Step 2 CS – Examinations in Philadelphia to Take Place as Scheduled March 14 & 15

Please be advised that a winter storm is forecast for the Philadelphia region that may make it more difficult than usual to access the Philadelphia Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test centers on March 14 and 15, 2017. Test centers will, however, remain open and USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinations will take place as scheduled. Examinees are advised to exercise caution and allow themselves extra time when traveling to the test centers to ensure that they arrive safely and on time.

ACGME Releases Revised Requirements for U.S. Residency and Fellowship Programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today released a final set of revisions to the professional standards that all accredited U.S. residency and fellowship programs follow. The new requirements, which take effect July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.

While the total number of hours per week that first-year residents work will not change, the revised requirements return first-year residents to the same schedule as other residents and fellows, re-establishing the commitment to team-based care and seamless continuity of care while also ensuring professionalism, empathy, and the commitment of first-year residents to their patients. The limit on continuous work for first-year residents will return to 24 hours, a limit that has been in place nationwide for all other residents and fellows, plus up to four hours to manage necessary care transitions.

For more on the revised requirements, please read:

Update: ECFMG’s Administrative Office in Philadelphia Will Be Open Today, January 13

Due to an emergency plumbing issue, ECFMG’s Philadelphia office closed yesterday at 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States. This issue has been resolved, and ECFMG’s Philadelphia office will reopen today, January 13, for normal business hours.

Step 2 CS examinees who are scheduled to test in Philadelphia on January 13 should report for their test sessions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unforeseen event.

Health Professions Councils of Namibia and ECFMG Announce Partnership

ECFMG is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical credentials of Namibia’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of Namibia. HPCNA now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have required medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides HPCNA with ECFMG’s rigorous, internationally recognized primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

Read the full press release.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable January 17

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 7:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on January 17, 2015. 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
  • IMED—International Medical Education Directory
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Physician Portal
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Report Portal
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for schools (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

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

ECFMG Launches Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx)

New program will promote partnership and exchange in undergraduate medical education worldwide

ECFMG® is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMxSM), a new program to promote global partnership and student exchange opportunities in undergraduate medical education worldwide. Launched last month following a one-year pilot, GEMx serves both medical schools and students, and is creating a global community for those involved in exchange in medical education. It also offers a centralized, paperless process for researching, applying to, and managing elective exchanges.

With successful completion of the pilot, ECFMG invites all medical schools worldwide to join the GEMx partnership. Medical schools interested in learning more are encouraged to contact GEMx staff to set up a one-on-one appointment via Skype or teleconference. To arrange an appointment, use the convenient on‑line booking system or send e-mail to info@gemxelectives.org.

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., ECFMG’s President & Chief Executive Officer, said, “The goal of GEMx—to increase access to international exchanges in medical education—will help provide the world’s future physicians with the international perspective required to meet health care needs in an increasingly globalized world. It also speaks directly to ECFMG’s mission of enhancing medical education and promoting quality health care.”

For more information, read the press release and visit www.gemxelectives.org.

World Directory of Medical Schools to Replace International Medical Education Directory (IMED) in 2015 for Purposes of Determining Eligibility for ECFMG Certification

By mid-2015, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) will use the World Directory of Medical Schools in determining the eligibility of its applicants for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) and for ECFMG Certification. ECFMG will begin to use the World Directory when it is fully operational. Until such time, ECFMG continues to use IMED for this purpose.

The World Directory combines the data in FAIMER’s IMED with the data in the Avicenna Directory of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). The combined directory offers a more comprehensive listing of the world’s medical schools and enhanced information in areas such as enrollment and curricula.

About ECFMG eligibility requirements for medical schools

In order for a medical school’s students and graduates to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification, the school must be recognized by the appropriate agency in the country where the school is located. IMED lists medical schools recognized by the appropriate agency in the country where the school is located.

The mission of the new World Directory is broader—to list all medical schools in the world. As a result, the World Directory includes medical schools that do not meet ECFMG’s eligibility requirements. International medical students and graduates who wish to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification will need to consult the World Directory, as described below, to determine if their school meets ECFMG eligibility requirements.

Determining ECFMG eligibility using the World Directory

The World Directory is sponsored by a number of organizations, including ECFMG. These sponsoring organizations may provide information for display in the directory. The information that ECFMG will provide will include whether the school meets ECFMG eligibility requirements. When the World Directory becomes fully operational, this information will be available on a “Sponsor tab” in the school’s World Directory listing.

To determine whether their medical school meets eligibility requirements for them to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification, international medical students and graduates will need to consult the Sponsor tab for that school. If, after the World Directory becomes fully operational, a school’s listing does not include information about ECFMG eligibility on the Sponsor tab, students and graduates of that medical school will not be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination or for ECFMG Certification.

The merger of the two directories does not impact whether a school meets ECFMG’s requirements for its students and graduates to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification. Schools that are recognized and listed in IMED will be listed in the fully operational World Directory as schools whose students and graduates are eligible to apply to ECFMG for examination and for ECFMG Certification. (To be eligible, medical students and graduates must meet all eligibility requirements as detailed in the ECFMG Information Booklet.)

Medical students and graduates cannot use the World Directory to determine their school’s eligibility until the World Directory becomes fully operational, which is expected by mid-2015. These individuals should continue to use IMED until further notice and should monitor the ECFMG website for updates.

About the World Directory of Medical Schools

The World Directory is a joint venture of WFME and FAIMER, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen. An agreement to form the World Directory by combining the data in WFME’s Avicenna Directory and FAIMER’s IMED was finalized in March 2012. WFME and FAIMER have been working together since that time to create the new directory and launched an initial version in April 2014. FAIMER and WFME expect the World Directory to be fully operational by mid-2015.

The World Directory is sponsored by a number of organizations, including ECFMG, that work with WFME and FAIMER in the development of the directory, and contribute to the decision-making process about criteria for inclusion of medical schools in the directory, core data to be collected on each school, presentation of the data, and management of the directory. School listings in the World Directory are updated and added appropriately as new information becomes available. For more information, visit the World Directory website at www.wdoms.org.

(posted December 16, 2014; updated June 30, 2015)

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable April 12

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 7:30 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on April 12, 2014. 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
  • IMED—International Medical Education Directory
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • IAN—IMG Advisors Network
  • EMSWP—ECFMG Medical School Web Portal
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Physician Portal
  • EPICSM—Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials Report Portal
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for schools (accessed through EMSWP)
  • GEMxSM—Global Education in Medicine Exchange on-line services for students
  • MyECFMG mobile app

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