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Cautionary Advisory to International Medical Graduates Regarding Certification Requirements
September 17, 2014
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Press Releases

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) is issuing cautionary advice to all international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking positions in graduate medical education in the United States concerning organizations other than ECFMG representing that they have a role in certifying the qualifications of IMGs to enter into residency and fellowship programs in the United States. IMGs should be aware that no certifications other than ECFMG Certification are required for IMGs’ eligibility to apply for residency and fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or for unrestricted medical licensure in the United States.

Please read the press release.


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.


ECFMG and Its Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) Sponsor IAMRA 2014
August 11, 2014
Filed under: EPIC, General

ECFMG and its Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) are proud to sponsor the 11th International Conference on Medical Regulation of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA 2014), which will take place September 9-12 in London. As a conference partner, we look forward to supporting IAMRA’s important functions of sharing information and best practices, as well as the efforts of attendees to achieve excellence in medical regulation.

IAMRA 2014 will offer ECFMG a number of opportunities to showcase EPIC, ECFMG’s initiative that is raising the world’s standard for the verification of physician credentials. Any of the world’s organizations that evaluate the qualifications of physicians—including the medical regulatory authorities (MRAs) that will be represented at IAMRA 2014—can use EPIC at no cost to access ECFMG’s world-class, primary-source verification services. By using EPIC, all organizations responsible for evaluating the qualifications of physicians can make primary-source verification a part of their process.

We are excited about the opportunities that IAMRA 2014 will offer to connect with representatives of the world’s medical regulatory authorities! If you plan to attend IAMRA 2014, be sure to join ECFMG staff for the lunch session on Thursday, September 11, and visit us at ECFMG’s booth. There are also opportunities for personalized discussions with ECFMG staff; if you are a representative of an MRA and would like to meet with ECFMG staff during IAMRA 2014 to learn more about EPIC, contact William C. Kelly, Acting Vice President for Operations, at bkelly@ecfmg.org.

All organizations (and physicians!) can learn more about EPIC by visiting www.ecfmgepic.org or by sending e-mail to info@ecfmgepic.org.


Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees
August 4, 2014
Filed under: 2014 Information Booklet Updates, Fees, Step 2 CS

Beginning September 1, 2014, the rescheduling fees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination will change. If you have a scheduled testing appointment and are unable to take the exam on your scheduled test date or at your scheduled center, you may cancel your scheduled testing appointment and reschedule for a different date and/or center, subject to availability. You may cancel and/or reschedule at any time through the end of the day before your scheduled test date. However, no canceling is allowed beginning at 12:00 AM, Eastern Time in the United States, on your scheduled test date. The date that you cancel your testing appointment will determine the amount of your rescheduling fee, as described in the list and table below. All dates and notice periods are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

  • If you cancel more than 14 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will not be charged a fee when you reschedule.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 14 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will be charged a $400 fee when you reschedule.
  • If you cancel 2 calendar days before your scheduled test date, you will be charged a $615 fee when you reschedule.
  • If you cancel 1 day before your scheduled test date you will be charged a $1,230 fee when you reschedule.
  • If you miss your scheduled testing appointment without canceling, you will be charged a $1,230 fee when you reschedule.
Example: Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fees
Scheduled Test Date Cancel Date(s) Fee
July 15 On or before June 30 No fee
July 1 – July 12 $400
July 13 $615
July 14 $1,230

If you cancel without rescheduling or miss your scheduled testing appointment, there is no guarantee that testing appointments during your eligibility period will be available when you attempt to reschedule. If you do not reschedule within your eligibility period, you must submit a new application and exam registration fee in order to take the exam.

If you are unable to keep your scheduled testing appointment, we encourage you to cancel your appointment as soon as possible, regardless of whether you are ready to reschedule. When examinees cancel more than 14 calendar days before their appointment, it is more likely that another examinee will be able to fill that testing slot. Avoiding large numbers of unfilled testing slots helps the USMLE Program manage capacity and minimize increases in the cost of the exam.


Updated Information Materials for the Step 2 CK Examination Available
July 28, 2014
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CK

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

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website, and continue to monitor the USMLE and ECFMG websites for the latest information.




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