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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)


A Message about the Ebola Outbreak for Individuals Scheduled to Take USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS)
October 22, 2014
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued travel notices for several countries in connection with the Ebola Virus outbreak. For the most current information concerning affected countries, please see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/diseases/ebola.

If you reside in or have recently traveled to any country subject to a travel notice, or if you might have come in contact with anyone with Ebola, and have concerns about your health and/or the health and safety of those with whom you might come in contact, you are strongly encouraged to contact ECFMG to reschedule your Step 2 CS examination, at no additional fee. ECFMG’s Applicant Information Services representatives can be reached via telephone at (215) 386-5900 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States) and via e-mail at info@ecfmg.org.


September 2015 Hotel Availability for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees Testing in Philadelphia
October 16, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Due to a major international event scheduled for September 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia, hotel availability will be limited and rates may be higher than usual. Examinees planning to schedule a USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia in September 2015 should note that while the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, it may be difficult and/or more expensive to obtain a hotel room during this time.


MyECFMG Mobile App Update Offers New Features
September 26, 2014
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that an update is now available for the MyECFMG mobile app that offers new features to users. The update enables anyone who downloads the app to easily view the latest news headlines from ECFMG without having to log in to the app. Users with an assigned USMLE/ECFMG identification number and an established ECFMG On-line Services password can now use MyECFMG to request that certain ECFMG forms be sent to them by e-mail. If applicable, they can also view information about their J-1 visa sponsorship and sponsored dependents.

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 September 20
September 17, 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 September 20, 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.


Score Reporting of Administrations with Accommodations

The United States Medical Licensing Examination Program provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for individuals with documented disabilities who demonstrate a need for accommodation. The USMLE Composite Committee has directed that USMLE score reports and transcripts issued on or after September 10, 2014 will not include an annotation that a test accommodation was granted.


2015 Information Booklet and Application Materials Now Available
September 11, 2014
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

The ECFMG 2015 Information Booklet and the 2015 exam application materials are now available on the ECFMG website.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can 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 and important information.

(posted August 14, 2014; updated September 11, 2014)


ECFMG Selected as Live-streaming Affiliate for TEDMED 2014
September 8, 2014
Filed under: General

TEDMED-2014

ECFMG has been selected as a live-streaming affiliate for TEDMED 2014, the health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference. TEDMED 2014 will take place September 10-12 with stages in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. ECFMG is proud to be a part of this global discussion that aims to seed the innovations in health and medicine of today, making the breakthroughs of tomorrow possible.

The theme for TEDMED 2014 is “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.” The conference will welcome some of the most respected names in science, journalism, education, business, and technology. To learn more about TEDMED, visit http://tedmed.com/.


ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 9-10
August 27, 2014
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 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.


Incomplete IWA Exam Applications Will Be Deleted on September 9
August 27, 2014
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

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.




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