ECFMG’s 2021 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2021 exam application materials for international medical students/graduates (IMGs) are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in late September 2020. The ECFMG Information Booklet is the definitive source of information on ECFMG Certification and is required reading for applicants.
To meet the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification, IMGs have been required to pass Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The USMLE program has suspended administration of Step 2 CS until at least June 2021. ECFMG has established pathways that will allow qualified IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification. These pathways are directed toward individuals who intend to apply to accredited graduate medical education programs in the United States for the 2021-2022 academic year. Information on the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match is available now on the ECFMG website.
Availability of 2021 Eligibility Periods for USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK
Applicants who wish to obtain a Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility period during the first half of 2021 do not need to wait for the 2021 Information Booklet/exam application materials to become available in late September 2020. These applicants can use the currently published Information Booklet/exam application materials to apply for available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods that begin in 2020, and their eligibility periods will be extended through June 2021, as announced previously by the USMLE program. Additionally, all currently registered examinees who have a Step 1 or Step 2 CK scheduling permit with an unexpired eligibility period with an end date in 2020 also will be extended through June 2021, per the USMLE program’s announcement.
When the 2021 exam application materials become available in late September 2020, all USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2021 will become available.