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ERAS 2018 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 21, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2018 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app. You can use a 2018 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and work on your residency application.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2018, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


New Features in Step 2 CS Patient Note Program
June 21, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Two user-adjustable display features, text magnification and color inversion, are now available in the patient note program used by Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees after each patient encounter.

Please see the full announcement for more details.


UPDATE: Change to Patient Note Program for the Step 2 CS Exam
June 19, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

On or after September 10, 2017, patient notes written in the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam will automatically submit at the end of the 25 minutes allotted for each patient encounter. Examinees will no longer end the patient note by clicking “Submit.”

A program for practicing writing the patient note is available. Please practice to become familiar with all the features of the program before taking the examination.

Examinees are also encouraged to review the full USMLE announcement for more information.

NOTE: The date for the start of the automatic stop feature was originally projected to be July 16, 2017.


Updated Information and Practice Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Available
May 30, 2017
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. You may view the full announcement here.


ERAS 2018 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
May 25, 2017
Filed under: 2018 Match, ERAS 2018

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2018 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2018, 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 use ERAS to do so.

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

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

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

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2018 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 20, 2017. You can use a 2018 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 20, 2017.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable May 20
May 17, 2017
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 12:00 a.m. through approximately 10:00 p.m. on May 20, 2017. 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.

(published May 17, 2017; updated May 20, 2017)


Updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information Booklet
May 15, 2017
Filed under: Step 2 CS

The Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet has been updated to include information about automatic submission of the patient note as well as recent enhancements to security procedures. In addition, as previously announced, beginning May 21, 2017, examinees may see a case in which the primary task is to assist the standardized patient with making decisions and/or with disease or problem management.

The updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet is available on the USMLE website.


Step 2 CS Communication Skills Cases
May 11, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Beginning May 21, 2017, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees may see a case in which the primary task is to assist the standardized patient with making decisions and/or with disease or problem management. For these cases, a physical examination will not be required, and the data interpretation section of the patient note will not need to be completed.

Not all examinations will include a case designed to assess these communication skills; examinees will see a maximum of one case.


New Requirement for ERAS 2018 Applicants to Emergency Medicine Programs
May 8, 2017
Filed under: ERAS 2018

For the ERAS 2018 application season, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is launching a pilot of their Standardized Video Interview (SVI) program. The SVI pilot is a mandatory requirement for ERAS 2018 applicants to Emergency Medicine programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Emergency Medicine program directors will include the video interview as a component when evaluating applications. The SVI does not replace or replicate in-person interviews.

The deadline to complete the video interview is July 31, 2017, so ERAS applicants planning to apply to ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine programs are encouraged to purchase their ERAS Token and register with MyERAS early to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2018 are expected to be available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 20, 2017.

For complete information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the AAMC Standardized Video Interview web page at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/article/aamc-standardized-video-interview-research-study/.


UPDATE: Scores for Step 3 Examinees Testing January 16, 2017 through Late April 2017
May 2, 2017
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

Scores for most Step 3 examinees testing January 16, 2017 through late April 2017 will be available on May 3, 2017, one week earlier than previously announced.




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