About the ECFMG Information Booklet and Application Materials
The ECFMG Information Booklet contains detailed information on ECFMG’s program of certification. The information contained in this booklet pertains only to the ECFMG certification process and related applications and services. This booklet should not be used as a guide to ECFMG's other programs and services, such as the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM). Please visit the ECFMG website for information on ECFMG's programs and services. You also can access this publication, the Application for ECFMG Certification, and the application for Step 1 and Step 2 (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills components) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) on the ECFMG website.
Applicants for examination must use the applicable edition of the Information Booklet. The 2017 Information Booklet pertains to eligibility periods in 2017. If your eligibility period extends into 2018 and you test in 2018, you must become familiar with and will be subject to the policies and procedures detailed in the 2018 Information Booklet. The 2018 Information Booklet is expected to be available in September 2017. See the information on eligibility periods under Applying for Examination in The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) section of this booklet.
The USMLE Bulletin of Information provides information about the USMLE, a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. In the event that information about the USMLE in the ECFMG Information Booklet differs from the corresponding information in the USMLE Bulletin of Information, the information in the USMLE Bulletin of Information controls.
Applicants for examination are required to read and become familiar with the information contained in and referenced in both the ECFMG Information Booklet and the USMLE Bulletin of Information. The USMLE Bulletin of Information is available on the USMLE website. Exam applicants should also carefully read the exam application overview and instructions available in ECFMG's Interactive Web Applications (IWA). Applicants should review and be familiar with the ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior.
Although current at the time of publication, the information contained in the 2017 Information Booklet is subject to change. If changes occur, information will be posted on the ECFMG website. You must obtain the most recent information to understand current policies and procedures.
The ECFMG® Reporter, ECFMG’s free e-mail newsletter, provides important updates on ECFMG Certification and entry into graduate medical education in the United States. All applicants should subscribe to The ECFMG® Reporter.
The Information Booklet describes deadlines related to exam applications, scheduling, and other services. Unless otherwise indicated, deadlines are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.
ECFMG strives to ensure proper processing of applications for ECFMG Certification and examination, other service requests related to ECFMG Certification and examination, and the information contained in such applications and requests. In the unlikely event that an error occurs in the processing of applications, requests, or associated materials, ECFMG will make reasonable efforts to correct the error, if possible, or permit you either to reapply at no additional fee or to receive a refund. These are the exclusive remedies available to applicants for errors in processing applications and other service requests related to ECFMG Certification, examination, and the other programs described in this booklet.
Please note that ECFMG will not provide services of any kind if doing so would be considered violative of any applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations. Additionally, ECFMG may delay provision of services while investigating whether the services violate such laws or regulations.