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Verification of Iranian Medical Credentials
May 29, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG verifies the authenticity of credentials related to physicians’ medical education, training, and registration/licensure directly with the institutions that issued the credentials. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury currently restricts certain interactions between U.S. organizations and entities in Iran. ECFMG is in the process of clarifying the allowed parameters of interacting with educational, health care, and medical registration/licensing institutions in Iran for the purpose of verifying credentials issued by those institutions. Pending this clarification, ECFMG is not processing requests to verify credentials issued by institutions in Iran.

ECFMG is aware of the potential impact of this situation on its clients and is working actively to resolve the situation. At this time, ECFMG is in the process of:

  • Seeking clarification of the impact of OFAC restrictions on its ability to contact medical schools, hospitals, medical regulatory authorities, and other institutions in Iran;
  • Determining available alternatives for verifying medical credentials issued by institutions in Iran;
  • Notifying clients affected by the current situation; and
  • Developing informed and accurate informational materials to provide guidance and minimize disruption for affected clients.

ECFMG is committed to maintaining the highest quality credentials verification for all physicians and organizations that we serve. We regret any inconvenience, and we thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

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


REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2016 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now
May 29, 2015
Filed under: 2016 Match, ERAS 2016, Step 2 CS

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2016 Match (in March 2016) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2016 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2015. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2015. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in October 2015.

The USMLE program also has issued a Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS, strongly encouraging medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.


ERAS 2016 Program Information for IMGs Now Available
May 28, 2015
Filed under: 2016 Match, ERAS 2016

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) 2016 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2016, 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 apply to these programs using ERAS.

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

  • See an overview of the Application Process.
  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will allow you to access the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to 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 2016 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning June 23, 2015. You can use a 2016 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 23, 2015.


ECFMG President & CEO Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., Announces Retirement
May 27, 2015
Filed under: General, Press Releases

National Search for New Chief Executive Begins

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., President & CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), has announced that he will retire in June 2016. As President & CEO of ECFMG, Dr. Cassimatis also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of ECFMG’s foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). Dr. Cassimatis has held both positions since July 2009.

Read the press release.


Step 2 CK – Schedule for Score Reporting and Change in Number of Items
May 20, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK, USMLE Score Reporting

The USMLE program usually reports Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores 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 between the week of July 13 through late August. The target date for reporting Step 2 CK scores for most examinees who test during this time period will be Wednesday, September 16, 2015.

If you need to receive a Step 2 CK score before September 16, we recommend that you take Step 2 CK no later than Friday, July 10, 2015.

During the period July 13 through late August, the number of items per block on a given examination form will vary but will not exceed 44 items. The number of items in a block is displayed on the screen at the beginning of the block. Please note this information and pace yourself accordingly.

The total number of items on the overall examination form will not exceed the current 350 items. The length of the testing day will not change. The test day will continue to be divided into eight 60-minute blocks, administered in one nine-hour testing session. The variation in number of items per block will not impact scoring.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable May 16
May 13, 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 May 16, 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.


Important Information for International Medical Students and Graduates (IMGs) in Nepal Affected by Earthquake
May 1, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is following events related to the major earthquake that occurred recently in Nepal. We extend our sympathies to all affected by this tragedy. We are also aware of the potential disruptions this situation may cause for IMGs in using ECFMG’s programs and services. These disruptions include, but are not limited to, the inability to schedule and take examinations, and to locate important documents.

If you are an IMG in an area of Nepal affected by the earthquake, we stand ready to assist you in overcoming such disruptions. Contact ECFMG:

  • by e-mail at info@ecfmg.org. Please include your full name and USMLE ID Number, if one has been assigned. Be sure to include the ECFMG service with which we can assist you and instructions on how to contact you.
  • by telephone at (215) 386-5900. Telephone assistance is available 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday.

Additional information will be posted to the ECFMG website as it becomes available.


2016 Schedule for Reporting Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Results is Available
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

The 2016 schedule provides examinees, and others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. Click here to view the schedule.


2015 and 2016 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
April 16, 2015
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

 

Step 2 CS 2015 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through February 7

March 4

March 25

February 8 through March 28

April 29

May 27

March 29 through May 23

June 24

July 22

May 24 through July 11

August 12

September 9

July 12 through September 5

October 7

November 4

September 6 through October 31

December 9

January 6 (2016)

November 1 through December 31

February 3 (2016)

February 24 (2016)

 

Step 2 CS 2016 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 30

March 2

March 23

January 31 through March 19*

April 13

May 11

March 20 through May 21

July 6

August 3

May 22 through July 16

August 17

September 14

July 17 through September 10

October 12

November 9

September 11 through November 5

December 14

January 11, 2017

November 6 through December 31

February 1, 2017

February 22, 2017

 

* No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 13 through 19.

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015, April 16, 2015)


FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2015 Projects That Work Competition
April 8, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), sponsors a Projects That Work competition as part of the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The competition showcases projects in health professions education that have had a sustained, significant impact on health, the community, or the school, and it is intended to encourage the ongoing development and implementation of such projects. FAIMER will sponsor one representative from up to five selected projects to attend the conference and present their projects at a panel session.

This year, The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) will host a joint conference in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2015 conference theme, “Education for Change,” for three years or longer.

FAIMER sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee for representatives of the five winning projects. To submit a project description for the Projects That Work competition and apply for FAIMER sponsorship, click here. Applications are due May 15, 2015.

Visit the FAIMER news page to read about last year’s conference and Projects That Work competition winners.

More information about the 2015 joint conference will be published to The Network: TUFH website as it becomes available.

(posted April 8, 2015; updated April 29, 2015)




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