ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet

ECFMG Certification

Standard ECFMG Certificate

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires international medical graduates who enter ACGME-accredited programs of graduate medical education in the United States to be certified by ECFMG.

ECFMG issues the Standard ECFMG Certificate to applicants who meet all of the requirements for certification. International medical graduates must also pay any outstanding charges on their ECFMG financial accounts before their certificates are issued. Standard ECFMG Certificates are issued to applicants approximately two weeks after all of these requirements have been met. The date that the Standard ECFMG Certificate is issued is the date an international medical graduate is considered certified by ECFMG. Currently, ECFMG sends the Standard ECFMG Certificate to the applicant’s address of record by Federal Express. For tips, see the quick guide on how to ensure you receive your ECFMG Certificate as soon as possible.

The Standard ECFMG Certificate includes:

  • The name of the applicant;
  • The certificate number;
  • The dates that the examination requirements were met; and
  • The date that the certificate was issued.

Confirming ECFMG Certification to Third Parties

ECFMG offers the Certification Verification Service (CVS) to provide primary-source confirmation of the ECFMG certification status of international medical graduates. ECFMG will confirm your certification status when a request is received from a U.S. medical licensing authority, residency program director, 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. For more information, see Confirming ECFMG Certification to Third Parties in Related ECFMG Services.