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Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

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ECFMG Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior

ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program

ECFMG is designated by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to sponsor foreign national physicians as Exchange Visitors in accredited programs of graduate medical education or training or advanced research programs (involving primarily observation, consultation, teaching, or research). The Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program Reference Guide provides a comprehensive overview of ECFMG J-1 sponsorship of foreign national physicians.


  • ECFMG Focus
    Focus provides Deans, faculty, and staff of international medical schools with updates and information on ECFMG’s activities related to global medical education and health care, ECFMG's services for international medical schools, and important news on graduate medical education in the United States and the process of entry into the U.S. health care system.
  • The ECFMG Reporter
    The ECFMG Reporter provides international medical students and graduates with regular updates on issues related to ECFMG Certification and entry into graduate medical education in the United States.


Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

  • Developed and operated by the AAMC.
  • Maintains the MyERAS website , where you can register with ERAS, track the status of your MyERAS application and documents, and complete residency applications.

For technical support, contact the ERAS Client Technical Support .

AAMC Publication: Roadmap to Residency

AAMC Medical Student Performance Evaluation

AAMC Applying to Residencies with ERAS®

ERAS Integrity Promotion Education Program


FindAResident (FAR) is a year-round, web-based search tool developed by the AAMC that is designed to help applicants find open residency and fellowship positions. It supplements ERAS and is ideal for finding unfilled positions—especially if an applicant did not obtain a position through the NRMP Main Residency Match or the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program® (SOAP®).

Residency Explorer

The AAMC has also worked collaboratively with nine other organizations, including ECFMG, to develop Residency Explorer, a tool that allows applicants to research residency programs across 25 specialties. Applicants can use Residency Explorer to compare their own characteristics to those who previously matched to those programs. Please note that Residency Explorer does not advise applicants on where they should apply or to which programs they may match. However, it may help applicants identify programs worth researching further.


National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)

  • Collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions.
  • Matches applicants with available positions.

Results of the NRMP Program Director Survey

NRMP Contact Page

Charting Outcomes in the Match - International Medical Graduates

Additional Resources

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is a private, nonprofit council responsible for the accreditation of residency education programs within the United States. ACGME accreditation is accomplished through a peer review process and is based upon established standards and guidelines.


FREIDA lists information for the more than 11,000 graduate medical education programs, all accredited by the ACGME, as well as over 100 Board-approved combined specialty programs. Users can search for training programs using a variety of selection criteria such as specialty, state, and 35 other filters.

Directory of U.S. State Medical Boards

Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®)

FAIMER is a member of Intealth , an integrated organization that also includes ECFMG. In partnership with ECFMG, FAIMER promotes excellence in international health professions education through programmatic and research activities. FAIMER maintains a number of data resources on international medical schools and international medical education, including:

  • World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory)
    Developed through a partnership between FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), the World Directory offers comprehensive information on medical schools worldwide, with the goal of helping prospective students and medical regulatory authorities make informed decisions about medical schools and their graduates.
  • Directory of Organizations that Recognize/Accredit Medical Schools
    FAIMER has developed this directory of international organizations that recognize, authorize, certify, or accredit medical schools and/or medical education programs as part of its efforts to build information resources on medical education worldwide.

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Important Dates

  • Thanksgiving Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close at 1:30 p.m. on November 22 and reopen November 27.
  • Christmas Holiday: ERAS Support Services will close on December 25 and reopen December 27.

All times shown are Eastern Time in the United States.


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