ECFMG Statement on Closure of Hahnemann University Hospital

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is expressing its support for the Hahnemann University Hospital community in light of the announced closure of this long-standing member of the graduate medical education (GME) and health care communities. The closure of this large academic medical center will have broad and significant implications.

As a leader in medical education worldwide, and particularly as part of the Philadelphia community, ECFMG is concerned for Hahnemann’s patients, house staff, physicians, and other employees, as well as the Drexel University medical students who receive clinical education at Hahnemann. We are most concerned for the city of Philadelphia and its many patients who depend on Hahnemann for care.

ECFMG also is the sole J-1 visa sponsor of foreign national physicians to participate in GME at U.S. hospitals. Each year, we sponsor more than 11,000 physicians in J-1 visa status to participate in GME programs across the nation, where they receive medical specialty and subspecialty training and provide supervised patient care. Some of these physicians currently are in training at Hahnemann. Because of the closing of Hahnemann, they must seek other training venues.

Currently, we are focusing our efforts to assist the international physicians in training at Hahnemann under ECFMG J-1 visa sponsorship. ECFMG is reaching out to each of these physicians to provide support and assistance, as they seek to transition to other GME training programs. If they are unable to enter other U.S. training programs, they will need to return to their home countries.

As is the case in cities across our nation, international physicians in training at Hahnemann in Philadelphia make invaluable contributions to our clinical training environments and patient care. The loss of these physicians and their expertise, innovation, and international perspectives would be a loss to us all.

We offer our sincere best wishes to all who are impacted by this unfortunate situation. We look forward to working with national and local partners to help ensure the continued training of the many talented international physicians who have called Hahnemann home.

Please also see the ACGME statement, Hahnemann University Hospital Closure.

InCUS Webinar Now Available

You can now access a recording of the June 24, 2019 webinar, Exploring Possible Changes to USMLE Score Reportinghere.

More than 150 questions were submitted prior to the broadcast. Representatives from the five organizations sponsoring the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring (InCUS) answered many of these, as well as fielding questions during the live recording. All questions will be used to develop FAQs, which will be posted on usmle.org.

Sponsors of InCUS are the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).

The USMLE encourages the submission of feedback about the recommendations until the public comment period closes on July 26.

USMLE score reporting is a complex issue. Updates and information will be made available on the usmle.org website.

ERAS 2020 Residency Tokens Now Available

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2020 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 2020 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and work on your residency application.

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 and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.

NBME Issues 2020 John P. Hubbard Award Call for Nominations

The National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) invites nominations for the 2020 John P. Hubbard Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. NBME grants the Hubbard Award to individuals who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the assessment of professional competency and educational program development at any level along the continuum of medical education and delivery of health care.

For more information, including criteria for the award and a list of past award recipients, please visit http://www.nbme.org/about/hubbard/. NBME hopes you will find time to consider this information and pass it along to others who may have interest in the nomination process for the 2020 Hubbard Award. The deadline for nominations is September 13, 2019.

On-line Services Are Now Available

UPDATE: ECFMG has completed the scheduled maintenance, and all on-line services are now available. Thank you for your patience. Last updated June 15, 2019, 7:09 pm US EDT.

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on June 15, 2019. Services are expected to be restored by 5:00 p.m. on the same day. 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 (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.

Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, Selected as Next FAIMER President

Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBAThe Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) announced today that Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, MBA, has been selected as the next President of FAIMER. Dr. Mladenovic will join FAIMER on August 22, 2019, succeeding John J. Norcini, PhD, who has led FAIMER since May 2002. Dr. Mladenovic will serve as a member of the ECFMG-FAIMER Executive Leadership Team.

“Dr. Mladenovic has demonstrated the commitment to collaboration and innovation that will ensure the continued growth and development of FAIMER as a world leader in promoting global health,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors. “Under her leadership, FAIMER will continue to be a strategic partner to ECFMG and other organizations that strive to promote quality health care worldwide.”

Dr. Mladenovic has spent her career in academic administrative roles, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), an academic health center comprised of five schools with over 100 degree granting programs, several research institutes, and an integrated health system. Among her many accomplishments were the opening of a new School of Public Health, an Interprofessional Rural Campus distributed throughout the state, a novel campus in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos, Myanmar), and a collaborative life sciences building serving three universities. Previously, she held positions as Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education (two campuses) and Director of Research Education at the University of Miami, Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Medicine at SUNY Downstate, and Chief of Medicine at the University of Colorado and SUNY Stonybrook. A hematologist by training, she oversaw a funded stem cell research laboratory for 18 years. Following her retirement from OHSU in 2017, she founded The Center for Women in Academic Medicine and Science (CWAMS).

Dr. Mladenovic received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of its School of Medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Stanford University, with a Chief Residency at the University of Washington, where she also completed fellowship training in hematology. She has an MBA with distinction from the University of Miami, and attended the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Dr. Mladenovic has served in leadership roles for the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Medical Specialties, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Society of Hematology, Association of Professors of Medicine, and the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.

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.

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.