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Fee Increases for 2018

Effective January 1, 2018, fees for the following ECFMG applications/service requests will increase:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) will be $910 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will be $1,565 for each exam registration.
  • The fee for rescheduling a Step 2 CS testing appointment will be 0-$1,285 (depending on date of cancellation).
  • The fee for a Certification Verification Service (CVS) request will be $45.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications/requests submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2018 (Eastern Time in the United States).

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2018 Information Booklet and the Fees page of the ECFMG website.

ECFMG Closing for New Year’s Holiday

ECFMG will close for the New Year’s holiday at 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) in the United States, on Friday, December 29. We will be unavailable for calls and e-mails until we reopen at 9:00 a.m., ET, on Tuesday, January 2.

ECFMG staff wish you a happy, healthy 2018, and we look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Free Practice Sessions Available for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3—Offer Has Ended

As of January 18, 2018, the promotion has ended because USMLE hit the maximum number of available sessions.

The USMLE program is offering free practice sessions for a limited time. Practice sessions, normally administered for a fee at Prometric Test Centers, will be available to a limited number of individuals at no cost on or before January 31, 2018. These free sessions are being made available at both domestic and international Prometric Test Centers. This is a great opportunity to experience the process and pacing of exam day while continuing to learn the important information that is available to you.

Interested examinees should read the full announcement on the USMLE website for information on eligibility requirements and how to register for a practice session.

Updated January 23, 2018

Updated Information on September 2017 Presidential Proclamation for USMLE Step 2 CS Examinees

Updated information on enforcement of President Trump’s September 2017 Presidential Proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats,” including enforcement of visa restrictions, 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.

Change in Minimum Passing Score for Step 1

The recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 1 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2018.

As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information and as explained in a previous posting to the USMLE website, the minimum passing score for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time.

For further information regarding the decision, refer to the full announcement on the USMLE website.

Updated Practice and Informational Materials for the Step 3 Examination Are Available

Updated practice and informational materials for the Step 3 examination have been posted to the USMLE website. The Step 3 content outline and test specifications have not changed; however, sample practice items have been refreshed with new materials, and the number of practice items has been increased slightly.

Examinees planning to take a Step 3 examination should read the following materials and practice with the updated sample items:

Examinees should monitor the USMLE website for the latest information.

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.

Read the full press release.

ECFMG On-line Services Unavailable November 18

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 November 18, 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.