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Processing of Service Requests in Relation to Applicants and Institutions from Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan
July 2, 2015
Filed under: General

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury currently restricts interactions between U.S. organizations and entities in certain countries/regions, including Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan. ECFMG has applied to OFAC for licenses for Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan that, if approved, would permit ECFMG’s activities related to verification of medical credentials and ECFMG Certification. Pending approval of these licenses, ECFMG cannot process certain service requests related to applicants and institutions from Crimea, Cuba, and Sudan.

We regret any inconvenience to our applicants and thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

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


Update: World Directory of Medical Schools Replaces International Medical Education Directory for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification and USMLE

Effective June 30, 2015, international medical students and graduates (IMGs) must use the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) to determine their eligibility to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

As previously announced by ECFMG, the World Directory includes medical schools that do not meet ECFMG’s eligibility requirements. Before applying to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or USMLE, IMGs should consult the World Directory, available at www.wdoms.org, to confirm that students and graduates of their medical schools are eligible. Instructions for using the World Directory to determine ECFMG eligibility are available in the Important Notice: World Directory of Medical Schools Replaces International Medical Education Directory (IMED) for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification and USMLE®, available on this website. This document also includes examples of the ECFMG policies that have been modified as a result of the transition to the World Directory.

Read the full press release.


ERAS 2016 Residency Tokens Now Available
June 23, 2015
Filed under: 2016 Match, ERAS 2016

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2016 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2016 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

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 and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.


USMLE Score Reporting Schedule: Independence Holiday Week
June 23, 2015
Filed under: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting

As has been practice for the USMLE program, USMLE score reports will not be released during the week of July 4. Therefore, score reports will not be released on Wednesday, July 1. Regular score reporting will resume on Wednesday, July 8.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.


ECFMG Establishes Grants Program for Students Participating in GEMx—Applications Accepted Beginning July 1
June 9, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it has established a new grants program in conjunction with its Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM) program. Through the GEMx Student Exchange Grants, ECFMG will offer financial awards of US$1,000 to up to two qualifying students from each GEMx Partner—medical schools and other institutions that participate in GEMx. Students can use these grants for travel, lodging, and incidental expenses associated with participating in an elective offered through GEMx. ECFMG will accept grant applications beginning July 1, 2015 for electives that begin in 2016.

ECFMG established the GEMx Student Exchange Grants to help Partner Institutions and their students take full advantage of all that GEMx has to offer. The grants will provide support for students who otherwise might not be able to participate in an elective exchange opportunity. For Partners, ECFMG is pleased to add the grants program to the benefits of membership in the GEMx partnership. ECFMG looks forward to administering the grants program in conjunction with its GEMx Partner Institutions, which will identify and nominate their students for the grants. For more information on GEMx Student Exchange Grants, including eligibility requirements, visit the GEMx Student Exchange Grants page on the GEMx website. Partner Institutions can obtain the application packet by sending e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.

ECFMG’s GEMx program is a global partnership for exchange in medical education. GEMx Partners are medical schools and other institutions around the world that share a commitment to making international exchange a part of their medical education programs. GEMx connects these institutions to form a community that works to improve global education in medicine by offering medical students increased access to exchange opportunities in medical education. To learn more, visit the GEMx website at www.gemxelectives.org. Institutions interested in joining GEMx should send e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.


Update: Verification of Iranian Credentials
June 5, 2015
Filed under: General

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it will resume processing of requests for verification of medical credentials issued by educational, health care, and medical registration/licensing institutions in Iran. As previously announced, ECFMG was not processing such requests, pending clarification of restrictions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. On June 5, ECFMG was advised by OFAC officials that it is permitted to engage in verification activities for medical credentials issued in Iran.

ECFMG would like to thank all affected physicians and clients for their patience and cooperation while we worked toward positive resolution of this important issue.


Update: Verification of Iranian Medical Credentials
June 3, 2015
Filed under: General

On Wednesday, June 3, ECFMG consulted with officials of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Department of Treasury to clarify whether OFAC restrictions permit ECFMG to engage in verification activities for medical credentials issued in Iran. Based on this consultation, ECFMG is diligently working toward resolution of this important issue.

Once again, we regret any inconvenience, and we thank all of our clients for their patience and cooperation.

Please monitor this website. We will post additional updates as they become available.

Read the June 5, 2015 update.

(posted June 3, 2015; updated June 5, 2015)


Updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Orientation Video
June 2, 2015
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

An updated version of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) orientation video has been posted to the USMLE website.

The video includes updated information regarding break time, personal items, and use of hand sanitizer.

All Step 2 CS examinees are strongly encouraged to watch the video and to read the USMLE Step 2 CS Content Description and General Information booklet before taking the exam.


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.

Read the June 3, 2015 update.

Read the June 5, 2015 update.

(posted May 29, 2015; updated June 3, 2015, June 5, 2015)


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.




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