ECFMG 2019 Information Booklet

Medical Education Credentials

Verification of Credentials

ECFMG verifies every international medical graduate’s final medical diploma with the appropriate officials of the medical school that issued the diploma and requests the medical school to provide the final medical school transcript. Verification by ECFMG with the issuing school may also be required for transcripts that are submitted to document transferred credits. You will not fulfill the ECFMG medical education credential requirements until verification of your final medical diploma, final medical school transcript, and, if required, transfer credit transcript(s) is received directly from the issuing school(s) and accepted by ECFMG.

In some instances, the verification process can be lengthy due to the processing time required by the institutions and, for verifications done by mail, prevailing postal conditions. ECFMG will notify you when your diploma has been sent to your medical school for verification. As part of the verification process, ECFMG also may provide the medical school with other documents, including a copy of your Certification of Identification Form (Form 186), to aid in identification. If ECFMG does not receive a response from your medical school, ECFMG will follow up with your medical school. ECFMG will notify you after receiving and evaluating the verification from your medical school. You can check the status of your medical education credentials on-line using OASIS.

ECFMG reserves the right to reverify with the medical school the eligibility of medical school graduates who apply for examination. This may include reverification of the graduate’s medical education credentials with the issuing medical school. If such reverification is requested by ECFMG, the graduate will be registered for examination only after ECFMG has received reverification of the graduate’s credentials directly from the medical school. If reverification is requested by ECFMG after the graduate has been registered for examination, ECFMG may cancel the graduate’s registration or withhold the graduate’s score report until ECFMG has received reverification of the graduate’s medical education credentials directly from the issuing school. If your registration is canceled, you may be required to reapply.

Important Notes: Applicants are responsible for any fees associated with the verification of the final medical diploma, final medical school transcript, and transcript(s) to document transferred credits. If your medical school charges a fee for the verification of your diploma and/or transcript, ECFMG will advise you to contact your medical school directly regarding the fee and the method of payment.
If the final medical school transcript provided by your medical school is not in English or if an acceptable English translation is not provided by the medical school at the time of verification, ECFMG will have the transcript translated into English by an independent translation service, will charge your ECFMG financial account for the translation, and will notify you of the charge. ECFMG will not notify you before sending the document for translation. For information on the translation fee, see the Fees page in the Resources section of the ECFMG website. See Methods of Payment in Your ECFMG Financial Account for information on how to make a payment to your ECFMG financial account.