Initiatives Overview

Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC℠)
ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) is a powerful and innovative web-based tool for the world’s physicians and the entities responsible for evaluating their credentials. Through EPIC, physicians upload their medical credentials, have those credentials primary-source verified, and request to have verification reports for those credentials sent electronically to any organization, anywhere in the world. For the world’s medical regulatory authorities, hospitals, medical schools, and training programs that receive these reports, EPIC is a powerful tool to help them evaluate the credentials of their physician applicants, providing the assurance that those credentials have been authenticated through primary-source verification, a best practice.

Electronic Credentials Verification
ECFMG’s electronic Credentials Verification is an innovative, web-based program for international medical schools that makes the process of verifying credentials faster, easier, and more efficient. This program enables schools to verify the credentials of their graduates electronically and replaces the paper-based verification process. For example, schools can verify electronically the credentials of their graduates who apply for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) rather than completing the “Verification of Medical Education” Form 327-A. Electronic Credentials Verification is free for schools and available through the secure ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP).

GEMxsm – Global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions
ECFMG’s GEMx initiative is a partnership for international educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. GEMx Partners are medical schools and other institutions around the world that share a commitment to making international exchange a part of their education programs, and to providing students in medicine and the health professions with increased access to educational exchange opportunities. The web-based GEMx system both streamlines and enhances the process of educational exchange, and is a robust source of information and resources for both GEMx partner institutions and their students. Through GEMx, partner institutions publish detailed information about their elective opportunities, verify the eligibility of their students who wish to participate in an elective, manage student applications, and monitor incoming and outgoing student activity. Students of participating institutions use the GEMx system to research electives in a common format, and apply directly to those opportunities that fit their career goals and international interests using GEMx’s paperless application process. GEMx makes information on educational exchange opportunities in medicine and the health professions more widely available, and helps address the need for greater international training in an increasingly globalized world. To further develop and enhance this exciting new service, ECFMG is collaborating with members of the medical and international health professions education communities—entities that share our commitment to promoting quality health care through educational excellence—to understand challenges and innovate solutions

Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification
Effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. A process for recognizing the agencies that accredit medical schools has been developed and is now available. This process will allow medical schools accredited by recognized agencies, and their graduates, to meet ECFMG’s accreditation requirement.

Comprehensive Review of USMLE (CRU)
The Composite Committee that establishes policies for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®)—a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States—called for a comprehensive review of the entire USMLE program. This review led to a series of modifications to test content representation, to changes in a number of existing test formats, and to developmental efforts intended to expand the types of competencies addressed by USMLE.

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