To be eligible for ECFMG Certification, you must complete an Application for ECFMG Certification, which confirms your intent to pursue ECFMG Certification and your understanding of the purpose of the certification program. The Application for ECFMG Certification consists of an on-line application and the Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) that must be completed and notarized via NotaryCam. You should read the detailed instructions for the application before you begin working on it. Instructions on how to complete Form 186 using NotaryCam are included with the form. You must have your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number before you can begin the Application for ECFMG Certification. For the current fee for submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification, see the Fees page of the ECFMG website.
As part of the Application for ECFMG Certification, you will be asked to confirm the name, date of birth, and gender in your record with us. If this information does not match exactly the information on your current, unexpired passport, you must have the information in your record changed to reflect the information as it appears on your passport before you can complete the Application for ECFMG Certification. Instructions for how to correct this information will be provided at the time of application.
If you are a medical school student, you will be asked to confirm that you are officially enrolled in a medical school that is listed in the World Directory with an ECFMG note stating it meets ECFMG eligibility requirements, and that the “Graduation Years” in the ECFMG note in your medical school’s World Directory listing are listed as “Current.” If you are a medical school graduate, you will be asked to confirm that you are a graduate of a medical school that is listed in the World Directory with an ECFMG note stating it meets ECFMG eligibility requirements, and that your graduation year is included in the ECFMG note in your school’s World Directory listing. See Medical School Requirements.
An Application for ECFMG Certification will not be considered complete until ECFMG receives and processes both the on-line part of the application and the notarized Form 186 from NotaryCam. Once your Application for ECFMG Certification, including Form 186, has been accepted by ECFMG, it typically remains valid throughout the certification process. You can use our on-line services to confirm that you have submitted an Application for ECFMG Certification and have a valid Form 186 on file.
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[Last update: August 21, 2023]