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ECFMG President Co-Authors Article on Importance of IMGs to Cardiovascular Care

ECFMG President and CEO Dr. William W. Pinsky teamed up with Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra of Harvard University to co-author an article published April 15 in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology. From their vantage points as physicians in cardiovascular specializations and leaders in academic medicine, Drs. Pinsky and Mehra demonstrate the importance of international medical graduates (IMGs) to U.S. health care through the lens of IMG contributions in the cardiovascular specialties.

The article, Immigration is Essential to Filling U.S. Physician Demand, covers the quality of IMGs, the diversity they add to U.S. health care, and the impact of current immigration policies on our ability to attract IMGs to the United States for graduate medical education.

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology also conducted a video interview with Drs. Pinsky and Mehra at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans in March.

Dr. Mehra, a former colleague of Dr. Pinsky’s at Ochsner Health System, is The William Harvey Distinguished Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard and Medical Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Boston.

IMGs Participating in 2020 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2020 Match (in March 2020) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2020 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2019. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2019. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in September 2019.

The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

For periodic updates on the availability of Step 2 CS testing appointments, follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter. Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.

ECFMG and FAIMER Convene Stakeholders to Discuss Immigration Impacts

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) held their first Board meeting of the year April 3-5, which included a biannual Stakeholder Engagement Forum. The spring Forum convened representatives from the U.S. medical education, training, licensing, and immigration law communities to explore the impact of immigration issues on medical education and health care in the United States.

Invited guests included John E. Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer, and Matthew Shick, JD, Senior Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME); Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB); and Kristen Harris, MA, JD, Partner of Harris Immigration Law. These guests joined ECFMG and FAIMER Board members during the half-day session on April 5 to identify and evaluate emerging trends and impacts at the intersection of U.S. immigration and health care.

“Immigration restrictions will have a profound impact on access to quality health care in the United States, and those effects will be felt first in the medical education and training communities,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “It is essential that those involved in U.S. medical education and training collaborate to share information and to address issues that jeopardize an adequate and high-quality physician workforce.”

ECFMG/FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests
ECFMG/FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests, from left: Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director, AHME; John E. Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer, AAMC; Kristen Harris, MA, JD, Partner, Harris Immigration Law; Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO, FSMB; Matthew Shick, JD, Senior Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, AAMC.

Held twice annually in Philadelphia, the Stakeholder Engagement Forums are designed to strengthen partnerships and enhance the perspectives available to ECFMG and FAIMER governance and staff.

About ECFMG and FAIMER

ECFMG and FAIMER are private, non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia in the United States. In partnership with each other and with other organizations around the world, ECFMG and FAIMER work to promote quality medical education and health care worldwide. ECFMG and FAIMER are leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, the authenticity of physician credentials, the assessment of physicians, and research on physician migration and U.S. physician workforce issues. ECFMG and FAIMER offer programs and resources that serve global communities of medical educators and regulators; physicians and medical students; and those investigating issues in medical education, assessment, and health workforce planning. Learn more at www.ecfmg.org and www.faimer.org.

Results Reporting Schedule for Step 2 CS

Click here for 2020 schedule

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 22 through March 30.

*No Step 2 CS exams will be delivered March 27 through April 4.

Note: In each scoring cohort there will be occasional dates when individual test centers or the entire testing network are unavailable. These are typically known in advance, and the dates will be displayed as unavailable when examinees schedule appointments.

For each “Testing Period” in the above schedule, Step 2 CS scores are released every Wednesday over a corresponding four-to five-week “Reporting Period.” It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period. Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. For a small percentage of examinees (1%-2%), scoring and quality assurance may be not completed in time for these examinees to be reported by the first three reporting dates; these will typically be examinees who took the exam in the latter part of the testing period. Results for these examinees will be reported each week throughout the reporting period, and should be reported no later than the last day of the score reporting period.

This schedule allows USMLE staff to enhance the quality assurance and data collection/scoring procedures performed prior to score reporting. Additionally, it provides examinees, as well as others who rely on Step 2 CS results, with guidelines regarding when a result will be reported for a given exam date. These guidelines allow examinees to plan their exam registration and scheduling in order to have their results in time to meet specific deadlines, such as those related to graduation or participation in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), or “the Match.”

(posted June 4, 2008; updated June 27, 2008, June 16, 2009, May 26, 2010, July 19, 2011, September 29, 2011, March 30, 2012, June 22, 2012, February 26, 2013, June 20, 2013, June 26, 2014, January 14, 2015, April 16, 2015, July 2, 2015, May 3, 2016, January 9, 2017, April 20, 2017, April 18, 2018, April 5, 2019)

Dr. Pinsky Interviewed on Importance of IMGs by Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology

ECFMG President and CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D. and a colleague, Dr. Mandeep Mehra of Harvard University recently were interviewed at the American College of Cardiology annual conference by Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology.

Drs. Pinsky and Mehra discussed the work that ECFMG does and the important role that international medical graduates play in the field of cardiology.

You can see the video at https://www.dicardiology.com/videos/video-why-are-there-so-many-foreign-doctors.

Announcement Regarding ERAS 2019 Token Issuance

Please note that you can no longer use ECFMG’s OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app to request a Token for the ERAS 2019 season. If a program requests that you submit an ERAS application for the 2019 season and you do not already have a 2019 Token, please call (215) 966-3520 to reach an ERAS Support Services representative to request a 2019 Token.

If you plan to use ERAS to apply for residency positions that start on July 1, 2020, you can request a 2020 Token via ECFMG’s OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app beginning in late June, 2019.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable March 15-17

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019 through approximately 5:00 p.m. on March 17, 2019. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal, and its programs for medical schools and other institutions:
    • Status Verification
    • Credentials Verification
    • Performance Data
    • EMSWP ERAS
    • GEMxSM for Partner Institutions
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials
    • Physician Portal
    • Report Portal
  • GEMx on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

The World Directory of Medical Schools also will be unavailable during this maintenance period.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.

[Posted March 11, 2019. Updated March 18, 2019]

IMGs Continue to Show Gains in 2019 Match

Growth in Primary-care Specialties Offers Enhanced Opportunities

International medical graduates (IMGs) showed strong performance in the 2019 Main Residency Match®, according to results published today by the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®). The NRMP Match determines where medical school graduates will enter residency (medical specialty) training each year in the United States.

While the overall number of IMGs participating in the Match declined by 193 compared to last year, their success rate in obtaining first-year residency positions was 58.8%, up from 56.5% last year.

Among U.S. citizen IMGs, 2,997 (59.0%) matched to first-year residency positions, an increase of 97 over last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 14 of the last 16 years. For non-U.S. citizens, 4,028 (58.6%) matched, an increase of 66 positions. This is the eighth annual increase in the number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who matched. For both groups, these are the highest match rates in more than 25 years.

Today’s results show 17 consecutive years of growth in the number of first-year residency positions offered through the Match. In the 2019 Match, 32,194 first-year positions were offered, an increase of 1,962 (6.5%) compared to 2018 and a cumulative increase of more than 11,500 positions since 2002. As noted by the NRMP, this year’s increase in positions is due, in part, to the increased number of osteopathic programs that joined the Match as a result of the ongoing transition to a single accreditation system for U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs.

“The strong performance of IMGs in today’s Match is a win for our nation’s GME and health care systems,” said ECFMG President & CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D. “The growth of positions in specialties such as Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, and the increasing success of IMGs in matching to these specialties, represent continued opportunities for the talented and qualified international physicians who are interested in training in the United States.”

An infographic on IMG performance in the 2019 Match can be found here.

About IMGs in U.S. Health Care

IMGs, physicians who received their medical education from medical schools outside the United States and Canada, comprise one-quarter of physicians in training and practice in the United States. IMGs are essential to the U.S. GME and health care systems, ensuring that our physician workforce is adequate to care for patients. IMGs frequently specialize in primary care, practice in medically underserved areas, and add much-needed diversity to our physician workforce.