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ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable May 20
May 17, 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 12:00 a.m. through approximately 10:00 p.m. on May 20, 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.

(published May 17, 2017; updated May 20, 2017)

Updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information Booklet
May 15, 2017
Filed under: Step 2 CS

The Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet has been updated to include information about automatic submission of the patient note as well as recent enhancements to security procedures. In addition, as previously announced, beginning May 21, 2017, examinees may see a case in which the primary task is to assist the standardized patient with making decisions and/or with disease or problem management.

The updated Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet is available on the USMLE website.

Step 2 CS Communication Skills Cases
May 11, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Beginning May 21, 2017, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees may see a case in which the primary task is to assist the standardized patient with making decisions and/or with disease or problem management. For these cases, a physical examination will not be required, and the data interpretation section of the patient note will not need to be completed.

Not all examinations will include a case designed to assess these communication skills; examinees will see a maximum of one case.

New Requirement for ERAS 2018 Applicants to Emergency Medicine Programs
May 8, 2017
Filed under: ERAS 2018

For the ERAS 2018 application season, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is launching a pilot of their Standardized Video Interview (SVI) program. The SVI pilot is a mandatory requirement for ERAS 2018 applicants to Emergency Medicine programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Emergency Medicine program directors will include the video interview as a component when evaluating applications. The SVI does not replace or replicate in-person interviews.

The deadline to complete the video interview is July 31, 2017, so ERAS applicants planning to apply to ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine programs are encouraged to purchase their ERAS Token and register with MyERAS early to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2018 are expected to be available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 20, 2017.

For complete information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the AAMC Standardized Video Interview web page at:

UPDATE: Scores for Step 3 Examinees Testing January 16, 2017 through Late April 2017
May 2, 2017
Filed under: Step 3, USMLE Score Reporting

Scores for most Step 3 examinees testing January 16, 2017 through late April 2017 will be available on May 3, 2017, one week earlier than previously announced.

UPDATE: Scheduling Reminder for Step 2 CS
April 27, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

Schedules at all test centers fill up quickly. We strongly encourage examinees to complete their scheduling before May 31 of the calendar year in which they plan to test. Based on scheduling trends, if you try to schedule after August 1, you may find that there are no available testing appointments through the end of the year unless there are cancellations.

The graph below is an estimate of test appointment availability for the next six months as of the date at the bottom of the graph. Please note that the graph does not indicate availability at any one location. Availability at the testing center you choose may differ. Appointment availability changes frequently, so if you are unable to schedule an appointment during a particular time period, please continue to check the Step 2 CS scheduling website. Additional appointments may become available 60 days in advance of a test date.

More information is available in the Applying for the Test and Scheduling Your Test Date section of the Bulletin of Information.

(published January 29, 2016; updated February 10, 2016, February 26, 2016, March 10, 2016, March 23, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 20, 2016, May 6, 2016, May 18, 2016, June 8, 2016, December 2, 2016, December 19, 2016, January 11, 2017, February 9, 2017, February 23, 2017, March 17, 2017, March 30, 2017, April 14, 2017, April 27, 2017, May 15, 2017, June 12, 2017, June 23, 2017, July 13, 2017, July 27, 2017, August 9, 2017)



UPDATE: Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Minimum Passing Performance
April 21, 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.

Because severe winter weather resulted in cancellation and rescheduling of one of the standard setting panels that review test content for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination, dates for the review by the USMLE Management Committee and for possible changes in the recommended minimum passing requirements to take effect have changed.

The USMLE Management Committee is scheduled to review the minimum passing requirements for the USMLE Step 2 CS examination at its July 29 – August 1 meeting (originally scheduled for May 2017).

If the Committee determines that a change is appropriate, the new recommended minimum passing requirements will become effective for all examinees who take a Step 2 CS examination on or after September 10, 2017 (originally July 16, 2017).

Examinees are encouraged to read the full announcement and monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

2017 and 2018 Schedules for Reporting Step 2 CS Results
April 20, 2017
Filed under: Step 2 CS, USMLE Score Reporting


Step 2 CS 2017 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 28

March 8

March 29

January 29 through March 26

April 26

May 24

March 27 through May 20*

June 28

July 26

May 21 through July 15

August 16

September 13

July 16 through September 9

October 11

November 8

September 10 through
November 4

December 13

January 10 (2018)

November 5 through
December 31

January 31 (2018)

February 21 (2018)

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 27 through April 1.

Step 2 CS 2018 Reporting Schedule

Testing Period

Reporting Period

For examinees who test

Reporting start date

Reporting end date

January 1 through January 27

March 7

March 28

January 28 through March 24

April 25

May 23

March 25 through May 19*

June 20

July 18

May 20 through July 14

August 15

September 12

July 15 through September 8

October 10

November 7

September 9 through November 3

December 12

January 9 (2019)

November 4 through
December 31

January 30 (2019)

February 20 (2019)

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 26 through March 31.

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015, April 16, 2015, July 2, 2015, May 3, 2016, January 9, 2017, April 20, 2017)

Step 2 CS examinees testing in Philadelphia – Possible traffic delays week of April 24
April 19, 2017
Filed under: Step 2 CS

Examinees scheduled to take the Step 2 CS examination in Philadelphia between April 24 – May 1, 2017 should note that several main road closures are expected due to a major event in Philadelphia that week. Please plan to arrive at the test center in time for your exam.

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.

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