ECFMG’s IWA Unavailable October 16

Due to scheduled maintenance, ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be unavailable beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Services are expected to be restored by 8:00 p.m. on the same day. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

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

Computer-Assisted Scoring Coming to Step 2 CS

The United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program is committed to applying the best available technology and the most current assessment practices to ensure accuracy and validity for all its examination programs. Beginning October 2019, computer-assisted scoring technology will be used to score patient notes created by examinees for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination.

The use of computer-assisted scoring will not change the cost of the exam, nor the timing with which examinees receive their scores. The computer-assisted scoring program is based on the scoring rubrics developed by experienced physician note raters. For cases in which computer-assisted scoring is used, notes with machine scores below the 50th percentile in performance will also be scored by physician patient note raters. The machine scores and physician scores will then be averaged to produce the examinee’s score on the patient note portion of the Step 2 CS exam.

Much consideration has gone into the implementation of computer-assisted scoring. Most importantly, the crucial role of clinical judgment in the evaluation of Step 2 CS performances will be preserved. Second, the examinee experience will not be adversely affected. The expert judgment of physicians will be used on an ongoing basis for the development of patient note scoring guidelines and in the training of the computer-based scoring system.

Click here for FAQs related to computer-assisted scoring. To read more about NBME’s work with natural language processing, see a recent article in Academic Medicine here.

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable September 24

Due to required updates, ECFMG’s on-line services are expected to be unavailable for a brief period beginning at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Services are expected to be restored by 7:00 p.m. on the same day. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this update 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
  • 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 (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 update period.

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

Certain ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable September 20-21

Due to scheduled maintenance, certain ECFMG on-line services are expected to be unavailable beginning at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2019. These services are expected to be restored by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019. 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

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

Update on Severe Weather and Step 2 CS Examinations at CSEC Test Center in Houston, Texas

As of 7:15 p.m., Central Time in the United States, the Houston, Texas, CSEC test center is operating normally. We expect USMLE Step 2 CS exams to be administered as scheduled on September 19, 2019. Please continue to check this webpage in case there are additional updates.

Thank you for your patience during this severe weather event.

Today’s Step 2 CS Exam Canceled in Houston, Texas, Due to Severe Weather

Due to severe weather that has caused a power outage at the Houston, Texas, test center, the USMLE Step 2 CS exam cannot be administered today, Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which administers the Step 2 CS exam, is in the process of contacting affected examinees and is monitoring power company information for ongoing updates. If you were scheduled to take Step 2 CS at the Houston test center today, September 18, 2019, a member of CSEC’s staff will contact you about rescheduling your exam.

At this time, administration of Step 2 CS is anticipated to resume in Houston on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Please check this webpage frequently for updates about tomorrow’s exam. We will post information as soon as it is available.

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

ECFMG’s 2020 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and Application Materials Now Available

ECFMG’s 2020 Information Booklet on ECFMG Certification and the 2020 exam application materials 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.

For the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2020 materials to apply for:

  • available USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2019 (September 2019-November 2019 and October 2019-December 2019) and
  • all USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2020, beginning with the November 2019-January 2020 eligibility period.

For USMLE Step 2 CS, you can use the 2020 materials to obtain a 12-month eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your application is completed. You will be notified once ECFMG has processed your application.

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

(posted August 8, updated August 28)

ECFMG’s IWA Unavailable August 26-27

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 26, 2019.

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.

Incomplete USMLE Exam Applications in IWA Will Be Deleted on August 26

As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2020 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) 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 Monday, August 26, 2019. If you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application when IWA becomes unavailable on August 26, 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.