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Step 3 – Delay in Score Reporting

If you need to receive Step 3 scores before March 28, 2018 it is recommended that you take the exam no later than December 31, 2017.

Most Step 3 scores are reported within 4 weeks of testing. However, because of necessary modifications to the test item pool, there will be a delay in reporting for some examinees who test beginning the week of January 15, 2018. The target date for reporting Step 3 scores for most examinees testing the week of January 15 through late February will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Relocation of Caribbean Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma

ECFMG is monitoring the impact of Hurricane Irma and its widespread and significant destruction throughout the Caribbean. Many international medical students, including U.S. citizens, study at medical schools located in the Caribbean, and some of these facilities are now no longer able to operate safely as a result of Hurricane Irma. Some impacted medical schools have temporarily relocated their educational activity to the United States to minimize disruption of their students’ medical education until they are safely able to return to their educational facilities in the Caribbean. ECFMG supports efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of international medical students impacted by these and other catastrophic events.

ECFMG defines an international medical school as a medical school or program chartered and operated under the authority of a country outside the United States and Canada whose graduates are eligible to practice medicine in that country upon graduation. Medical schools or programs operating in the United States, its territories or protectorates, and Canada, or that are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), are not considered international medical schools for the purposes of ECFMG Certification. However, ECFMG recognizes the gravity of the impact that Hurricane Irma has had on some medical schools and their students in the Caribbean. ECFMG supports the effort of the officials of impacted medical schools to ensure the safety of medical students and staff by temporarily relocating educational facilities. If educational activities are temporarily relocated as a result of Hurricane Irma or any other catastrophic event, the temporary relocation should be approved by the applicable governmental authorities of the home country and by the accrediting authority, if any. Any school temporarily relocated to the United States that extends beyond the temporary period will not be considered to be an international medical school, and its students may no longer be eligible for ECFMG Certification, including registration for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) as a step toward ECFMG Certification.

Schools that have relocated or plan to relocate their operations to the United States or elsewhere as a result of Hurricane Irma should provide ECFMG with: a) a formal notice to ECFMG that includes the address of where the school is temporarily located and the expected date of when the school will return to its home country, b) copies of approvals from the home country governmental authorities, and c) copies of approvals from the accrediting agency, if any. This information should be e-mailed to Medical Education Resources at medschoolreview@ecfmg.org, along with any questions or comments.

Finally, ECFMG expresses its sympathy and concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma and hopes that medical schools are able to return to normal operations as quickly as possible.

Important Information for Students Considering Transferring from Medical Schools Impacted by Hurricane Irma

ECFMG would like to express our continued concern for everyone impacted by Hurricane Irma and its aftermath and voice our support for those involved in ongoing relief efforts.

We understand that some medical students enrolled in Caribbean medical schools experiencing a disruption of services as a result of Hurricane Irma are considering transferring to other medical schools. Before considering a transfer to another medical school, students interested in pursuing ECFMG Certification are strongly advised to ensure they would still meet ECFMG’s requirements for certification, including the medical school requirements, transfer credit requirements, and medical education credentials requirements. If you are a medical student impacted by Hurricane Irma and have any questions, ECFMG staff is ready to assist you. We encourage you to contact ECFMG’s Applicant Information Services by phone at +1 (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.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable September 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)