ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable September 18-20

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2020. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access most ECFMG on-line services, including the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match
  • 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.

Incomplete USMLE Exam Applications in IWA Will Be Deleted on September 29

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) exam applications that have been saved but not submitted via ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be deleted. If you have a saved exam application in IWA, you must complete and submit the application, including payment, by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. If you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application when IWA becomes unavailable on September 29, your incomplete application will be deleted. If your application is deleted, you will be required to begin a new application in order to apply for examination.

ECFMG’s IWA Unavailable September 29-30

Due to required maintenance, ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be unavailable for up to 24 hours, beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on September 29, 2020.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to perform any IWA transactions, including working on or submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification or United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) exam application, and accessing a USMLE scheduling permit.

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

ECFMG|FAIMER Statement on Pathways Fees

ECFMG®|FAIMER® recently announced the fees for applying to the pathways for ECFMG Certification for the 2021 Match. Since publishing the fees, we have received questions and feedback on the fees and our process for determining them. We value this feedback and wish to share the following information.

ECFMG|FAIMER is committed to the continuity of the ECFMG Certification program and the vital service it provides to the U.S. public and GME community and to physicians around the world who wish to train in the United States. We also are committed to operating in the most efficient way possible while also ensuring that we fulfill our mission of promoting quality health care.

In establishing the pathways, ECFMG|FAIMER moved quickly and aggressively to build a new, comprehensive operational infrastructure, including a new technology platform. Although the fees associated with the pathways partially cover the cost of this investment and ongoing implementation, they do not offset 2020 and 2021 operating losses resulting from the suspension of USMLE Step 2 CS.

As part of the current requirements for ECFMG Certification, the pathways are designed mindfully and based on metrics in order to ensure that only qualified international medical graduates (IMGs) are eligible to enter U.S. graduate medical education (GME), where they provide supervised patient care. The pathway fees will enable evaluation of pathway applications by ECFMG|FAIMER staff with expertise in the world’s medical education, accreditation, and licensure systems. The fees also enable the primary-source verification of medical credentials, as well as evaluation of other documents submitted in support of pathways applications.

Like the fees collected by ECFMG|FAIMER for the former USMLE Step 2 CS exam, the pathways fees contribute to our broad support of IMGs who pursue ECFMG Certification and U.S. GME. This support includes:

  • Advocacy for IMGs and the vital role they play in U.S. GME and health care
  • Telephone and e-mail access to an Applicant Information Services team for customer service
  • Free resources to help IMGs orient to the U.S. residency application process and health care system, allowing them to be better prepared in applying to U.S. GME
  • Multi-lingual staff to help support our interaction with thousands of medical schools, regulatory agencies, and other institutions worldwide, which facilitates the credential verification process
  • Building and maintaining on-line systems that IMGs may use for on-line access to their accounts and transactions with ECFMG|FAIMER

In keeping with our nonprofit status and mission, we are committed to careful monitoring and control of the costs of operating our programs and services. Likewise, in determining fees for our services, we give careful consideration to the impact of fees on the diverse community of individuals we serve and their ability to access our services.

ECFMG|FAIMER Has Updated Its Privacy Notice

ECFMG|FAIMER has updated its Privacy Notice. We made these changes, which are effective August 28, 2020, to help ensure that our Notice aligns with evolving privacy regulations and our privacy practices.

You can access our revised Privacy Notice at https://www.ecfmg.org/annc/privacy.html.

Your continued use of ECFMG|FAIMER programs and services, including websites and mobile apps, following the posting of changes will mean that you accept the changes.

We look forward to continuing to be of service and to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.

Availability of ECFMG’s 2021 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials

ECFMG’s 2021 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2021 exam application materials for international medical students/graduates (IMGs) are expected to be available on the ECFMG website in late September 2020. The ECFMG Information Booklet is the definitive source of information on ECFMG Certification and is required reading for applicants.

To meet the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification, IMGs have been required to pass Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). The USMLE program has suspended administration of Step 2 CS until at least June 2021. ECFMG has established pathways that will allow qualified IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification. These pathways are directed toward individuals who intend to apply to accredited graduate medical education programs in the United States for the 2021-2022 academic year. Information on the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match is available now on the ECFMG website.

Availability of 2021 Eligibility Periods for USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK

Applicants who wish to obtain a Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility period during the first half of 2021 do not need to wait for the 2021 Information Booklet/exam application materials to become available in late September 2020. These applicants can use the currently published Information Booklet/exam application materials to apply for available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods that begin in 2020, and their eligibility periods will be extended through June 2021, as announced previously by the USMLE program. Additionally, all currently registered examinees who have a Step 1 or Step 2 CK scheduling permit with an unexpired eligibility period with an end date in 2020 also will be extended through June 2021, per the USMLE program’s announcement.

When the 2021 exam application materials become available in late September 2020, all USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2021 will become available.

Please monitor the ECFMG website, and follow ECFMG on Facebook and Twitter for updates and important information.

Detailed Information on Pathways Application Process Now Available

On August 20, ECFMG|FAIMER published additional information on the new requirements for ECFMG Certification for the 2021 Match. The new information includes detailed instructions for applying to the pathways, which will allow qualified IMGs who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification and the 2021 Match. Information on required documentation, application timing, fees, and a limited exceptions process also is available.

Potential applicants can use this information to preview the on-line application process and to prepare for the launch of the on-line pathways application at the end of August.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable August 22

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2020. Services are expected to be restored by 5:00 p.m. the same day. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access most ECFMG on-line services, including the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • 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.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable August 14-16

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2020. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2020. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access most ECFMG on-line services, including the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • 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
    • GEMx SM 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.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable July 17-19

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2020. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, 2020. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access most ECFMG on-line services, including the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • 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
    • GEMx SM 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.