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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.


Executive Order Limiting Entry of Certain Foreign Nationals to United States

ECFMG is following developments related to the executive order signed by President Trump that limits the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States, and we continue to evaluate the impact of this order. We also recognize that international medical students and graduates have questions and concerns about the impact of this executive order, and we are communicating directly with individuals that we believe may be affected.

The latest and most complete information available from ECFMG is on our Resources on Executive Order 13769 web page. Please monitor this web page for updates.

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


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.


Update: ECFMG’s Administrative Office in Philadelphia Will Be Open Today, January 13
January 13, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

Due to an emergency plumbing issue, ECFMG’s Philadelphia office closed yesterday at 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States. This issue has been resolved, and ECFMG’s Philadelphia office will reopen today, January 13, for normal business hours.

Step 2 CS examinees who are scheduled to test in Philadelphia on January 13 should report for their test sessions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unforeseen event.


Fee Increases for 2017
December 28, 2016
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, Fees, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Effective January 1, 2017, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The Application for ECFMG Certification fee will be $75.
  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $895 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will be $1,550 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will be 0-$1,280 (depending on date of cancellation).
  • The J-1 visa sponsorship application fee will be $325.
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $40.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2017 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2017 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.


Updated Practice and Informational Materials for Step 3 Available
December 2, 2016
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 3

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. These materials reflect new features described in a previous announcement.

Examinees who plan to take a Step 3 examination on or after January 16, 2017 should read the materials and practice with the updated sample items and cases. The materials include:

  • Downloadable practice test materials, with tutorials
  • Feedback for Step 3 CCS practice cases
  • USMLE Step 3 Sample Items booklet (PDF)  – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016
  • USMLE Step 3 Content Description and General Information booklet (PDF) – the updated version will be available December 2, 2016

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 19
November 15, 2016
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 November 19, 2016. 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.


Health Professions Councils of Namibia and ECFMG Announce Partnership
November 7, 2016
Filed under: EPIC, Press Releases

ECFMG is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical credentials of Namibia’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of Namibia. HPCNA now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have required medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides HPCNA with ECFMG’s rigorous, internationally recognized primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

Read the full press release.




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