ECFMG issues the Standard ECFMG Certificate to applicants who meet all of the requirements for certification. International medical graduates must also pay any outstanding charges on their ECFMG financial accounts before their certificates are issued. Standard ECFMG Certificates are issued to applicants approximately two weeks after all of these requirements have been met. The date that the Standard ECFMG Certificate is issued is the date an international medical graduate is considered certified by ECFMG. Currently, ECFMG sends the Standard ECFMG Certificate to the applicant’s address of record by Federal Express.
The Standard ECFMG Certificate includes:
If you met the clinical skills requirement and the communication skills requirement for ECFMG Certification through a Pathway, your ECFMG Certificate will include a valid through date and will be valid for applicants to enter U.S. graduate medical education (GME) in the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. Once applicants successfully complete the first year of ACGME-accredited training, the ECFMG Certificate will no longer be subject to expiration for the purpose of entering GME. Information on how an applicant can permanently validate their ECFMG Certificate will be published on the ECFMG website as soon as it is available.
If applicants do not enter an ACGME-accredited training program in the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 academic year, their ECFMG Certificate will expire for the purpose of entering GME. If applicants wish to enter a GME program in the future, they will be required to meet the clinical skills requirement and communication skills requirement for ECFMG Certification in place at that time in order to revalidate their ECFMG Certificate.
ECFMG offers the Certification Verification Service (CVS) to provide primary-source confirmation of the ECFMG certification status of international medical graduates. ECFMG will confirm your certification status when a request is received from a U.S. medical licensing authority, residency program director, hospital, or other organization that, in the judgment of ECFMG, has a legitimate interest in such information. For more information, see Confirming ECFMG Certification to Third Parties in Related ECFMG Services.
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[Last update: August 11, 2021]