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Overview: Application for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS for Medical School Students

  Welcome to ECFMG's Interactive Web Application (IWA) for students of medical schools located outside the United States and Canada.

You may use IWA to apply on-line for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS, to request an extension of your USMLE Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility period, and to access your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, if lost or forgotten. IWA is secure, easy to use, and available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

You may use IWA to apply on-line regardless of whether you are applying to ECFMG for the first time or have applied previously. ECFMG processes on-line applications typically within 3 weeks of receipt of both the on-line part and the Certification Statement.

 
  TO COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION / REQUEST, YOU WILL NEED:
  • ACCESS TO A PERSONAL COMPUTER WITH A PRINTER:
    The computer must have one of the following web browsers installed: Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.0 (or higher) or Netscape® Navigator 4.7 (or higher, except Netscape® 6.0). 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.) You will also need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader® software to view and print forms that may be required during the application process. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader, you can download a free copy by clicking here.

  • AN E-MAIL ADDRESS.

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

  • A VALID CREDIT CARD: We accept Visa, MasterCard or Discover.

    OR

    A CHECKING ACCOUNT AT A UNITED STATES BANK: To pay by electronic check you must have either a valid U.S. Driver's License or a U.S. Social Security Number.

    OR

    If you have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number already, you can also pay in advance by sending a payment to ECFMG using Form 900. Once you have verified that the payment has been received and credited to your ECFMG financial account, you can begin the IWA application process. You can verify the status of your ECFMG financial account on-line using ECFMG's On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS).
 
  Before you can begin the on-line application process, you must have your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and on-line services password:

  1. If you have never submitted an application to ECFMG, you will need to complete the ECFMG On-line Authentication Process to obtain a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number. Click here to go to ECFMG's On-Line Authentication Process. You must wait for the identification number and a temporary password to be e-mailed to you before you can proceed with an IWA application.

  2. If you have previously submitted an application to ECFMG, you will also need your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and password. If you have used ECFMG's On-Line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS), you already have a password. If you have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number but do not have a password, you must complete ECFMG's On-Line Authentication Process and wait for a password to be e-mailed to you before you can proceed with an IWA application. Click here to go to ECFMG's On-Line Authentication Process. By accessing IWA through the Authentication Process, you will have the advantage of seeing some of the application items pre-filled based on our records. This will reduce the overall time it takes for you to fill out the on-line application. ECFMG processes on-line applications typically within 3 weeks of receipt of both the on-line part and the Certification Statement.

  3. If you forgot your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, you must complete the ECFMG On-line Authentication Process to obtain your number. Click here to go to ECFMG's On-Line Authentication Process. ECFMG will perform a thorough search using the information you provide and if a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number exists for you, your ID number will be sent to your e-mail address of record. If no e-mail address is available, your USMLE/ECFMG ID number will be mailed to the current mailing address of record.

If the system is unable to identify you, your information will be submitted to ECFMG for processing. Once this process is complete, your USMLE ID number and a temporary password will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. If you have any questions, please contact ECFMG Applicant Information Services at (215)-386-5900 for assistance.

Before you begin an IWA application, you must also read the appropriate edition of the ECFMG Information Booklet and the USMLE Bulletin of Information. You should gather the medical education information needed to complete the application. This information includes the names and addresses of medical schools you are attending or have attended, attendance dates, clinical clerkships completed, and any academic credits that you may have transferred to the medical school that will confer your medical degree.

If you are completing an on-line application for the first time, you should allow approximately one hour to complete all items. You should be able to complete subsequent applications in a shorter time since you will not need to re-enter all of the information.

You should also review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before you begin an IWA application. If you have questions that are not answered in the ECFMG Information Booklet, USMLE Bulletin of Information, Overview, Instructions, or FAQs, you may contact ECFMG Applicant Information Services between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday, at (215) 386-5900.

 
  There are two parts to the ECFMG IWA process.
  1. The On-line Part of the application: the part you submit to ECFMG electronically, and
  2. The Certification Statement (Form 183): the part you mail to ECFMG.

  ECFMG must receive both the On-line Part and the Certification Statement (Form 183) in order to process your application. Your application will not be considered complete and received at ECFMG until both the on-line part and the Certification Statement (Form 183) have arrived at ECFMG. ECFMG processes on-line applications typically within 3 weeks of receipt of both the on-line part and the Certification Statement.

1. On-line Part

You must begin with the on-line part, which includes most application items. Instructions for the application items are available throughout the process. You can also print the application instructions for all items at any time.

When you begin an on-line application, your application will be assigned an Application Identification Code. (The Application Identification Code is different from, and should not be confused with, your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number.) You should write down the Application Identification Code and keep it in a safe place.

As you move from screen to screen, the information you provide will be saved. If you are unable to answer all application items in one session or you are disconnected from the application, you can return to it later by clicking the link to your saved application on the main IWA screen. Although you do not have to answer all items in one session, you must complete all on-line application items within 14 days of the date you last saved the application. Otherwise, the application will no longer be valid, and you must start another application.

After completing the application items for one exam, you will have the opportunity to apply for other exams for which you may be eligible on the same application.

When you have completed the on-line part of the application, you will have the opportunity to review all information for accuracy and make any necessary corrections or changes before submitting it. As the last step in the on-line part of the application, you will print your Certification Statement (Form 183).

2. Certification Statement (Form 183)

The Certification Statement (Form 183), which you will print at the end of the on-line part of the application, must be completed by you and certfied by the Dean, Vice-Dean or Registrar of your medical school. The completed Certification Statement (Form 183), with any other required documentation, must be mailed to ECFMG as soon as possible. The Certification Statement (Form 183) must be received at ECFMG within four months of the date that you submit the on-line part of the application, or your application will no longer be valid. In this case, you must submit a new application completed in its entirety.

ECFMG must receive both the on-line part and the Certification Statement (Form 183) in order to process your application. Your application will not be considered complete and received at ECFMG until both the on-line part and the Certification Statement (Form 183) have arrived at ECFMG. ECFMG processes on-line applications typically within 3 weeks of receipt of both the on-line part and the Certification Statement.