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Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

ECFMG 2024 Information Booklet

ECFMG Certification

Standard ECFMG Certificate

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 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 FedEx.

The Standard ECFMG Certificate includes:

  • The name of the applicant;
  • The certificate number;
  • How the examination requirements were met;
  • The date that the certificate was issued; and
  • The valid through date, if applicable. See Expiration of the ECFMG Certificate Based on a Pathway below.

Expiration of the ECFMG Certificate Based on a Pathway

If you meet the clinical skills requirement and the communication skills requirement for ECFMG Certification through a Pathway, your ECFMG Certificate is subject to expiration. For detailed information on expiration of the ECFMG Certificate, refer to the Pathways in the ECFMG Certification section of the ECFMG website.

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 more information, see Confirming ECFMG Certification to Third Parties in Related ECFMG Services.

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