Through its program of certification
, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
(ECFMG) assesses the readiness of international medical graduate
to enter residency
or fellowship programs in the United States
that are accredited
by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
ECFMG acts as the registration and score-reporting agency for the USMLE
for foreign medical students/ graduates, or in short, it acts as the designated Dean's office for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in contrast to the American Medical Graduates (AMGs).
It conducts three examinations: Step 1
, Step 2CK
, Step 2CS
. The ECFMG certificate is issued to a physician if he or she passes the above the three exams within a time period of seven years.
Medical schools in Canada
that award the M.D.
are not assessed by ECFMG, because the Liaison Committee on Medical Education
historically accredited M.D.-granting institutions in both the U.S. and Canada (today, Canada has its own accrediting body that generally follows U.S. standards). M.D. graduates of American and Canadian institutions are not considered IMGs in either country.
The main pathway for international medical graduates
who wish to be licensed as a physician in the United States
is to complete a U.S. residency
hospital program. The general method to apply for residency programs is through the National Resident Matching Program
(abbreviated NRMP, but also called "the Match"). To participate... Read More