ERAS 2020 Program Information for IMGs Now Available

Information for international medical students/graduates on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2020 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2020, 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 2020 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 25, 2019. You can use a 2020 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 25, 2019.

USMLE Scoring: An Ongoing Conversation

At the March 2019 Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS), stakeholders from organizations within the house of medicine discussed USMLE’s score reporting, both its primary use for licensure as well as secondary uses in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Read the latest update about the InCUS experience and timeline on the USMLE website.

New Videos from USMLE: “Your USMLE Journey to Medical Licensure in the U.S.” and “Who is USMLE?”

Two new videos about the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program are now available on the USMLE website for students, examinees, medical school faculty, and others.

“Your USMLE Journey to Medical Licensure in the U.S.” looks at what is covered on each Step exam, using colorful scenes and visual elements.

“Who is USMLE?” features program volunteers and committee members who help develop the exams, discussing the perspectives and principles behind work on a licensure examination.

The new videos are a great way to quickly understand the exams that comprise the three Steps of USMLE.

In addition, the USMLE website now includes an easy to locate page for quick access to all videos and podcasts supporting program information.

Keep checking the USMLE Announcements section for news, videos, and podcasts to stay aware of program updates.

ECFMG/FAIMER Again Named Top Workplace in the Delaware Valley

Top Work Places 2019

Philadelphia, Pa.—The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) have again been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Philadelphia Inquirer. ECFMG/FAIMER ranked 14 among 31 companies in the large workplace category and was among 125 companies in the region honored at an awards ceremony April 18.

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ECFMG/FAIMER employees celebrate the organizations’ recognition as a Top Workplace in the Philadelphia region and #14 ranking among large companies.

Winners are based solely on employee feedback, gathered through third-party research partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, to name just a few.

“ECFMG and FAIMER promote quality health care around the world,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “As an employer of choice in Philadelphia and the region, we are able to attract the best local talent to support this critical mission.”

This is the second consecutive year that ECFMG/FAIMER received the Top Workplaces honor. In addition, Modern Healthcare recognized ECFMG/FAIMER in 2018 as a Best Place to Work in Healthcare and presented it with the Family-Friendliest Workplace Award for the second year in a row.

To learn more about a career with ECFMG/FAIMER, please visit www.ecfmg.org/careers.

About ECFMG and FAIMER

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 www.ecfmg.org and www.faimer.org.

ECFMG partners with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) in administering the Step 2 Clinical Skills component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), a requirement both for international medical graduates and for graduates of U.S./ Canadian medical schools who wish to be licensed in the United States. Through this collaboration, the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), ECFMG uses its expertise in assessment to ensure that all physicians entering U.S. graduate medical education can demonstrate the ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues. As part of this collaboration, ECFMG operates two CSEC test centers in Philadelphia. Learn more at www.csecassessments.org.

IMGs Participating in 2020 Match Should Apply for Step 2 CS Now

To participate in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match®, international medical students/graduates must have passed all exams required for ECFMG Certification. If you plan to participate in the 2020 Match (in March 2020) and still need to pass Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), you should register now to take the examination.

To help ensure that your result will be available in time to participate in the 2020 Match, you must take Step 2 CS by December 31, 2019. If you do not register now and schedule soon, it is possible that you will not be able to obtain a test date in 2019. At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any test center is in September 2019.

The USMLE program also strongly encourages medical students/graduates to schedule their exams early to obtain a testing appointment this year.

If you register and schedule now, you can change your scheduled testing appointment (subject to availability) at no cost, provided you give notice of more than 14 days.

For periodic updates on the availability of Step 2 CS testing appointments, follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter. Detailed information on the results reporting schedule for Step 2 CS is available on the ECFMG website.

Step 1 – Delay in Score Reporting

Most score reporting of USMLE Step 1 results occurs within four weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of May 5, 2019.

The target date for reporting Step 1 scores for most examinees testing the week of May 5 through mid-June will be Wednesday, July 10, 2019. For examinees whose circumstances require that they receive Step 1 scores before July 10, 2019, it is recommended that they take Step 1 no later than May 4, 2019.

Examinees should see the full announcement on the USMLE website for more information.

ECFMG President Dr. William W. Pinsky Featured in NBC10 Philadelphia Story on IMGs

NBC10 Philadelphia on Monday aired a story on the importance of international medical graduates (IMGs) to the U.S. health care system featuring ECFMG President and CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D. You can see the story at https://bit.ly/2ClGCH0. NBC10 correspondent Matt DeLucia also interviewed Dr. Arturo Rios-Diaz, an ECFMG-certified physician currently under ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship as a third-year general surgery resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

FAIMER Offering $30,000 Grants to Support Expansion of Community Health Projects That Work

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) announces the opening of its 2019 Projects That Work competition. This annual international competition shines a spotlight on projects that have had a significant impact on the health of communities and education of health professionals. This year, for the first time, FAIMER is excited to offer five grants of up to $30,000 each to help recipients expand their work.

Launched in 2013, Projects That Work has showcased more than 30 projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and had a significant impact on community health or health professions education over three or more years. “Projects are an important link between capacity building of health workers and impact on community health,” says William Burdick, M.D., FAIMER’s Vice President for Education. “Our Projects That Work competition highlights the teamwork, innovation, and evaluation that characterize the best of these.”

Past projects have focused on issues such as point-of-care diabetes testing in Cameroon, medical technology aimed at improving maternal and child health in India, hygiene and water sanitation projects in Rwanda, and malnutrition reduction field training in the Philippines, to name just a few. By providing the leaders of these projects with the opportunity to present their work to large audiences at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), FAIMER also aims to serve the international health care community at large by broadly disseminating information about what works.

Applications for 2019 Projects That Work grants must be completed online at https://faimer.fluidreview.com/res/p/projects-that-work/. Funding decisions will be made by a distinguished panel of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education, and up to five projects will be selected to receive grants. The recipients will present their projects at the 2019 conference of The Network: TUFH, being held September 10-13, 2019, in Darwin, Australia.

For more information on the Projects That Work competition, visit https://www.faimer.org/project-competitions/projects-that-work.html.

Fee Increases for 2019

Effective January 1, 2019, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The fee for Application for ECFMG Certification will be $135.
  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $940 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will be $1,580 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for an extension of eligibility period for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $80.
  • The fee for a change of testing region for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $75.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will be 0-$1,290 (depending on date of cancellation).
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $50.
  • The fee for an application for J-1 visa sponsorship will be $340.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2019 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2019 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.