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.
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 at the same time as 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 at the same time as 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, within four weeks of submitting the on-line portion of your exam application, 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.
You can submit your credentials via our on-line services. Additional information and instructions are provided with the exam application. If your credentials are complete, you are generally not required to resend these documents when you apply for subsequent exams.
When your credentials have been processed, ECFMG will notify you. You can also check the status of your credentials via our on-line services. If you have questions or concerns about your credentials, you can contact ECFMG using the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact Us page of the ECFMG website.
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[Last update: August 21, 2023]