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For International Medical Graduates
For Residency Programs/Licensing Authorities
EPICElectronic Portfolio of International Credentials
To apply for examination or request to extend a USMLE Step 1 / Step 2 CK eligibility period, go to ECFMGsInteractive Web Applications (IWA). Paper forms that are available for other services can be downloaded from this page.
USMLE Step 1/Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (Step 2 CK) and Step 2 Clinical Skills (Step 2 CS)
Certification of Identification Form (Form 186)
Step 1/Step 2 CK Pre-Exam Checklist (Form 292-S)
Step 1/Step 2 CK Testing Region (Form 312)
In order to obtain a Certification Statement (Form 183) or Certification of Identification Form (Form 186), you must first complete the on-line part of an exam application using ECFMGs Interactive Web Applications (IWA).
The Certification Statement (Form 183) is the paper certification required by ECFMG for applicants who are students enrolled in medical schools that do not participate in the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) Status Verification program. The Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) is the paper certification required by ECFMG for applicants who are medical school graduates or are students enrolled in medical schools that participate in EMSWP Status Verification.
After you have completed the on-line part of your exam application, IWA will automatically generate the appropriate form (Certification Statement or Certification of Identification Form). You will then be able to print the form through IWA.
If you have already completed the on-line part of an IWA exam application and need to reprint your Certification Statement or Certification of Identification Form, access IWA.
Access theUSMLE websitefor practice materials for all Steps and Step Components. Please note these materials are updated periodically.
Please note that the Medical School Release Request (Form 345) has been eliminated. Applicants no longer need to complete this form as part of the credentials verification process for ECFMG Certification.
USMLE Transcript Request Forms(provides a complete score history of USMLE exams taken)
ECFMG Examination History Chart(provides a complete score history of non-USMLE exams
USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK/Step 2 CS Score Recheck Request Form (Form 265)
ECFMG CSA History Chart (Form 297) for requests from
ECFMG CSA History Chart (Form 298) for requests from
Request to Change Applicant Biographic Information (Form 182)
Certification Verification Service (CVS)
Forms for Residency Program Directors
Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP)
Application information for J-1 Sponsorship
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
Access information on how torequest an ERAS Token.
New to ECFMG Certification? Clickherefor more information.
Then you probably have a lot of questions. Here are a few answers to get you started.
ECFMG Certification is the standard for evaluating the qualifications of IMGs entering the U.S. health care system. It is a requirement for IMGs to:
enter residency or fellowship programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME),
take Step 3 of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), and
obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.
ECFMG defines an international medical graduate (IMG) as a physician who received his/her basic medical degree or qualification from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada. The location of your medical school, not your citizenship, is what determines whether you are an IMG. This means that U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools outside the United States and Canada are considered IMGs. Non-U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools in the United States and Canada are not considered IMGs.
The requirements for ECFMG Certification include:
completion of the Application for ECFMG Certification;
passing performance on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, and Step 2 Clinical Skills; and
primary-source verification of your medical education credentials.
How do I begin the certification process?
The certification process begins when you request a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, which you can do through ECFMGs Interactive Web Applications (IWA) by clicking on the link to establish an account.
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