Deadline Reminder: Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

Applicants participating in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®) must meet the following requirements by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline on March 2, 2022, in order for ECFMG to verify to the NRMP that they have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification:

  • Have passing results on the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) that are valid for ECFMG Certification and available by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline; AND
  • Meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification, which can be achieved by either:
    • Completing an ECFMG Pathway, which includes attaining a satisfactory score on the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine, OR
    • Having a passing performance on the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of USMLE that is valid for ECFMG Certification.

If you are applying to a Pathway, your application must be submitted no later than December 15, 2021, to ensure the application is processed in time for you to participate in the 2022 Match. To apply to a Pathway, or to check the status of your application after it has been submitted, log in to the Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match using your USMLE/ECFMG ID and On-line Services password.

Please also refer to the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match section of the ECFMG website, including the web page specific to the Pathway to which you are applying, for additional deadlines related to the submission of required documentation and to taking OET Medicine, which is required of all Pathways applicants.

All applicants are encouraged to review the detailed information available on ECFMG’s website and to track the status of their requests on-line prior to contacting our offices. To track the status of:

Deadline Reminder: Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

Applicants participating in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®) must meet the following requirements by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline on March 2, 2022, in order for ECFMG to verify to the NRMP that they have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification:

  • Have passing results on the Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) components of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) that are valid for ECFMG Certification and available by the NRMP Rank Order List Certification deadline; AND
  • Meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification, which can be achieved by either:
    • Completing an ECFMG Pathway, which includes attaining a satisfactory score on the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine, OR
    • Having a passing performance on the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of USMLE that is valid for ECFMG Certification.

If you are applying to a Pathway, your application must be submitted no later than December 15, 2021, to ensure the application is processed in time for you to participate in the 2022 Match. To apply to a Pathway, or to check the status of your application after it has been submitted, log in to the Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match using your USMLE/ECFMG ID and On-line Services password.

Please also refer to the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match section of the ECFMG website, including the web page specific to the Pathway to which you are applying, for additional deadlines related to the submission of required documentation and to taking OET Medicine, which is required of all Pathways applicants.

All applicants are encouraged to review the detailed information available on ECFMG’s website and to track the status of their requests on-line prior to contacting our offices. To track the status of:

Supplemental ERAS® Application for Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and General Surgery

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced that the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) is offering a new supplemental application designed to help applicants share more information about themselves. The goal of this additional information is to assist residency programs to better understand how the interests and experiences of applicants fit the program environment and mission. For the ERAS 2022 recruitment cycle, some programs in internal medicine, dermatology, and general surgery may require the supplemental application in addition to the standard MyERAS application.

Through the supplemental application, applicants will be asked to share information about their previous work, volunteer, and research experiences. They also will be asked to provide geographic information and to signal program preferences.

The supplemental application will be open from September 1 to September 30. Responses from applicants who submit the supplemental application by September 19 will be received on September 29 by the programs to which they applied. Responses from applicants who submit the supplemental application from September 20 through September 30 will be received by the programs on October 6.

The supplemental application is free to applicants and programs.

For applicants planning to apply to programs in internal medicine, dermatology, and/or general surgery, ECFMG strongly recommends:

  • Purchasing and registering an ERAS token now, and
  • Saving one or more programs to which they are applying from the participating specialties to their MyERAS application.

This will allow applicants to access the supplemental application when it opens on September 1.

For more information, visit the AAMC’s Supplemental ERAS Application webpage.

Pathway 6 On-line Application Now Open

The on-line application for Pathway 6 is now open. Pathway 6 is for applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements for Pathway 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and/or have failed the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). Pathway 6 requires an applicant’s clinical skills to be evaluated by licensed physicians through in-person clinical encounters.

Detailed information on Pathway 6, including criteria for acceptable clinical encounters, criteria for acceptable evaluators, and instructions for applicants, is available at Pathway 6: Evaluation of Clinical Patient Encounters by Licensed Physicians. Detailed information and instructions for physician evaluators are available at Information for Physician Evaluators for Pathway 6.

About the Pathways

The 2022 Pathways allow qualified IMGs who have not passed the former USMLE Step 2 CS exam to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification and for participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®).

Detailed Information on Pathway 6 Now Available for Applicants and Physician Evaluators

Detailed information is now available on the ECFMG website for individuals planning to apply to Pathway 6 and for the physicians who will be evaluating their clinical skills. This new information includes step-by-step instructions for applicants and comprehensive information and instructions for physician evaluators. The on-line application process for Pathway 6 will open in August. Applicants should prepare now by reviewing this information carefully, identifying their physician evaluators if they have not already done so, and directing their physician evaluators to review the newly published information.

About the Pathways
The 2022 Pathways allow qualified international medical graduates who have not passed the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification and for participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®). Pathway 6 is for applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements for Pathway 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and/or have failed Step 2 CS one or more times. Pathway 6 requires an applicant’s clinical skills to be evaluated by licensed physicians through in-person clinical encounters.

OET@Home Available in August on Limited Basis

OET@Home, a version of the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine that can be taken at home through remote proctoring, is available to certain Pathways applicants for test dates in August. OET@Home is available only to applicants who do not have a physical test venue (for paper-based or computer-based testing) in their country. Applicants with a test venue in their country should plan to take OET on paper or OET on computer at a physical test center to ensure that they test in time to meet Pathways requirements for participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®). Please  visit Test Dates and Locations on the OET website to determine whether there is a test venue in your country.

Eligible applicants can book OET@Home now on the OET website. If you have questions regarding OET@Home, please contact OET.

About the Pathways

The 2022 Pathways allow qualified international medical graduates (IMGs) who have not passed the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification and for participation in the 2022 Match. A satisfactory score on OET Medicine is required for IMGs applying to a 2022 Pathway. To meet ECFMG’s requirements, applicants must attain a minimum score of 350 (Grade B) on each of the four measured sub-tests of OET Medicine (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) in one test administration. Applicants must take OET Medicine on or before the last scheduled test date in December 2021. See the ECFMG website for more information.

Additional Information on Pathway 6 Is Available

Prospective Pathway 6 Applicants Should Begin to Identify Evaluators Now

Additional information is now available on applying to Pathway 6, which requires an applicant’s clinical skills to be evaluated by licensed physicians through in-person clinical encounters. This new information includes criteria for both the physician evaluators and for the clinical encounters. If you plan to apply to Pathway 6, you should review this information and begin to identify your physician evaluators now. There also is new information on the availability of the on-line application for Pathway 6, now scheduled for August; application deadlines; and application processing times.

About the Pathways
The 2022 Pathways allow qualified international medical graduates who have not passed the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification and for participation in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) 2022 Main Residency Match® (The Match®). Pathway 6 is for applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements for Pathway 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 and/or have failed Step 2 CS one or more times.

ERAS 2022 Residency Tokens Now Available

Residency Tokens for the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2022 application season are now available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS). You can use a 2022 Token to register at the MyERAS website of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), effective Thursday, June 24, 2021, and begin work on your residency application.

If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2022, visit the ERAS Support Services section of the ECFMG website for important information and instructions on how to obtain an ERAS Token.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In response to the suspension and subsequent discontinuation of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam by the USMLE program, ECFMG|FAIMER has identified Pathways that will allow qualified IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG Certification. For IMGs who apply for and satisfy all requirements for a Pathway and have passing performances on USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) that are valid for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG will verify to the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) that they have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification. Please review the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match for detailed information.

ERAS 2022 Program Information for IMGs Now Available

Information for international medical students/graduates (IMGs) on the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) 2022 application season is now available. If you plan to apply for U.S. residency positions that begin in July 2022, please visit the following sections 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 after you have registered at MyERAS.

Residency Tokens for the ERAS 2022 application season are expected to be available through ECFMG’s On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) beginning June 24, 2021. You can use a 2022 Token to register with AAMC’s MyERAS beginning June 24, 2021.

Update: Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

Detailed Information, On-line Application for Pathways 1-5 Now Available

The 2022 Pathways application process for Pathways 1-5 is now open. Qualified international medical graduates (IMGs) who need to meet the clinical and communication skills requirements for ECFMG® Certification and who intend to participate in the 2022 National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® (The Match®) can apply to a Pathway to meet these requirements for ECFMG Certification and the requirements for Match participation.

The information available on ECFMG’s website includes:

As announced previously, ECFMG|FAIMER has added a sixth Pathway for 2022. The application process for Pathway 6 is expected to open in July. Preliminary information on Pathway 6 is available now, and additional details and instructions for meeting the requirements for Pathway 6 will be provided as soon as they are available. Please monitor the ECFMG website for the steps that applicants can take before July to prepare for Pathway 6.