What is ECFMG?

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The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a private, non-profit organization. Through its program of certification, the ECFMG assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Credential Verification

In addition to passing the required exams, applicants for ECFMG Certification must meet certain medical education credential requirements. All IMGs must have had at least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given toward completion of the medical curriculum) in attendance at a medical school that is listed in the International Medical Education Directory (IMED). There are restrictions on credits transferred to the medical school that awards an applicant’s medical degree that can be used to meet this requirement. The physician’s graduation year must be included in the medical school’s IMED listing.

You must document the completion of all requirements for, and receipt of, the final medical diploma. The exact name of the final medical diploma you must provide is listed in the Reference Guide for Medical Education Credentials. ECFMG will verify your medical school diploma with the appropriate officials of the medical school that issued the diploma and request that the medical school provide your final medical school transcript. Verification by ECFMG with the issuing school may also be required for transcripts that you submit to document transferred academic credits.

Additional Information

Updated October 2010