ECFMG/FAIMER Named a Healthiest Employer in the Region by Philadelphia Business Journal

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) share a mission to promote quality health care worldwide — and they are being recognized for bringing that mission to life within the organization. ECFMG/FAIMER has been selected as a 2019 Healthiest Employer of Greater Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

ECFMG/FAIMER is one of only 36 businesses and organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region selected for this year’s honor. It is the seventh time ECFMG/FAIMER received the award, having been recognized most recently in 2015.

“We are thrilled once again to be recognized for our commitment to employee well-being,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “We take a deliberate and holistic approach in developing our wellness program, knowing that this investment will benefit our employees as well as the important work we perform around the world.”

The health care plans offered by ECFMG/FAIMER provide extensive coverage at a very low cost to employees. On-site exercise and Weight Watchers classes and gym membership reimbursements also are offered. In addition to programs that promote physical health, there are a variety of offerings to promote emotional, financial, social, and occupational well-being. For more information on benefits and career opportunities at ECFMG/FAIMER, visit

To be considered for the honor, employers complete an online assessment. The Business Journal partners with national company Springbuk to evaluate and assess the nominees for the Healthiest Employers program. Each nominated employer is judged on six values, including:

  • Vision: Clearly understands the challenges and opportunities which differentiate its workplace, workforce, and industry, and has identified the attributes that set its corporate wellness initiatives apart and above.
  • Culture/Engagement: Engages the hearts, minds, and bodies of employees to address and affect well-being. “Walks the talk” in every respect of workplace culture, including working conditions and organizational practices.
  • Learning: Employer is a learning-minded organization that demonstrates a track record of continuous improvement leading to increasingly successful and repeatable employee wellness outcomes.
  • Expertise: Seeks out wellness professionals who balance subject-matter expertise with emotional intelligence and a deep understanding of behavior and motivation. Develops the internal know-how to execute on organizational vision.
  • Metrics: Employer clearly understands and defines the strategic value of wellness to the overall organization. Measures success and makes adjustments as needed to sustain and improve results.
  • Technology: Maintains awareness of tools and technologies and understands how to match them to organizational needs. Deploys the most suitable technologies to direct and manage corporate wellness initiatives.

ECFMG/FAIMER Announces Recipients of 2019 Student Projects for Health Awards

By developing programs that promote HIV prevention, tackle malnutrition, and combat air pollution, college students around the world aren’t waiting until they graduate to make a difference in their communities, and they are being recognized for their efforts. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) on Monday announced the recipients of the 2019 Student Projects for Health awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions through projects that promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. The competition is supported by FAIMER and by ECFMG through its GEMxsm program, which promotes global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Since the competition was launched in 2015, ECFMG/FAIMER has presented awards to 75 students from 22 countries.

“Promoting quality medical education and health care worldwide are core to the ECFMG/FAIMER mission,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “The quality of this year’s projects and the engagement of these students in improving the health of their communities are truly inspiring. The recipients have demonstrated the innovation and diversity of efforts needed to meet global health care needs.”

From the 72 submissions received from around the globe, ECFMG/FAIMER selected 12 students from nine countries to receive this year’s awards. Submissions were reviewed by an international panel of 18 reviewers. They were judged on the quality of the project, degree and nature of the applicant’s participation, the applicant’s contribution to project innovation, the impact of the project, and diffusion and integration of the project.

The award recipients are invited to present their projects during the 2019 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health which will be held September 10-13 in Darwin, Australia. The award includes air travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration fee.

Student Projects for Health award recipients
Recent Student Projects for Health award recipients presenting their projects at the conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. As recipients, students receive free air travel, hotel accommodations, and conference registration.

The 2019 recipients are:

  • Oscar Acopiado of Manila, Philippines, a medical student at the University of the Philippines Manila College of Medicine, for the project titled The Quisumbing-Escandor Film Festival for Health
  • Samuel Robert Bunting of Chicago, Ill., a medical student at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences Chicago Medical School, for the project titled Interprofessional Collaboration to Increase PrEP Prescription for HIV-Prevention in Primary Care: A Student-Led Initiative
  • Fabrice Humara of Kigali, Rwanda, a pharmacy student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled Pharmacy Students’ Engagement in Prison Inmates’ Health Attention to Tuberculosis Disease
  • Hiba Eltayeb Mahgoub of Wad Madani, Sudan, a medical student at the University of Gezira, for the project titled Health Promotion Among School-Aged Children in Wadsrair El-Dar Village
  • Lauren Yu-Lien Maldonado of Durham, N.C., and Los Angeles, Calif., a medical student at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, for the project titled Chamas for Change: An Integrated Maternal and Child Peer Support and Micro-Finance Model in Western Kenya
  • Evode Mbabazi of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CINEMA Education for Health
  • Yidnekachew Girma Mogessie of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a medical student at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, for the project titled Sexual Health Education for Better Awareness
  • Husna Moola of Cape Town, South Africa, a medical student at the University of Cape Town, for the project titled Prevalence of Dysglycemia in a Population that Attends a Masjid in Cape Town and a Novel Approach to Community Epidemiology
  • Julius Nuwagaba of Kampala, Uganda, a medical student at Makerere University School of Medicine, for the project titled She Decides Project
  • Stephen Odiwuor Ochieng of Juja, Kenya, a medical student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, for the project titled Early Childhood Development Center Malnutrition Program
  • Nishimagizwe Patience of Kigali, Rwanda, a medical student at the University of Rwanda College of Medicine & Health Sciences, for the project titled CompanionApp
  • Amitavikram Sattigeri of Delhi, India, a medical student at Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, for the project titled WindMe: The Electricity-Free Exhaust Fan for Combating Indoor Air Pollution in Indian Slums

Preliminary Recommendations for USMLE Score Reporting Now Available

Public comment period runs until July 26, 2019.

Preliminary recommendations on USMLE score reporting from the convening organizations of the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) are now available online. From now until July 26, 2019, individuals and organizations interested in this United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) topic can review the recommendations, hear podcasts about InCUS, sign up for a webinar, and submit comments about the recommendations.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable May 23-25

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable beginning at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Services are expected to be restored by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019. This maintenance will affect most ECFMG on-line services―including our external-facing web-based services, internal processing systems, and APIs for client organizations. A partial list of the web-based services that will be unavailable appears below.

Because our internal systems will not be available, we also will be unable to answer telephone and e-mail inquiries on Friday, May 24, 2019.

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
  • 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
    • 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.


Requirement for ERAS 2020 Applicants to Emergency Medicine Programs

The Emergency Medicine program community has endorsed the use of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Standardized Video Interview (SVI) for the ERAS 2020 season.

The SVI is mandatory for ERAS 2020 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 16, 2019, 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 as soon as possible to allow enough time to complete the SVI process. Tokens for ERAS 2020 are expected to be available for purchase through OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app on June 25, 2019.

For complete information and helpful resources, please visit the AAMC Standardized Video Interview web page at:

For information on how to prepare for the SVI, including the latest SVI webinars from AAMC, visit

New 2023 Accreditation Section of ECFMG Website

2023 Medical School Accreditation logo

ECFMG has launched a new section of its website dedicated to the 2023 Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification. Featured in this section are new eligibility guidelines that provide more detail on how the requirement will impact individuals applying to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) leading up to 2023 and after. We encourage applicants, medical school officials, and medical regulatory authorities to visit the new 2023 website section and to check back periodically for updates.

ECFMG President Co-Authors Article on Importance of IMGs to Cardiovascular Care

ECFMG President and CEO Dr. William W. Pinsky teamed up with Dr. Mandeep R. Mehra of Harvard University to co-author an article published April 15 in Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology. From their vantage points as physicians in cardiovascular specializations and leaders in academic medicine, Drs. Pinsky and Mehra demonstrate the importance of international medical graduates (IMGs) to U.S. health care through the lens of IMG contributions in the cardiovascular specialties.

The article, Immigration is Essential to Filling U.S. Physician Demand, covers the quality of IMGs, the diversity they add to U.S. health care, and the impact of current immigration policies on our ability to attract IMGs to the United States for graduate medical education.

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology also conducted a video interview with Drs. Pinsky and Mehra at the American College of Cardiology meeting in New Orleans in March.

Dr. Mehra, a former colleague of Dr. Pinsky’s at Ochsner Health System, is The William Harvey Distinguished Chair in Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine at Harvard and Medical Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in Boston.

ECFMG and FAIMER Convene Stakeholders to Discuss Immigration Impacts

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) held their first Board meeting of the year April 3-5, which included a biannual Stakeholder Engagement Forum. The spring Forum convened representatives from the U.S. medical education, training, licensing, and immigration law communities to explore the impact of immigration issues on medical education and health care in the United States.

Invited guests included John E. Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer, and Matthew Shick, JD, Senior Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME); Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB); and Kristen Harris, MA, JD, Partner of Harris Immigration Law. These guests joined ECFMG and FAIMER Board members during the half-day session on April 5 to identify and evaluate emerging trends and impacts at the intersection of U.S. immigration and health care.

“Immigration restrictions will have a profound impact on access to quality health care in the United States, and those effects will be felt first in the medical education and training communities,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “It is essential that those involved in U.S. medical education and training collaborate to share information and to address issues that jeopardize an adequate and high-quality physician workforce.”

ECFMG/FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests
ECFMG/FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum guests, from left: Kimball Mohn, MD, Executive Director, AHME; John E. Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer, AAMC; Kristen Harris, MA, JD, Partner, Harris Immigration Law; Humayun Chaudhry, DO, President and CEO, FSMB; Matthew Shick, JD, Senior Director of Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, AAMC.

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.


ECFMG and FAIMER are private, non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia in the United States. In partnership with each other and with other organizations around the world, ECFMG and FAIMER work to promote quality medical education and health care worldwide. ECFMG and FAIMER are leading experts on the world’s medical education systems and their graduates, the authenticity of physician credentials, the assessment of physicians, and research on physician migration and U.S. physician workforce issues. ECFMG and FAIMER offer programs and resources that serve global communities of medical educators and regulators; physicians and medical students; and those investigating issues in medical education, assessment, and health workforce planning. Learn more at and