ECFMG 2021 Information Booklet

Important Notices

Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match

To be certified by ECFMG, applicants have been required to pass USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS). The USMLE program has suspended the Step 2 CS examination until at least June 2021. In response to the suspension of Step 2 CS by the USMLE program, ECFMG has identified pathways that will allow qualified applicants who have not passed Step 2 CS to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification. These pathways are directed toward individuals who intend to enter the 2021 Match. Applicants who apply to a pathway will be required to attain a satisfactory score on an English language proficiency assessment. Pathway applicants also must meet all other requirements for ECFMG Certification. For detailed information, visit the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match section of the ECFMG website.

Important Note: Applicants who have a passing performance on USMLE Step 2 CS that is valid for ECFMG Certification and/or are certified by ECFMG are ineligible for the pathways. These individuals do not need to pursue the pathways to meet the requirements for ECFMG Certification or to participate in the 2021 Match.

Special Notes for 2021 in USMLE Bulletin of Information

Applicants for examination should read the Special Notes for 2021 in the USMLE Bulletin of Information on upcoming policy changes, COVID-19 information, and USMLE Step 2 CS. The USMLE program recommends that applicants routinely monitor the USMLE Announcements page and the COVID-19 Resource Center available on the USMLE website.