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Information on Presidential Proclamation for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees
October 5, 2017
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a proclamation which modified key components of Executive Order 13780, including the country-specific travel restrictions. Information on the proclamation that may be relevant to United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 CS examinees is available on the Resources on Presidential Proclamation page.

Examinees are encouraged to monitor the Resources on Presidential Proclamation web page. New information, as it becomes available, will be posted there.


ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable September 16
September 13, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 12:00 a.m. through approximately 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2017. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will be unable to access the following:

  • IWA—Interactive Web Applications
  • OASIS—On-line Applicant Status and Information System
  • Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling
  • 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
    • GEMxSM for Partner Institutions
  • CVS ON-LINE—Certification Verification Service On-line
  • EVNet—Exchange Visitor Network
  • 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.


Step 2 CS Cases – Common Presenting Signs and Symptoms
September 12, 2017
Filed under: Exam Preparation, Step 2 CS

A list of common presenting signs and symptoms that Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examinees may expect to see during their examination has been posted to the USMLE website. These are examples only, and the list does not represent all possible presenting signs and symptoms that may be encountered.

The Step 2 Clinical Skills Content Description and General Information booklet has been revised to include this list.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Atlanta, Georgia, September 11-12
September 10, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe weather conditions in Atlanta, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Atlanta test center on Monday, September 11 or Tuesday, September 12. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Atlanta test center September 11-12, a member of CSEC’s support staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Atlanta on Wednesday, September 13. If the status of Wednesday’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.


Important Information for International Medical Students and Graduates (IMGs) and Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma
September 8, 2017
Filed under: General, Severe Weather, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, Step 3

ECFMG expresses its sympathy and concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma. We are closely monitoring the situation. We are aware of the potential disruptions Hurricane Irma and its aftermath may cause for IMGs, and for medical schools and school officials, in using ECFMG’s programs and services. We stand ready to assist in overcoming such disruptions.

Applicants for ECFMG’s programs and services who are affected by this event, and require assistance, are encouraged to contact Applicant Information Services by phone at (215) 386-5900 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday), or by e-mail at info@ecfmg.org.

For updates on the impact of weather on United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) administrations, please go to the Prometric website (for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3) or to the CSEC website (for Step 2 CS).

Officials from medical schools affected by Hurricane Irma are encouraged to contact emswpadmin@ecfmg.org with any questions, or to let us know how this event is impacting you and your school. If there is messaging you would like us to convey when we receive inquiries about your school, ECFMG will assist.

Additional information will be posted to the ECFMG website and shared via Facebook and Twitter as it becomes available.


ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials Now Available
September 8, 2017
Filed under: ECFMG Certification, General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

ECFMG’s 2018 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2018 exam application materials are now available on the ECFMG website.

For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2018 materials to apply for:

  • available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2017 (September 2017-November 2017 and October 2017-December 2017) and
  • all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2018, beginning with the November 2017-January 2018 eligibility period.

For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2018 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed.

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

(posted August 10, 2017, updated September 8, 2017)


Houston, Texas, Center Is Open
September 7, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC) test center in Houston, Texas, re-opened Tuesday, September 5, and administration of the USMLE Step 2 CS examination has resumed. Step 2 CS examinees who are scheduled to test in Houston should report for their test sessions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during the severe weather event that necessitated temporary closure of the test center.


REMINDER: ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) Unavailable September 6-7
August 31, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

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 6, 2017.

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; accessing a USMLE scheduling permit; or requesting an extension of a USMLE Step 1 or Step 2 CK eligibility period.

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

(published August 24, 2017; updated August 31, 2017)


REMINDER: Incomplete IWA Exam Applications Will Be Deleted on September 6
August 31, 2017
Filed under: General, Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2018 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any 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 Wednesday, September 6, 2017. If you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application when IWA becomes unavailable on September 6, 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.

(published August 24, 2017; updated August 31, 2017)


Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1
August 28, 2017
Filed under: Severe Weather, Step 2 CS

Due to severe flooding in Houston, Texas, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam will not be administered at the Houston test center Monday, August 28, through Friday, September 1. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees. If you are scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center August 28 through September 1, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is expected to resume in Houston on Tuesday, September 5. If the status of Tuesday’s exam changes, an update will be posted to this website as soon as possible.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this severe weather event.




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