Fee Increases for 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The fee for Application for ECFMG Certification will be $160.
  • The examination fees for United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $985 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for an extension of eligibility period for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $100.
  • The fee for a change of testing region for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will be $90.
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $66.
  • The fee for an application for J-1 visa sponsorship will be $370.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2022 (Eastern Time in the United States). All fees are listed in U.S. dollars.

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, refer to the ECFMG 2022 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable December 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, December 17, 2021. Services are expected to be restored by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021. 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 2022 Match
  • Clinical Skills Evaluation and Attestation Portal
  • 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 and FAIMER Boards Elect New Trustees

The Boards of Trustees of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®), both members of Intealth, elected four new trustees at their final meeting of the year on December 2-3. The new trustees will serve an initial four-year term with an option for re-election to a second term.

In addition, the ECFMG Board of Trustees elected Maryellen E. Gusic, MD, as Chair for a two-year term. She succeeds Andrew T. Filak Jr., MD, who served an additional year as Chair as the organization navigated the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. A renowned medical educator, Dr. Gusic recently was named Senior Associate Dean of Education and Professor of Biomedical Education and Data Science and Pediatrics at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The ECFMG Board also elected Peter F. Buckley, MD, to a two-year term as Vice Chair, succeeding Dr. Gusic. A leader in Psychiatry, Dr. Buckley currently is Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in Richmond, and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at VCU Health. He will assume the role of Chancellor of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in February 2022.

“We are very grateful to Dr. Filak for his leadership above and beyond his designated term as we addressed the challenges of the pandemic and important changes to ECFMG Certification,” said William W. Pinsky, MD, President and CEO of ECFMG and Board Chair of FAIMER. “The continuity of leadership he provided during that critical time helped ECFMG emerge as a stronger, more agile organization.”

Jeanette Mladenovic, MD, President of FAIMER, welcomed the new members who were selected following a call for nominations. “We are very pleased to welcome these four accomplished individuals to our Boards,” Dr. Mladenovic said. “They all bring significant skills and experience to the stewardship of ECFMG and FAIMER as we explore new opportunities to advance the global health workforce.”

The December meeting also was the last for Ronald R. Blanck, DO; Asqual Getaneh, MD, MPH; and James F. Pelegano, MD, MS, who concluded their terms as trustees. “I thank Dr. Blanck, Dr. Getaneh, and Dr. Pelegano for their years of dedication to ECFMG and FAIMER,” said Dr. Gusic, the new Chair of the ECFMG Board. “Their experience and expertise have been important to our work during a time of significant growth and change. We are grateful for their contributions and their service.”

The new trustees, whose terms begin immediately, are:

Nael A. Abouzaki, JD
Mr. Abouzaki is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the Henrico County, Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law in Richmond, Virginia. He served previously as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices in Hanover and Montgomery counties in Virginia, and as a Fellow with the Virginia Attorney General’s Office in Richmond. Mr. Abouzaki received his law degree from the George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from VCU. He is a member of the Virginia Bar. Trilingual in English, Spanish, and Arabic, Mr. Abouzaki is well-versed in issues related to international medical graduates (IMGs).

Ricardo R. Correa, MD, EdD
Dr. Correa serves as Director of the endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism fellowship program; Director of GME Diversity; and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. In addition, he is a staff endocrinologist at the Phoenix VA Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. Dr. Correa received his medical and education degrees from the University of Panama. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital and a fellowship in endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Correa is Chair-elect of the IMG Section Governing Council of the American Medical Association and also has served in various roles with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the United States Medical Licensing Examination®, the National Board of Medical Examiners®, the National Hispanic Medical Association, and the World Medical Association.

George E. Kikano, MD
Dr. Kikano is Vice President for Health Affairs at Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and Dean of the CMU College of Medicine as well as Professor of Medicine. In addition, he serves as Chair of the Board of CMU Medical Education Partners and Vice Chair of the Board of the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance. Before joining CMU, Dr. Kikano was the Dorothy Jones Weatherhead Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. An IMG from Lebanon, Dr. Kikano earned his medical degree from the American University of Beirut and completed a residency in family medicine at the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Kikano remains a practicing family physician. He serves on the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and has been involved in various initiatives related to global medical education and global health.

Debra F. Weinstein, MD
Dr. Weinstein is Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief Academic Officer for Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She assumed these roles in November 2021, having served previously as Vice President for GME at Mass General Brigham and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Weinstein obtained her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital. A past residency program director, she has served on the board of ACGME, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Governance and Financing of GME, and as Chair of the AAMC’s Group on Resident Affairs. In addition, Dr. Weinstein is a recipient of the ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award and John C. Gienapp Award. She also served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants Task Force on Immigrant Health Care Professionals.

About Intealth
Intealth brings together the expertise and resources that advance quality in health care education worldwide in order to improve health care for all. Through strategic integration of its nonprofit members, Intealth offers a flexible and multi-layered portfolio of services. These services enhance and support the education and training of health care professionals, verify their qualifications required to practice, and inform the development of health workforce policies around the world. By leveraging these combined competencies of its members, Intealth powers innovation in areas critical to the health professions.

Intealth is an integrated organization that includes the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).

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:

FAIMER Celebrating 20th Anniversary with Virtual Conference Oct. 20-22 Featuring Dr. Abraham Verghese

The Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) is celebrating 20 years of accomplishments and service to world health with a virtual conference from October 20-22. Dr. Abraham Verghese, the noted physician and best-selling author, will provide the keynote address during the free three-day event. For more information and to register, please visit: https://cvent.me/qMoN9L.

Titled Celebrating 20 Years of FAIMER: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, the virtual conference is of interest to medical and health professions educators; international medical students; medical regulatory authority officials; those interested in improving world health through education; and anyone who has participated or is interested in FAIMER programs and initiatives, including the thousands of FAIMER Fellows worldwide.

The first day of the conference will focus on FAIMER’s history and will feature Dr. John Norcini, who was FAIMER’s President from its founding until 2019; Dr. Page S. Morahan, Founding Co-Director of the International FAIMER Institute; and Dr. James A. Hallock, President Emeritus of ECFMG and a FAIMER Senior Scholar.

The conference’s second day will feature Dr. Verghese, who will talk about his experiences as an international medical graduate and his career in medical education. In addition, the directors of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes in Chile, China, Egypt, India, and Indonesia will highlight their histories and accomplishments.

The third day of the conference will look forward to FAIMER’s future, including the organization’s new strategic plan offering exciting new curricula for health professions educators, expanding its Regional Institutes in Africa, developing new assessment tools, and creating additional data resources for the global health care community. Speakers for the third day will include Dr. Jeannette Mladenovic, President of FAIMER; Dr. William W. Pinsky, President and CEO of ECFMG|FAIMER and Chair of the FAIMER Board of Trustees; and Dr. Francis Omaswa, Executive Director of the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST).

We invite you to join us in celebrating two decades of progress and accomplishments and looking forward to a bright future for FAIMER.

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®).

ECFMG’s 2022 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials Now Available

ECFMG’s 2022 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2022 exam application materials for international medical students/graduates (IMGs) are now available on the ECFMG website. The ECFMG Information Booklet is the definitive source of information on ECFMG Certification and is required reading for applicants.

To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, IMGs must satisfy a number of requirements, including the medical science examination requirement, the clinical skills requirement, and the communication skills requirement.

  • To meet the medical science examination requirement for ECFMG Certification, applicants must pass Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®).
  • To meet the clinical skills requirement and communication skills requirement for ECFMG Certification, applicants must:
    • Complete an ECFMG Pathway, which includes attaining a satisfactory score on the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine, OR
    • Have earned a passing performance on the former Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) component of USMLE that satisfies ECFMG requirements for ECFMG Certification.

Application Materials and USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK Eligibility Periods

For USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, applicants can use the 2022 materials to apply for all available eligibility periods ending in 2021 and all eligibility periods ending in 2022, beginning with the November 2021-January 2022 eligibility period.

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

(published July 28; updated August 11)

Updates to ECFMG|FAIMER Privacy Notice

ECFMG|FAIMER has updated its Privacy Notice, effective August 9, 2021. We made these changes consistent with our continual efforts to provide you with transparency about how we collect, use, and share your Data and to ensure that our Notice accurately describes our current business practices. The changes also are intended to help ensure that our Notice is consistent with evolving best practices and privacy laws.

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

Your continued use of ECFMG|FAIMER programs and services, including websites and mobile apps, on or after the effective date 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 identifying information.

ECFMG’s IWA Unavailable August 10-11

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 August 10, 2021.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to perform any IWA transactions, including working on or submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification or 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.