ECFMG 2020 Information Booklet

Related ECFMG Services

Confirming ECFMG Certification to Third Parties

ECFMG’s Certification Verification Service (CVS) provides primary-source confirmation of the ECFMG certification status of international medical graduates. The Joint Commission, the organization that evaluates and accredits U.S. health care organizations and programs, has determined that direct verification with ECFMG of a physician’s certification status satisfies The Joint Commission’s requirement for primary-source verification of medical school completion for graduates of international medical schools.

ECFMG will confirm your certification status when a request is received from a U.S. medical licensing authority, residency program, hospital, or other organization that, in the judgment of ECFMG, has a legitimate interest in such information. For status reports sent to medical licensing authorities, the request can also be made by you. Requesting organizations must normally secure and retain your signed authorization to obtain certification information. Please note that there may be a fee for this service.

Requests for confirmation must contain your name, date of birth, USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, and name and address of the organization to which the confirmation should be sent. To obtain the appropriate request form or to make an on-line request, visit the CVS section of the ECFMG website at Confirmations are sent to the requesting organization within approximately two weeks. Confirmations are not sent to applicants directly.

If the requesting organization requests to receive a paper report but does not receive the report, ECFMG will honor requests for duplicate reports at no additional cost up to 90 days after the date that the original report was processed.

If you apply to residency programs through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), ECFMG will transmit an electronic ECFMG Status Report automatically to the ERAS application, where it can be accessed by all of the programs to which you apply. If your ECFMG certification status changes during the ERAS application season, ECFMG will transmit an updated status report automatically to the ERAS application, where it can be accessed by all of the programs to which you apply.