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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]


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.


Public Transportation Strike May Take Effect November 1, 2016 in Philadelphia
October 28, 2016
Filed under: General, Step 2 CS

A public transportation strike may take effect in the city of Philadelphia at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Examinees planning to take the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in Philadelphia should note that, in the event of a strike, the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers will remain open, but it may take longer to reach the test centers due to traffic delays and/or very limited public transportation options. Please monitor the SEPTA website for the most up to date details on the potential strike, including alternate service plans.


FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2017 Projects That Work Competition
October 26, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), is currently inviting applications for the 2017 Projects That Work competition. FAIMER will sponsor one representative from up to five selected projects to attend the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and present their projects at a panel session. The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its fifth year, the Projects That Work competition is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual The Network: TUFH conference. This year, the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2017 conference theme, Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health, for three years or longer.

To learn more about selection criteria and to apply, click here. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.


FAIMER Sponsorship Opportunity: 2017 Student Projects for Health Competition
October 25, 2016
Filed under: General

ECFMG’s nonprofit foundation, the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), is currently inviting applications for the 2017 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by ECFMG’s GEMxSM program and FAIMER, and will be a feature of the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH). The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health. Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present posters about their projects. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

Now in its third year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Approximately 15 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

To learn more about selection criteria and to apply, click here. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.




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