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.

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.

ERAS 2019 Program Information for IMGs Now Available

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2019 application season is now available. 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. Most U.S. residency programs participate in ERAS. If you apply to participating programs, you must use ERAS to do so.

At the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website, you will be able to:

  • See an overview of the Application Process and Timeline.
  • View instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token, which will enable you to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and work on your residency applications.
  • Find instructions for submitting your supporting documents, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts.

ERAS Support Services will transmit your supporting documents to your ERAS application. All supporting documents must be submitted electronically. For more details, please refer to the “Upload Your Documents Now” e-mail that will be sent to you via the MyERAS Message Center after you have registered at MyERAS.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2019 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) and the MyECFMG mobile app beginning June 21, 2018. You can use a 2019 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 21, 2018.

Our Privacy Notice Has Changed

ECFMG recently updated its Privacy Notice. The updates are intended to reflect our current data collection and use practices as well as the requirements of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. Our updated notice, which is available at https://www.ecfmg.org/annc/privacy.html, takes effect on May 23, 2018.

Our Privacy Notice provides a summary of the personal information that we collect about you, how we use this information, and the measures we employ to keep the information secure. As a user of ECFMG’s programs and services, including its websites and mobile applications, it is important that you understand our practices with respect to collection, use, and storage of your information.

Please take some time to read and understand our updated Privacy Notice. If you use ECFMG’s programs and services on or after the effective date, this will signify your acceptance of the Privacy Notice.

We understand that you entrust us with your personal information, and we will continue to update our Privacy Notice as needed to ensure that you have a clear and readily available explanation of our privacy practices.