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ECFMG Closing in Observance of New Year’s Holiday

ECFMG will close in observance of the New Year’s holiday at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), in the United States, on Thursday, December 31, 2020. We will be unavailable for calls and e-mails until we reopen at 9:00 a.m., ET, on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Please also note that ECFMG Applicant Information Services representatives will not be available by telephone at (215) 386-5900 on Thursday, December 31.

ECFMG Closing in Observance of Christmas Holiday

ECFMG will close in observance of the Christmas holiday at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), in the United States, on Wednesday, December 23. We will be unavailable for calls and e-mails until we reopen at 9:00 a.m., ET, on Monday, December 28.

Please also note that ECFMG Applicant Information Services representatives will not be available by telephone at (215) 386-5900 on Wednesday, December 23.

Fee Increases for 2021

Effective January 1, 2021, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The fee for Application for ECFMG Certification will be $150.
  • The examination fees for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $975 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $60.
  • The fee for an application for J-1 visa sponsorship will be $360.
  • The fee to establish an Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) account and confirm identity will be $130.
  • The fee to verify a credential through EPIC will be $100.
  • The fee to request an EPIC Report will be $50.
    • For credentials submitted to EPIC on or after January 10, 2018, the first report requested for each credential will remain free.
    • For credentials submitted to EPIC prior to January 10, 2018, the first report requested for each credential will remain $15.
    • For a previously verified credential, reports will be $50.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2021 (Eastern Time in the United States). All fees are listed in U.S. dollars.

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, refer to the ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

For more information on the fees associated with EPIC, refer to the Fees page on the EPIC website.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable December 18-20

ECFMG’s systems maintenance, which was scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020, began at 4:00 p.m. on this date. On-line services are currently unavailable and are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, 2020. 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 2021 Match
  • 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.

Certain ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable December 12

Due to scheduled maintenance, certain ECFMG on-line services are expected to be unavailable on Saturday, December 12, 2020.

The following ECFMG on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. and expected to be restored by 5:00 p.m.:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • 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

The following ECFMG on-line service is expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. and expected to be restored by 11:00 p.m.:

  • Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match

All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

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

ECFMG Closing in Observance of Thanksgiving

ECFMG will close in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25. We will be unavailable for calls and e-mails until we re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

Please also note that ECFMG Applicant Information Services representatives will not be available by telephone at (215) 386-5900 on Wednesday, November 25.

ECFMG|FAIMER Is Planning Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

In a podcast released today, the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program provided updates on the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam, which has been suspended since March 2020. The podcast does not provide, at this time, a specific time for launch of the modified exam.

ECFMG|FAIMER is partnering with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)—co-sponsors of USMLE—on this critical project and monitoring developments carefully. We continue to advocate for the interests and needs of international medical students and graduates (IMGs). Prior to the suspension, IMGs relied on Step 2 CS to meet the clinical skills requirement for ECFMG Certification, in order to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (“the Match”) to enter U.S. programs of graduate medical education (GME).

ECFMG|FAIMER is committed to the continued smooth operation of its certification program and the ability of qualified IMGs to pursue and participate in U.S. GME without interruption. We are planning actively for the requirements for ECFMG Certification for the 2022 Match (March 2022) and will publish detailed information as soon as it is available.

For the 2021 Match (March 2021), thousands of IMGs are in the process of completing the  requirements for ECFMG Certification, including approximately 5,500 IMGs pursuing requirements for one of five pathways that ECFMG|FAIMER developed to allow IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the clinical skills requirement for ECFMG Certification. More than 1,100 ECFMG Certificates have been issued to IMGs who have satisfied the clinical skills requirement for ECFMG Certification based on a pathway. These successful pathway applicants are in addition to the IMGs we continue to certify on an ongoing basis.

We recognize that many IMGs continue to have questions and concerns, and we are mindful of the need to provide you with additional information on the requirements for ECFMG Certification for the 2022 Match as soon as possible so that you can plan and prepare.

In the interim, ECFMG|FAIMER encourages IMGs to continue to pursue the other continuing requirements for ECFMG Certification, such as passing Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and to monitor the ECFMG website for updates.

EPIC Customer Service Representatives Currently Unavailable – UPDATE: Service Restored

UPDATE: EPIC phone service has been restored.

Due to technical difficulties with our internal processing systems, ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) customer service representatives are unavailable to answer telephone inquiries until further notice. We are working to restore services as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Moving Forward: The Step 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting Policy Change and Revitalization of Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program recognizes that the upcoming score reporting change for Step 1 pass/fail (P/F) and the suspension of the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination have created new questions for medical students, faculty, and state board members. The USMLE program appreciates everyone’s patience and understanding as they work diligently on these two important issues.  As work progresses, the USMLE program is committed to providing monthly updates on these and other topics that are important to their stakeholders.

Step 1 P/F Score Reporting

The transition to Step 1 pass/fail score reporting is on track to be implemented in January 2022. Should this schedule change, the USMLE program will post an updated timeline. Specific dates and information will be made available in advance of the implementation date.

Information about the Step 1 P/F score reporting policy change can be found here.

Revitalization of Step 2 Clinical Skills Examination

As co-owners of the USMLE, the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) collected valuable input over the summer from state medical boards, medical school faculty, and examinees about the prior Step 2 CS exam, including feedback on which skills are important to assess to inform medical licensure decisions. This feedback is greatly appreciated and will be essential in the development of a revitalized exam. An update on next steps and future developments will be shared by the end of November.

Information about the revitalization of Step 2 CS can be found here.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.