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Availability of ECFMG’s 2019 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials

ECFMG’s 2019 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2019 exam application materials are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September 2018.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2019 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2018 (September 2018-November 2018 and October 2018-December 2018) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2019, beginning with the November 2018-January 2019 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2019 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.

Please monitor the ECFMG website, and follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter, for updates and important information.

Dr. Pinsky Pens Opinion Piece on Impact of Travel Restrictions for STAT News

ECFMG President and CEO, William W. Pinsky, MD, recently wrote an opinion piece for STAT News on the U.S. health care ramifications of the Trump administration’s travel restrictions. “Millions of Americans, particularly those in underserved communities, depend on foreign doctors, thousands of whom hail from countries affected by the restrictions,” he says. Read the full article here.

REMINDER: IMGs Participating in 2019 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

If you plan to participate in the 2019 National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® (in March 2019) 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 2019 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2018. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in December 2018. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2018.

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

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

ECFMG Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Visa Restrictions in Presidential Proclamation

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision to uphold the visa restrictions in the Presidential Proclamation issued in September of last year. While the Court’s decision does not change the visa restrictions currently in force, it does represent the latest in a series of immigration developments that are shaping the environment in the United States, the environment that many from around the world, including talented health care professionals, aspire to join.

The Court’s decision comes just days before the traditional start of the academic year for U.S. programs of graduate medical education—those medical specialty and subspecialty training programs that transform medical school graduates into practicing physicians. Each year, thousands of foreign national physicians are selected for such training programs, and their qualifications are vetted thoroughly by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. These physicians provide much-needed health care services, enrich the clinical learning environment with their international perspectives, and add diversity to the U.S. physician workforce.

In the United States, where one-quarter of our physicians have received their medical degree outside the United States and Canada, the ability to provide accessible, high-quality health care depends on our ability to continue to attract highly qualified physicians from around the world. Anything that disrupts the flow of these talented and qualified professionals into the United States will have a negative and potentially long-term impact on patient care.

We urge immigration policymakers to consider the many contributions that foreign national physicians make to our health care system and our economy, and to ensure that United States remains an attractive option for the best and brightest minds from around the world.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable June 30

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 12:01 a.m. through approximately 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2018. 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.

REMINDER: Requirement for ERAS 2019 Applicants to Emergency Medicine Programs

During the ERAS 2018 application season, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) conducted a pilot of their Standardized Video Interview (SVI) program. The AAMC will continue to pilot this program during the ERAS 2019 season.

The SVI pilot is mandatory for ERAS 2019 applicants to Emergency Medicine programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Emergency Medicine program directors will include the video interview as a component when evaluating applications. The SVI does not replace or replicate in-person interviews.

The deadline to complete the video interview is July 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, so ERAS applicants planning to apply to ACGME-accredited Emergency Medicine programs are encouraged to purchase their ERAS Token and register with MyERAS early to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2019 are currently available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app.

For complete information and helpful resources, please visit the AAMC Standardized Video Interview web page at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/applying-residencies-eras/aamc-standardized-video-interview/.

You can view the latest SVI webinars from AAMC at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-residency/article/svi-webinar-archive/.

(Posted April 27, 2018; updated June 1, 2018, June 25, 2018)

ERAS 2019 Residency Tokens Now Available

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2019 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app. You can use a 2019 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Thursday, June 21, 2018, and work on your residency application.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2019, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.