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ECFMG Hopes to See You at FSMB’s Annual Meeting, April 20-22
April 19, 2017
Filed under: General

ECFMG is a proud sponsor of this year’s Annual Meeting of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) in Fort Worth, Texas, April 20-22. On Saturday, April 22, listen to ECFMG President & CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D., and other distinguished panelists as they discuss “The International Mobility of Physicians.” We also invite attendees to visit ECFMG staff at exhibit #3 to learn more about ECFMG and to share ideas for how we can better serve the U.S. medical regulatory community.

Since 2004, ECFMG has partnered with FSMB in the primary-source verification of the medical education credentials of IMGs who pursue U.S. licensure and apply to FSMB’s Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). We look forward to many informative sessions and engaging conversations with attendees.

Technical Difficulties with ECFMG Phone System – UPDATE: Service Restored
April 13, 2017
Filed under: General

UPDATE: Phone service has been restored.

ECFMG is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system. As a result, you may not be able to reach us at our various service phone numbers. An update will be posted to this website as soon as the issue has been resolved.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.

IMG Performance in the 2017 Match

For the 15th consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 28,849 first-year positions were offered in the 2017 Match. This represents an increase of 989 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 8,200 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2016, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match decreased by 435. While the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions decreased by 47, the percentage of IMGs who matched increased. Of the 12,355 IMGs who participated in the 2017 Match, 6,591 (53.3%) matched. In the 2016 Match, 6,638 (51.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a very small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2016 and 2017 Matches. For 2017, these data include two Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,284 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,814 (52.4%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions increased in 2017 for the sixth year in a row, this year by 45.

Of the 5,069 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,777 (54.8%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 92 from last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 12 of the last 14 Matches.

About the Match

The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs. Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are for GME programs that typically begin the following July.

Additional Resources on the Match and Match Results

The preceding Match data are based on the Advance Data Tables: 2017 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2017 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit

In December of each year, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association traditionally publishes an in-depth analysis of graduate medical education in the United States. This analysis includes the number of IMGs entering and continuing in U.S. GME programs and a breakdown of IMG resident physicians by specialty and subspecialty. Visit your medical school’s library or

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:

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]

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.

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