ECFMG Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Visa Restrictions in Presidential Proclamation

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision to uphold the visa restrictions in the Presidential Proclamation issued in September of last year. While the Court’s decision does not change the visa restrictions currently in force, it does represent the latest in a series of immigration developments that are shaping the environment in the United States, the environment that many from around the world, including talented health care professionals, aspire to join.

The Court’s decision comes just days before the traditional start of the academic year for U.S. programs of graduate medical education—those medical specialty and subspecialty training programs that transform medical school graduates into practicing physicians. Each year, thousands of foreign national physicians are selected for such training programs, and their qualifications are vetted thoroughly by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. These physicians provide much-needed health care services, enrich the clinical learning environment with their international perspectives, and add diversity to the U.S. physician workforce.

In the United States, where one-quarter of our physicians have received their medical degree outside the United States and Canada, the ability to provide accessible, high-quality health care depends on our ability to continue to attract highly qualified physicians from around the world. Anything that disrupts the flow of these talented and qualified professionals into the United States will have a negative and potentially long-term impact on patient care.

We urge immigration policymakers to consider the many contributions that foreign national physicians make to our health care system and our economy, and to ensure that United States remains an attractive option for the best and brightest minds from around the world.

ECFMG and FAIMER Host Inaugural Stakeholder Engagement Forum

Meeting Series Enhances Partnerships and Perspectives

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) have launched a new meeting series designed to strengthen partnerships and enhance the perspectives available to governance and staff. The inaugural Stakeholder Engagement Forum took place on Friday, April 6, in conjunction with the meeting of the Boards of ECFMG and FAIMER in Philadelphia. The ECFMG-FAIMER forums invite leaders in the fields of medical education, assessment, and regulation to share insights on issues of mutual interest as well as updates on their organizations’ activities.

Inaugural ECFMG-FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum Guests
Inaugural ECFMG-FAIMER Stakeholder Engagement Forum Guests, from left: Richard Hawkins, MD, ABMS; Alison Whelan, MD, AAMC; Mellie Pouwels, MA, AMA; Scott Steingard, DO, FSMB

The first session in this series featured leaders from long-standing associates, including the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), American Medical Association (AMA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). For future sessions, ECFMG and FAIMER will extend invitations to new and potential partners. The Stakeholder Engagement Forums will be held twice annually in Philadelphia.

“It is vital that we stay connected with other organizations committed to quality medical education and health care,” said ECFMG President and FAIMER Board Chair William W. Pinsky, MD. “The forums create regular touchpoints to share ideas, challenges, and solutions.”

About ECFMG and FAIMER

ECFMG and FAIMER are private, nonprofit 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 and FAIMER Named 2018 Top Workplaces in the Delaware Valley

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER®) have been recognized as Top Workplaces by the Philadelphia Media Network. ECFMG and FAIMER were among 125 companies to be honored at an awards ceremony last week. ECFMG and its foundation ranked 27th among 40 companies in the mid-sized category.

2018 Top Workplaces in the Delaware Valley
ECFMG and FAIMER leadership and staff attended the Top Workplaces award ceremony on March 14.

top workplacesWinners are based solely on employee feedback, gathered through third-party research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics). The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, to name just a few.

“I am thrilled that we are succeeding in creating a positive and engaging work experience for employees,” said ECFMG President and CEO, William W. Pinsky, MD (pictured, back row, second from left). “By investing in our employees, we are investing in our mission to promote quality health care around the world.”

About ECFMG and FAIMER

ECFMG and FAIMER are private, nonprofit organizations based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a combined total of nearly 1,000 employees. In partnership with each other and with other organizations around the world, ECFMG and FAIMER work to promote quality health care worldwide. More information is available at www.ecfmg.org and www.faimer.org.

Established in 1956, ECFMG offers a variety of programs for the world’s physicians; medical educators; medical regulatory authorities; and other organizations that train, assess, and license physicians. Through its program of certification, ECFMG evaluates whether international medical graduates (IMGs) are qualified to enter U.S. programs of graduate medical education; one-quarter of physicians in training and practice in the United States are IMGs. ECFMG also is a world leader in the primary-source verification of medical credentials, a service that it offers at no cost to organizations worldwide.

Established by ECFMG in 2000, FAIMER offers educational programs for mid- to senior-level health professions educators around the world; conducts research on international medical education programs, IMGs, and the migration of physicians; and builds high-quality data resources that facilitate evaluation and research. In partnership with the World Federation for Medical Education, FAIMER has developed the World Directory of Medical Schools, a comprehensive resource on more than 3,000 medical schools worldwide.

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.

Read the full press release.