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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
    • 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.


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.


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.


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.


Technical Difficulties with USMLE Step 2 CS Calendar & Scheduling System
October 31, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

The USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Calendar & Scheduling System is currently experiencing technical difficulties. As a result, examinees may not be able to schedule or reschedule a testing appointment using the on-line system at this time. Examinees are encouraged to try again later.

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




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