicants from Sudan.

Currently, ECFMG still cannot process certain other service requests not related to administration of USMLE, pending approval of its license application by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

We regret any inconvenience to our applicants and thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

Please monitor this website for updates. We look forward to posting additional updates, as they become available.


Updated Information and Practice Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Available
July 8, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

Updated information and practice materials for the Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) examination have been posted to the USMLE website. They include:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.




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