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ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable March 18
March 15, 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 7:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 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
    • 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.

Step 2 CS – Examinations in Philadelphia to Take Place as Scheduled March 14 & 15
March 13, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

Please be advised that a winter storm is forecast for the Philadelphia region that may make it more difficult than usual to access the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers on March 14 and 15, 2017. Test centers will, however, remain open and USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinations will take place as scheduled. Examinees are advised to exercise caution and allow themselves extra time when traveling to the test centers to ensure that they arrive safely and on time.

ACGME Releases Revised Requirements for U.S. Residency and Fellowship Programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today released a final set of revisions to the professional standards that all accredited U.S. residency and fellowship programs follow. The new requirements, which take effect July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.

While the total number of hours per week that first-year residents work will not change, the revised requirements return first-year residents to the same schedule as other residents and fellows, re-establishing the commitment to team-based care and seamless continuity of care while also ensuring professionalism, empathy, and the commitment of first-year residents to their patients. The limit on continuous work for first-year residents will return to 24 hours, a limit that has been in place nationwide for all other residents and fellows, plus up to four hours to manage necessary care transitions.

For more on the revised requirements, please read:

Understanding Your USMLE Score Report
March 7, 2017
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

A short video designed to help examinees interpret the USMLE score report, and understand decisions and actions that can be taken based on exam performance, is available on the USMLE website.

The video is part of a USMLE Program effort to address frequently asked questions from examinees and others about the USMLE examination process. Additional videos will be forthcoming.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information

Update: Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order that limits the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. This new order replaces Executive Order 13769, which was signed on January 27.

At this time, ECFMG is reviewing the new order in consultation with immigration counsel and other organizations in the U.S. medical education community. As we determine what impacts the new order might have on international medical students and graduates, we will communicate directly with individuals that we believe may be affected. We also will provide updates to officials of U.S. graduate medical education programs.

As updates become available, they also will be posted to our Resources on Executive Order web page. Please monitor this web page for the latest information.

[posted January 28, 2017; updated February 4, 2017, March 6, 2017]

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 1 Examination Are Available
February 23, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 1 examination have been posted to the USMLE website.

Examinees planning to take a Step 1 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting
February 21, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 1, USMLE Score Reporting

Most score reporting of Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of April 24, 2017.  The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of April 24 through late May will be Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before June 28, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than April 23.

Although the transition will occur quickly at many test centers, there may be some locations where the changes take slightly longer to complete. The overall transition period will likely last approximately six weeks. Please note that scores on new and old exam forms will be comparable.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Minimum Passing Performance
January 26, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

The USMLE program recommends a minimum passing level for each Step examination. The USMLE Management Committee is responsible for establishing and monitoring these standards, and is asked to complete an in-depth review of standards for each examination every three to four years.

An announcement on the USMLE Management Committee’s review of the minimum passing score for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination has been posted on the USMLE website. Examinees should read the full announcement and monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

ECFMG’s On-line Services Are Available
January 16, 2017
Filed under: EPIC, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

ECFMG’s on-line services are now available. These services had been unavailable due to lack of internet connectivity.

We sincerely thank all applicants and clients for their patience and cooperation as we worked to resolve this issue.

(posted 2:20 p.m., ET, January 14, 2017; updated 3:20 p.m., ET, January 14, 2017; updated 5:25 p.m., ET, January 15, 2017; updated 9:00 p.m., ET, January 15, 2017; updated 9:30 a.m., ET, January 16, 2017: updated 10:00 a.m., ET, January 16, 2017)

Instructions for Examinees Who Need USMLE Scheduling Permits for January 16 and January 17 Exams
January 16, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

As previously announced, ECFMG’s on-line services currently are unavailable. If you are scheduled to take a USMLE exam today (January 16) or tomorrow (January 17) and need your scheduling permit, please post a message to ECFMG’s Facebook page that includes your name of record. A member of ECFMG’s staff will contact you directly via Facebook Messenger to obtain your personal information (USMLE ID, exam name) and will assist you in obtaining the permit.

Thank you for your patience as we work to restore our on-line services.

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