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ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 19-21

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 19, 2021. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2021. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access most ECFMG on-line services, including the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match
  • Clinical Skills Evaluation and Attestation Portal
  • 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 (for staff of U.S. training programs that host ECFMG-sponsored exchange visitor physicians)
  • 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.

Step 3 Practice Resources Expanded with Enhanced Experience

To expand the availability of United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) test materials for Step 3 examinees, Computer-based Case Simulations (CCS) practice materials can now be accessed on both PCs and Macs. The materials are web-based and no longer require downloading software. Please see the full announcement on the USMLE website for more information.

Deadline Reminder: Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

Applicants participating in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®) must meet the following requirements by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline on March 2, 2022, in order for ECFMG to verify to the NRMP that they have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification:

  • Have passing results on the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) that are valid for ECFMG Certification and available by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline; AND
  • Meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification, which can be achieved by either:
    • Completing an ECFMG Pathway, which includes attaining a satisfactory score on the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine, OR
    • Having a passing performance on the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of USMLE that is valid for ECFMG Certification.

If you are applying to a Pathway, your application must be submitted no later than December 15, 2021, to ensure the application is processed in time for you to participate in the 2022 Match. To apply to a Pathway, or to check the status of your application after it has been submitted, log in to the Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match using your USMLE/ECFMG ID and On-line Services password.

Please also refer to the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match section of the ECFMG website, including the web page specific to the Pathway to which you are applying, for additional deadlines related to the submission of required documentation and to taking OET Medicine, which is required of all Pathways applicants.

All applicants are encouraged to review the detailed information available on ECFMG’s website and to track the status of their requests on-line prior to contacting our offices. To track the status of:

Intealth Unveiled as New Brand Identity for ECFMG|FAIMER

New Identity Marks Successful Business Transformation

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) on Tuesday marked the success of a multi-year business transformation effort by announcing a new overarching identity, Intealth. Intealth brings together the expertise and resources of ECFMG and FAIMER, signaling their new way of operating and new potential to support the health professions worldwide.

Visit Our New Identity to watch the video and learn more!

ECFMG and FAIMER are world leaders and have earned significant global recognition and credibility through their programs for physicians and other health professionals, the medical education and regulatory communities, researchers and policy makers, and the public. As members of Intealth, ECFMG and FAIMER remain separate 501(c)3 corporations. They and their portfolios of programs and services will continue to thrive and grow under the Intealth umbrella.

According to ECFMG President and CEO William W. Pinsky, MD, the creation of Intealth marks the culmination of a strategic business transformation process. “We have an obligation not only to ensure the continuity of the critical services we provide today, but also to meet the needs of tomorrow,” said Dr. Pinsky. “This change creates an integrated and meaningful structure to support our continued growth and diversification.”

FAIMER President Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, highlighted other critical outcomes of the transformation process: a new common vision, complementary ECFMG and FAIMER missions, and an integrated strategic framework to guide activities. “We are now stronger than the sum of our parts and able to work more effectively,” she said.

Still to come in late 2022 is the launch of MyIntealth, a single, centralized on-line portal for users of all ECFMG and FAIMER services. MyIntealth embodies the efficiency of integration and enhanced customer service that is the inspiration for the new identity.

Rollout of the new Intealth identity will begin in early 2022. In the weeks and months to come, ECFMG and FAIMER will share more about Intealth and what it means for advancing the global health workforce.

In the interim, we invite you to share our excitement and enthusiasm, and to send us your feedback! Frequently asked questions will be added to this page soon.

About Intealth

Intealth brings together the expertise and resources that advance quality in health care education worldwide in order to improve health care for all. Through strategic integration of its nonprofit members, Intealth offers a flexible and multi-layered portfolio of services. These services enhance and support the education and training of health care professionals, verify their qualifications required to practice, and inform the development of health workforce policies around the world. By leveraging these combined competencies of its members, Intealth powers innovation in areas critical to the health professions.

Intealth is an integrated organization that includes the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK – Scheduled Score Delays in 2022

Most United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) scores are reported within 3-4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pools, delays occur for examinees who test at certain times of the year. Please be aware that examinees testing during the following dates may experience delays in score reporting:

  • Step 1 examinees testing early May through early July 2022 – more specific information will be posted January 2022
  • Step 2 CK examinees testing early July through late early August 2022 – more specific information will be posted March 2022

Why is this important to know?

If you need to receive a score before a certain date, plan to take that exam before the testing dates with projected score delay windows to avoid missing deadlines.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Only Score Reporting Begins with Exams Taken on or After Jan. 26, 2022

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 score reporting will transition from a numeric score and pass/fail outcome to pass/fail only for exams taken on or after January 26, 2022. The USMLE program views this change as an important first step toward facilitating broader, system-wide changes to improve the transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education.

Dates for USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Only
Transition Begins with Exams Taken on or After January 26, 2022

To receive a numeric score, examinees must take their exam on or before January 25, 2022*

Step 1 Exams

Test on or before Jan. 25, 2022
(Please schedule your appointment with Prometric well in advance of your desired test date)

Test on or after Jan. 26, 2022
(Schedule your exam date for on or after Jan. 26, 2022)

Score Reports

Numeric score and pass/fail outcome

Pass/fail outcome only

Transcripts**

Numeric score and pass/fail outcome

Pass/fail outcome only

* For multi-day exams, the date of the first day of testing will determine score reporting.
**Includes transcripts produced by the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), ECFMG, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

View Example January 26, 2022 Score Reports

View common questions

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

FAIMER Celebrating 20th Anniversary with Virtual Conference Oct. 20-22 Featuring Dr. Abraham Verghese

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is celebrating 20 years of accomplishments and service to world health with a virtual conference from October 20-22. Dr. Abraham Verghese, the noted physician and best-selling author, will provide the keynote address during the free three-day event. For more information and to register, please visit: https://cvent.me/qMoN9L.

Titled Celebrating 20 Years of FAIMER: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, the virtual conference is of interest to medical and health professions educators; international medical students; medical regulatory authority officials; those interested in improving world health through education; and anyone who has participated or is interested in FAIMER programs and initiatives, including the thousands of FAIMER Fellows worldwide.

The first day of the conference will focus on FAIMER’s history and will feature Dr. John Norcini, who was FAIMER’s President from its founding until 2019; Dr. Page S. Morahan, Founding Co-Director of the International FAIMER Institute; and Dr. James A. Hallock, President Emeritus of ECFMG and a FAIMER Senior Scholar.

The conference’s second day will feature Dr. Verghese, who will talk about his experiences as an international medical graduate and his career in medical education. In addition, the directors of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes in Chile, China, Egypt, India, and Indonesia will highlight their histories and accomplishments.

The third day of the conference will look forward to FAIMER’s future, including the organization’s new strategic plan offering exciting new curricula for health professions educators, expanding its Regional Institutes in Africa, developing new assessment tools, and creating additional data resources for the global health care community. Speakers for the third day will include Dr. Jeannette Mladenovic, President of FAIMER; Dr. William W. Pinsky, President and CEO of ECFMG|FAIMER and Chair of the FAIMER Board of Trustees; and Dr. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST).

We invite you to join us in celebrating two decades of progress and accomplishments and looking forward to a bright future for FAIMER.

ECFMG|FAIMER Storytellers

J-1 Duration of Status Infographic
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International medical graduates account for about one quarter of all physicians in graduate medical education in the United States. Within that cohort there are more than 12,500 foreign national physicians, sponsored by ECFMG on the J-1 visa, providing critical health care services and cultural diversity. ECFMG is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the sole BridgeUSA sponsor for J-1 exchange visitor physicians enrolled in accredited programs of graduate medical education or training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, J-1 physicians have played a vital role on health care teams that are stretched to the limit. This is the story of Dr. Uttara Koul:

Dr. Uttara KoulName: Dr. Uttara Koul
Home Country: India
Training Site: Rush University Medical Center, Illinois
Specialty: Neurocritical Care
Journeys in Medicine Blog Post: Doctors with Borders

“I know without a doubt that our world will survive this pandemic. Lessons will be learned, and we will wear the scars of the fight like medals.”

— Dr. Uttara Koul

The ECFMG|FAIMER Storytellers series brings the work of ECFMG|FAIMER to life through the stories of the people we serve.

Step 3 – Scheduled Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 3 scores before March 16, 2022 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2021.

Most Step 3 scores are reported within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary annual modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test in early 2022. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for examinees testing in January and February 2022 is Wednesday, March 16, 2022.

No USMLE Step 3 examinations will be administered January 1-14, 2022.