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Liz Ingraham Interviewed for The Premed Years Podcast

Liz Ingraham, Assistant Vice President for Communications and External Affairs at ECFMG, was interviewed for The Premed Years podcast about the process for international medical graduates who want to pursue graduate medical education in the U.S. She also talked about the role of ECFMG in the process, and the recently launched Guidance on Medical School Selection resources on the ECFMG website. You can hear the interview in its entirety at http://traffic.libsyn.com/medicalschoolhq/PMY325.mp3.

The Premed Years podcast, hosted by Dr. Ryan Gray, helps students learn more about how to get into medical school. It is an initiative of Medical School Headquarters.

Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting

Most score reporting of USMLE Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 5, 2019.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 5 through mid-June will be Wednesday, July 10, 2019. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 10, 2019, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 4, 2019.

Examinees should see the full announcement on the USMLE website for more information.

New Score Report Format – USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK Examinations

A redesigned version of the USMLE Step 3 examination score was implemented for examinees testing on or after October 1, 2018. The new format is now being implemented for the Step 1 and Step 2 CK examinations. Examinees taking Step 1 and Step 2 CK on or after January 15, 2019 will receive the new score report.

The redesigned report features a chart showing an examinee’s performance compared with recent first-time takers from U.S. and Canadian medical schools, the examinee’s performance in individual content areas relative to their overall Step examination performance, and information about the allocation of items across each content area.

You can view the new score report on the USMLE website here. Click on the comment boxes for explanatory/informational text. FAQs about the score report are also available on the USMLE website.

The USMLE program solicited feedback on the new design from a number of stakeholders, including examinees, medical school faculty, and residency program directors.

A new score report format for the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination is under development.

Questions or comments? Please send them to the USMLE program via the web form located here.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable January 19

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 January 19, 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.

ECFMG President Dr. William W. Pinsky Featured in NBC10 Philadelphia Story on IMGs

NBC10 Philadelphia on Monday aired a story on the importance of international medical graduates (IMGs) to the U.S. health care system featuring ECFMG President and CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D. You can see the story at https://bit.ly/2ClGCH0. NBC10 correspondent Matt DeLucia also interviewed Dr. Arturo Rios-Diaz, an ECFMG-certified physician currently under ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship as a third-year general surgery resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

FAIMER Offering $30,000 Grants to Support Expansion of Community Health Projects That Work

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) announces the opening of its 2019 Projects That Work competition. This annual international competition shines a spotlight on projects that have had a significant impact on the health of communities and education of health professionals. This year, for the first time, FAIMER is excited to offer five grants of up to $30,000 each to help recipients expand their work.

Launched in 2013, Projects That Work has showcased more than 30 projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and had a significant impact on community health or health professions education over three or more years. “Projects are an important link between capacity building of health workers and impact on community health,” says William Burdick, M.D., FAIMER’s Vice President for Education. “Our Projects That Work competition highlights the teamwork, innovation, and evaluation that characterize the best of these.”

Past projects have focused on issues such as point-of-care diabetes testing in Cameroon, medical technology aimed at improving maternal and child health in India, hygiene and water sanitation projects in Rwanda, and malnutrition reduction field training in the Philippines, to name just a few. By providing the leaders of these projects with the opportunity to present their work to large audiences at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), FAIMER also aims to serve the international health care community at large by broadly disseminating information about what works.

Applications for 2019 Projects That Work grants must be completed online at https://faimer.fluidreview.com/res/p/projects-that-work/. Funding decisions will be made by a distinguished panel of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education, and up to five projects will be selected to receive grants. The recipients will present their projects at the 2019 conference of The Network: TUFH, being held September 10-13, 2019, in Darwin, Australia.

For more information on the Projects That Work competition, visit https://www.faimer.org/project-competitions/projects-that-work.html.

Fee Increases for 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The fee for Application for ECFMG Certification will be $135.
  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $940 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will be $1,580 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for an extension of eligibility period for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $80.
  • The fee for a change of testing region for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $75.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will be 0-$1,290 (depending on date of cancellation).
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $50.
  • The fee for an application for J-1 visa sponsorship will be $340.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2019 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2019 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

ECFMG Board Elects Next Leaders, Welcomes Stakeholder Input

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) held their final Board meeting of the year November 29-30, which included the election of the next Chair and Vice Chair of the ECFMG Board and a biannual Stakeholder Engagement Forum.

Board Chair and Vice Chair
Effective January 1, 2019, Dr. Andrew Filak Jr. will serve as Chair of the ECFMG Board of Trustees, and Dr. Maryellen E. Gusic will serve as Vice Chair. Both will serve two-year terms. Although the ECFMG and FAIMER Boards share the same members, Dr. William W. Pinsky, ECFMG President and CEO, will continue to serve as Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors.

“We are very fortunate to have the deep expertise and extensive experience of Drs. Filak and Gusic to guide us during the next two years,” Dr. Pinsky said. “We look forward to their leadership as we explore new pathways to improve health care and medical education worldwide.”

Dr. Andrew Filak Jr.
Andrew Filak, Jr., MD

Dr. Filak serves as Interim Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine. He previously served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, founding Chair of the Department of Medical Education and Professor of Medical Education and Family and Community Medicine at the UC College of Medicine. He also served as Vice President for Education for UC Health.

A national leader in medical education, Dr. Filak has served for prominent medical education organizations, including the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Advisory Panel on Medical Education, the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, the Southwest Society of Family Physicians, and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®). He has received numerous awards throughout his career, most recently the UC College of Medicine’s highest honor, the Daniel Drake Medal, earlier this year.

Dr. Maryellen E. Gusic
Maryellen E. Gusic, MD

Dr. Gusic serves as the Senior Advisor for Educational Affairs and Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine. Prior to joining the faculty at UVA, she served as Chief Medical Education Officer at AAMC. She has extensive experience in administrative leadership with a career and scholarly focus in education and professional development.

Dr. Gusic’s engagement in national professional organizations and educational associations aligns with her commitment to educational innovation and the professional development of academic faculty. She is a faculty member for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program, a past President of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and former co-director of the organization’s Educational Scholars Program. In addition, she has served on a number of committees at the NBME, including the test development and review committees for the Step 2 Clinical Skills examination. She also served as the Chair of an AAMC Task Force on the Evaluation of Educators and of the AAMC’s Research in Medical Education Program Planning Committee, and was the Senior Associate Editor of Education for Academic Pediatrics.

The November Board meeting also was the last for Dr. Ram Krishna, Dr. James Peake, and Dr. Dotun Ogunyemi, whose terms will conclude at the end of this year. “I would like to thank Drs. Krishna, Peake, and Ogunyemi for their years of dedication to ECFMG and FAIMER,” Dr. Pinsky said. “Their experience and expertise have helped lead us through a time of growth and change, and we are grateful for their service.”

Stakeholder Engagement Forum
On November 30, invited representatives of the ACGME, American Medical Association (AMA), AAMC, AHME, Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and NBME joined ECFMG and FAIMER Board members to share organizational perspectives and activities related to the theme of physician workforce issues.

“Stakeholder input is critical to what ECFMG and FAIMER do,” said Dr. Pinsky in opening the session. “These partnerships are essential if we are to excel in carrying out our mission.”

ECFMG-FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests
ECFMG-FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests, from left: Mary Lieh-Lai, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Accreditation, ACGME; Peter Katsufrakis, MD, MBA, President and CEO, NBME; John Andrews, MD, Vice President, GME Innovations, AMA; Frederick Schiavone, MD, President-Elect, AHME; Dorothy Andriole, MD, Senior Director, Medical Education Research, AAMC; Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO, FSMB.

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.