ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet

Medical Education Credentials

Credentials for ECFMG Certification

The credentials required for ECFMG Certification are:

All documents that are not in English must be accompanied by an official English translation that meets ECFMG’s translation requirements. See Final Medical Diploma and Transcript, Transcript(s) to Document Transferred Credits, and English Translations for complete information on required items.

Important Note: You must include your full name and USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number on the front of all credentials before sending them to ECFMG.

If you are a medical school graduate when you submit your first exam application, your diploma and transcript(s) to document transferred credits (if applicable) must be submitted with this initial exam application. If you have graduated and met all requirements for your medical diploma but your medical diploma has not yet been issued, a letter completed and signed by an authorized official of your medical school must be submitted with your exam application. Each medical school has been requested to provide ECFMG with a list of authorized officials. The letter you submit must be completed and signed by an official on this list. The official must provide his/her name, official title, and the institution name. The official must affix the institution's seal to the letter. The letter also must include the following statement:

This is to confirm that [applicant name] has graduated and completed all requirements to receive the [degree title] degree from [medical school/university name]. The degree will be issued [month and year].

You must then submit a copy of your diploma to ECFMG as soon as the diploma is issued.

If you graduated from medical school and do not submit a copy of your medical diploma or a letter from your medical school, as described above, and these documents have not been received previously by ECFMG, your exam application will be rejected.

If you are a medical school student when you submit your first exam application, submit copies of your medical education credentials as soon as you graduate and receive them.

You may not submit the credentials required for ECFMG Certification to ECFMG until you apply for an exam. If you send credentials to ECFMG before you apply for an exam, they will not be processed. To submit your credentials at the time of application, follow the instructions for additional documents in the exam application in ECFMG's IWA.

After you have applied for an exam, if you need to send credentials to ECFMG separately from an exam application, you must submit the credentials to ECFMG via the MyECFMG mobile app or via mail at the address below.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Attn: Certification Credentials Services
3624 Market St., 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2685

If your credentials are complete, you are generally not required to resend these documents when you apply for subsequent exams.

ECFMG will not accept letters or other deliveries that arrive with postage or other fees due.

When your credentials have been processed, ECFMG will notify you. You can also check the status of your credentials by accessing OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app. If you have questions or concerns about your credentials, you can contact ECFMG using the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact ECFMG page of the ECFMG website.

Documents submitted to ECFMG as part of the exam application and certification processes, including translations, will not be returned.