ECFMG Joins National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

ECFMG is pleased to be a part of the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a new initiative of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) that includes more than 130 health care organizations around the globe. By joining the collaborative, ECFMG and the other member organizations are making a formal commitment to take actions that improve clinician well-being and reduce clinician burnout.

Every year, ECFMG sponsors more than 10,000 foreign national physicians in J-1 visa status to participate in U.S. clinical training programs. These residents and fellows face a number of challenges, including the stresses of living and working in a foreign country, in addition to the significant demands of their training programs. ECFMG and its Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) are refining a number of initiatives to support these physicians and meet their unique needs.

To learn more, read ECFMG’s Commitment to Physician Well-Being and Resilience statement on the NAM website.

Medical Council of New Zealand and ECFMG Announce Partnership

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it is collaborating with the Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) into the Council’s process for assessing international medical graduates (IMGs). Effective November 1, 2017, first-time applicants for medical registration, and (in some cases) doctors already registered with the Council but applying for a new scope of practice, are required to have their medical qualifications primary-source verified through EPIC if their application relies on a primary medical qualification from either an institution outside New Zealand or a postgraduate qualification conferred by an institution other than a New Zealand or Australasian training provider.

The Medical Council of New Zealand is charged with protecting the health and safety of New Zealand’s public. Registration with the Council is a requirement for all doctors who practice medicine in New Zealand. ECFMG is proud to partner with the Council to add primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Council’s tools for evaluating doctors’ qualifications.

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ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) Welcomes Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital

ECFMG is pleased to announce its partnership with Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, InterHealth Canada (TCI Hospital) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into TCI Hospital’s process for assessing the medical credentials of physicians seeking employment at the health care facility.

TCI Hospital is a Diamond-accredited public hospital managed by InterHealth Canada TCI Ltd on behalf of the Turks and Caicos Islands Government through a Public-Private Partnership agreement. The Hospital deemed its partnership with ECFMG to be necessary for the continued improvement of the health care facility’s recruitment process. ECFMG is proud to partner with TCI Hospital to enhance its recruitment process by adding primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Hospital’s tools for evaluating the qualifications of its physician applicants.

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ECFMG Receives Top Awards for “Healthiest Workplace” and “Most Family-friendly Workplace” as Part of Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare

ECFMG is honored to have been selected as one of Modern Healthcare’s 2017 Best Places to Work in Healthcare. At a September 28 awards dinner held during its annual Workplace of the Future conference in Las Vegas, Modern Healthcare announced that ECFMG ranked first among healthcare suppliers in the special categories of “Healthiest Workplace” and “Most Family-friendly Workplace.”

In addition to considering the various benefits and training and development opportunities made available to employees, judges determined the winning workplaces based on employee survey responses.

“I’m pleased that Modern Healthcare has recognized ECFMG as one of the top healthcare workplaces, and even more pleased to know that ECFMG employees agree,” said ECFMG President and CEO, William W. Pinsky, MD.

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Health Professions Councils of Namibia and ECFMG Announce Partnership

ECFMG is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical credentials of Namibia’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of Namibia. HPCNA now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have required medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides HPCNA with ECFMG’s rigorous, internationally recognized primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

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Norway’s Directorate of Health Joins ECFMG’s EPIC

ECFMG is pleased to announce its partnership with the Norwegian Directorate of Health to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into the process for assessing the medical education credentials of Norway’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who completed their medical education outside of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA). The Directorate now requires all IMGs applying for registration to have their medical education credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. EPIC provides the Directorate with ECFMG’s rigorous, primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

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Health Professions Council of South Africa Joins ECFMG’s EPIC

ECFMG is pleased to announce its partnership with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to incorporate ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into HPCSA’s process for assessing the medical credentials of South Africa’s international medical graduates (IMGs), those physicians who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of South Africa. HPCSA now requires IMGs applying for registration to have their medical credentials verified through EPIC. EPIC provides HPCSA with ECFMG’s rigorous, primary-source verification while offering additional benefits such as a secure, web-based platform for authenticating physician credentials, and paperless processing and recordkeeping. For IMGs, EPIC offers a service that they can use throughout their careers to build a digital portfolio of verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure.

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Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria Joins ECFMG’s EPIC

ECFMG is pleased to announce that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has incorporated ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) into its process for assessing the medical credentials of internationally educated physicians who apply for registration to practice medicine in Nigeria, or who plan to take the Council’s Assessment Examination. The Council now requires these applicants to have their medical credentials primary-source verified through EPIC before submitting their applications. ECFMG is proud to partner with the Council to add primary-source verification—a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—to the Council’s tools for evaluating the qualifications of its physician applicants.

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William W. Pinsky, MD, Selected as Next ECFMG President & CEO

William W. Pinsky, MD
William W. Pinsky, MD

ECFMG is pleased to announce that it has selected William W. Pinsky, MD, as its next President & Chief Executive Officer. In this role, Dr. Pinsky also will serve as Board Chair of ECFMG’s Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®). A distinguished pediatric cardiologist, educator, and medical executive, Dr. Pinsky will join ECFMG on July 1, 2016.

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ECFMG President Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, MD, Honored with 2016 George Tarjan Award

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, MD, has been selected by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation as the 2016 recipient of the George Tarjan Award. This award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of the integration of international medical graduates (IMGs) into American psychiatry. In addition to having an extensive professional background in psychiatry, Dr. Cassimatis has since 2009 been President and CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), the organization that evaluates the qualifications of IMGs who wish to enter accredited U.S. programs of graduate medical education.

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