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Relocation of Caribbean Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma
September 15, 2017
Filed under: General, Severe Weather

ECFMG is monitoring the impact of Hurricane Irma and its widespread and significant destruction throughout the Caribbean. Many international medical students, including U.S. citizens, study at medical schools located in the Caribbean, and some of these facilities are now no longer able to operate safely as a result of Hurricane Irma. Some impacted medical schools have temporarily relocated their educational activity to the United States to minimize disruption of their students’ medical education until they are safely able to return to their educational facilities in the Caribbean. ECFMG supports efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of international medical students impacted by these and other catastrophic events.

ECFMG defines an international medical school as a medical school or program chartered and operated under the authority of a country outside the United States and Canada whose graduates are eligible to practice medicine in that country upon graduation. Medical schools or programs operating in the United States, its territories or protectorates, and Canada, or that are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), are not considered international medical schools for the purposes of ECFMG Certification. However, ECFMG recognizes the gravity of the impact that Hurricane Irma has had on some medical schools and their students in the Caribbean. ECFMG supports the effort of the officials of impacted medical schools to ensure the safety of medical students and staff by temporarily relocating educational facilities. If educational activities are temporarily relocated as a result of Hurricane Irma or any other catastrophic event, the temporary relocation should be approved by the applicable governmental authorities of the home country and by the accrediting authority, if any. Any school temporarily relocated to the United States that extends beyond the temporary period will not be considered to be an international medical school, and its students may no longer be eligible for ECFMG Certification, including registration for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) as a step toward ECFMG Certification.

Schools that have relocated or plan to relocate their operations to the United States or elsewhere as a result of Hurricane Irma should provide ECFMG with: a) a formal notice to ECFMG that includes the address of where the school is temporarily located and the expected date of when the school will return to its home country, b) copies of approvals from the home country governmental authorities, and c) copies of approvals from the accrediting agency, if any. This information should be e-mailed to Medical Education Resources at medschoolreview@ecfmg.org, along with any questions or comments.

Finally, ECFMG expresses its sympathy and concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma and hopes that medical schools are able to return to normal operations as quickly as possible.


Important Information for Students Considering Transferring from Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma
September 14, 2017
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Severe Weather

ECFMG would like to express our continued concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma and its aftermath and voice our support for those involved in ongoing relief efforts.

We understand that some medical students enrolled in Caribbean medical schools experiencing a disruption of services as a result of Hurricane Irma are considering transferring to other medical schools. Before considering a transfer to another medical school, students interested in pursuing ECFMG Certification are strongly advised to ensure they would still meet ECFMG’s requirements for certification, including the medical school requirements, transfer credit requirements, and medical education credentials requirements. If you are a medical student impacted by Hurricane Irma and have any questions, ECFMG staff is ready to assist you. We encourage you to contact ECFMG’s Applicant Information Services by phone at +1 (215) 386-5900 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday), or by e-mail at info@ecfmg.org.


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Atlanta, Georgia, September 11-12
September 10, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Atlanta, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Atlanta test center on Monday, September 11 or Tuesday, September 12. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Atlanta test center September 11-12, a member of CSEC’s support staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Atlanta on Wednesday, September 13. If the status of Wednesday’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.


Important Information for International Medical Students and Graduates (IMGs) and Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma
September 8, 2017
Filed under: General, Severe Weather, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

ECFMG expresses its sympathy and concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma. We are closely monitoring the situation. We are aware of the potential disruptions Hurricane Irma and its aftermath may cause for IMGs, and for medical schools and school officials, in using ECFMG’s programs and services. We stand ready to assist in overcoming such disruptions.

Applicants for ECFMG’s programs and services who are affected by this event, and require assistance, are encouraged to contact Applicant Information Services by phone at (215) 386-5900 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday), or by e-mail at info@ecfmg.org.

For updates on the impact of weather on United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).

Officials from medical schools affected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to contact emswpadmin@ecfmg.org with any questions, or to let us know how this event is impacting you and your school. If there is messaging you would like us to convey when we receive inquiries about your school, ECFMG will assist.

Additional information will be posted to the ECFMG website and shared via Facebook and Twitter as it becomes available.


Houston, Texas, Center Is Open
September 7, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test center in Houston, Texas, re-opened Tuesday, September 5, and administration of the USMLE Step 2 CS examination has resumed. Step 2 CS examinees who are scheduled to test in Houston should report for their test sessions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the severe weather event that necessitated temporary closure of the test center.


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1
August 28, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe flooding in Houston, Texas, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center August 28 through September 1, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Houston on Tuesday, September 5. If the status of Tuesday’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, on Monday, August 28
August 26, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Houston, Texas, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center on Monday, August 28. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center on Monday, August 28, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.

(published August 26, 2017; updated August 28, 2017)


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston on Saturday, August 26
August 25, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Houston, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center on Saturday, August 26. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center on Saturday, August 26, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.

(published August 25, 2017; updated August 26, 2017)


USMLE Examinations and Weather – Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston
August 23, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Severe Weather, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

For updates on the impact of weather on USMLE administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).


Step 2 CS Exam Cancelled in Houston Today
April 18, 2016
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe flooding in Houston, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center today, Monday April 18. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center today, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Houston tomorrow, April 19. If the status of tomorrow’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.




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