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Overview: Application for ECFMG® Certification
     
 

International medical students/graduates who wish to pursue ECFMG Certification must submit an Application for ECFMG Certification. The Application for ECFMG Certification consists of an on-line application and a Certification of Identification Form (Form 186), both available through ECFMG's Interactive Web Applications (IWA).

The Application for ECFMG Certification requires applicants to confirm their identity, contact information, and graduation from or enrollment in a medical school that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) as meeting eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and examination. Applicants must also confirm their understanding of the purpose of ECFMG Certification and release certain legal claims. Once an Application for ECFMG Certification has been submitted to ECFMG via IWA, a Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) will be created that must be downloaded and completed. Instructions on how to complete the Certification of Identification Form using NotaryCam are included with the form.

An Application for ECFMG Certification will not be considered complete until ECFMG receives and processes both the on-line part via IWA and the notarized Certification of Identification Form via NotaryCam.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have met the examination requirements for ECFMG Certification and are applying to ECFMG for examination, for example, to retake an exam for the purpose of meeting a time limit imposed by a state medical licensing authority, you are not required to complete the Application for ECFMG Certification.

TO COMPLETE THE ON-LINE PART OF AN APPLICATION FOR ECFMG CERTIFICATION, YOU WILL NEED:

  • A COMPUTER with one of the two most recent versions of the following web browsers installed: Microsoft® Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox™, or Google Chrome. Both Cookies and JavaScripting must be enabled for the browser that you use. (Cookies and JavaScripting are enabled by default. However, if you need to change these settings, refer to the Help feature of your browser.)

  • AN E-MAIL ADDRESS.

  • A USMLE/ECFMG IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AND AN ON-LINE SERVICES PASSWORD (see below for more details).

  • AN ACCEPTABLE PAYMENT METHOD: (See Methods of Payment on the ECFMG website).

Before you can begin the Application for ECFMG Certification, you must have your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and on-line services password:

  • If you forgot your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, click here.

  • If you have never been issued a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and want to request one, click here.

  • If you have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, but you are a first-time user of ECFMG On-line Services, click here to establish an account.

Before you begin the Application for ECFMG Certification, you should also review the Application for ECFMG Certification Instructions and the IWA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Instructions for the Application for ECFMG Certification items are available throughout the process. You can also print the instructions for all items at any time. If you have any questions that are not answered in the Application for ECFMG Certification Overview, Instructions, or FAQs, you may contact ECFMG Applicant Information Services between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday, at (215) 386-5900.

You should allow approximately 15 minutes to answer all items in the on-line part of the Application for ECFMG Certification. You must answer all items and submit the on-line part of the Application for ECFMG Certification in one session; you cannot save your answers and return to the on-line part of the application later.

When you have answered all items in the Application for ECFMG Certification, you will have the opportunity to review all information for accuracy and make any necessary corrections or changes before submitting it. You will also be able to download a copy of the Application for ECFMG Certification for your records. You will also be able to use OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app to access a copy of the information you submitted in the on-line part of the Application for ECFMG Certification.

Once you submit the on-line part of the Application for ECFMG Certification via IWA, a Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) will be provided that must be downloaded and completed via NotaryCam. Instructions on how to complete the Certification of Identification Form are included with the form. A notification will be sent to the e-mail address in your ECFMG record confirming receipt of the on-line part of your Application for ECFMG Certification.