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Updated Information on September 2017 Presidential Proclamation for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees

Updated information on enforcement of President Trump’s September 2017 Presidential Proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats,” including enforcement of visa restrictions, is available on the Resources on Presidential Proclamation page.

Examinees are encouraged to monitor the Resources on Presidential Proclamation web page. New information, as it becomes available, will be posted there.

Change in Minimum Passing Score for Step 1

The recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 1 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2018.

As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.

For further information regarding the decision, refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 3 Examination Are Available

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. The Step 3 content outline and test specifications have not changed; however, sample practice items have been refreshed with new materials, and the number of practice items has been increased slightly.

Examinees planning to take a Step 3 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

Medical Council of New Zealand and ECFMG Announce Partnership

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) into the Council’s process for assessing international medical graduates (IMGs). Effective November 1, 2017, first-time applicants for medical registration, and (in some cases) doctors already registered with the Council but applying for a new scope of practice, are required to have their medical qualifications primary-source verified through EPIC if their application relies on a primary medical qualification from either an institution outside New Zealand or a postgraduate qualification conferred by an institution other than a New Zealand or Australasian training provider.

The Medical Council of New Zealand is charged with protecting the health and safety of New Zealand’s public. Registration with the Council is a requirement for all doctors who practice medicine in New Zealand. ECFMG is proud to partner with the Council to add primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Council’s tools for evaluating doctors’ qualifications.

Read the full press release.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 18

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 12:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 18, 2017. 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.

ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) Welcomes Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital

ECFMG is pleased to announce its partnership with Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, InterHealth Canada (TCI Hospital) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into TCI Hospital’s process for assessing the medical credentials of physicians seeking employment at the health care facility.

TCI Hospital is a Diamond-accredited public hospital managed by InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government through a Public-Private Partnership agreement. The Hospital deemed its partnership with ECFMG to be necessary for the continued improvement of the health care facility’s recruitment process. ECFMG is proud to partner with TCI Hospital to enhance its recruitment process by adding primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Hospital’s tools for evaluating the qualifications of its physician applicants.

Read the full press release.

Information on Presidential Proclamation for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a proclamation which modified key components of Executive Order 13780, including the country-specific travel restrictions. Information on the proclamation that may be relevant to United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 CS examinees is available on the Resources on Presidential Proclamation page.

Examinees are encouraged to monitor the Resources on Presidential Proclamation web page. New information, as it becomes available, will be posted there.

UPDATE: Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats

On September 24, 2017, President Trump signed a proclamation that limits the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. This new proclamation effectively replaces Executive Order 13780, which expired on that same day.

At this time, ECFMG is reviewing the proclamation in consultation with immigration counsel and other organizations in the U.S. medical education community. As we determine what impacts the proclamation might have on international medical students and graduates, we will communicate directly with individuals that we believe may be affected. We also will provide updates to officials of U.S. graduate medical education programs.

Additional information is available on the Resources on Presidential Proclamation web page. Updates will be posted to this web page as they become available.

[posted September 26, 2017; updated October 5, 2017]

ECFMG Receives Top Awards for “Healthiest Workplace” and “Most Family-friendly Workplace” as Part of Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

ECFMG is honored to have been selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. At a September 28 awards dinner held during its annual Workplace of the Future conference in Las Vegas, Modern Healthcare announced that ECFMG ranked first among healthcare suppliers in the special categories of “Healthiest Workplace” and “Most Family-friendly Workplace.”

In addition to considering the various benefits and training and development opportunities made available to employees, judges determined the winning workplaces based on employee survey responses.

“I’m pleased that Modern Healthcare has recognized ECFMG as one of the top healthcare workplaces, and even more pleased to know that ECFMG employees agree,” said ECFMG President and CEO, William W. Pinsky, MD.

Read the full press release.