ECFMG 2017 Information Booklet

Medical Education Credentials

Medical Education Credential Requirements

To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, you must have been awarded credit for at least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given toward completion of the medical curriculum) by a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination. The World Directory is available at For those medical schools that meet ECFMG eligibility requirements, there will be an ECFMG note on the Sponsor Notes tab of the schools’ World Directory listing. If there is no ECFMG note on your medical school’s Sponsor Notes tab, you are not eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or examination. There are restrictions on credits transferred to the medical school that awards your medical degree that can be used to meet this requirement. Your graduation year must be included in the ECFMG note on the Sponsor Notes tab of your medical school’s World Directory listing.

Note Regarding Ineligible Practitioners: Graduates not eligible for admission to the exams or for ECFMG Certification include, but are not limited to: Graduates with degrees only in stomatology, ayurvedic or homeopathic medicine, or those awarded only the diploma of Physician-Epidemiologist-Hygienist, Physician-Biochemist, Physician-Cyberneticist, Physician-Biophysicist, Licensed Medical Practitioner, or Assistant Medical Practitioner.

International medical graduates must document the completion of all requirements for, and receipt of, the final medical diploma. ECFMG verifies every international medical graduate’s final medical diploma with the appropriate officials of the medical school that issued the diploma. When ECFMG requests verification of your medical diploma from your medical school, ECFMG will request the medical school to provide your final medical school transcript. Verification by ECFMG with the issuing school may also be required for transcripts that are submitted to document transferred credits. An international medical graduate’s credentials are not considered complete until ECFMG receives and accepts verification of the final medical diploma, final medical school transcript, and, if required, transfer credit transcript(s) directly from the issuing school(s).

Please do not send original documents; photocopies of documents are sufficient. All documents submitted to ECFMG as part of the certification process, including translations, will become part of your permanent ECFMG record and will not be returned to you. Please do not send any credentials not required by ECFMG (such as licenses, certificates of full registration, high school diplomas, academic awards, etc.). Submission of unnecessary documents can delay the processing of your exam application.