COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is creating significant challenges for the medical education community, medical regulatory agencies, physicians, and others around the world that rely on ECFMG|FAIMER programs and services. We are working actively to identify and address those challenges and to support stakeholders during this global crisis. We also have adapted some aspects of our operations to help ensure the continuity of our services and to enhance flexibility for stakeholders who also have made operational changes in response to the pandemic.

This page consolidates ECFMG|FAIMER news, program changes, and stakeholder communications related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update this web page as additional resources become available.

Newsletter

General

ECFMG Certification and USMLE Exams

Eligibility Requirements for Pathways Expanded, More IMGs May Be Eligible (October 12, 2020)
Temporary USMLE Step 3 Eligibility Requirements Are in Effect (September 8, 2020)
Application for Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match Now Available (September 2, 2020)
Detailed Information on Pathways Application Process Now Available (August 24, 2020)
Update on New Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match (July 31, 2020)
Step 1 and Step 2 CK Content Distribution Changes (July 22, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for the USMLE Program (June 30, 2020)
USMLE Timeline for Step 1 Pass/Fail Score Reporting (June 19, 2020)
Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match (June 17, 2020)
U.S. and International Prometric Test Centers Are Operating and International Medical Graduates Are Able to Schedule Appointments (June 11, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Responds to Suspension of USMLE Step 2 CS Testing, Commits to Uninterrupted Pathway for IMGs to ECFMG Certification (May 26, 2020)
USMLE COVID-19 Update: A Phased Approach for Expanding Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 3 Testing (May 20, 2020)
ECFMG Medical School Accreditation Requirement Moved to 2024 (May 13, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Endorses Recommendations and Resources for Medical Students, Trainees, and Physicians during COVID-19 (May 12, 2020)
USMLE Update on Resuming Testing (May 8, 2020)
A Message from the Leaders of NBME and ECFMG|FAIMER (May 6, 2020)
A Message to Applicants—ECFMG|FAIMER is Open and Processing Your Applications (May 6, 2020)
Status on Prometric Testing – May 1, 2020 (May 2, 2020)
USMLE Exploring Alternate Test Delivery Options (April 28, 2020)
Updated Prometric Procedures (April 23, 2020)
USMLE’s Weekly Update on COVID-19 (April 20, 2020)
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 4/10/2020 Update: Prometric Closures (April 13, 2020)
Issuance of Interim ECFMG Certificates (April 8, 2020)
USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Testing Suspension to Continue Through May 31, 2020 (April 3, 2020)
COVID-19 Updates and Resources from USMLE (March 31, 2020)
USMLE to Waive Fees for Eligibility Period Extensions and Testing Region Changes (March 13, 2020)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Individuals Planning to Take Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) (March 3, 2020)
Potential Impact of Coronavirus on USMLE Examination Administrations (January 30, 2020)

J-1 Visa Sponsorship and Entry to U.S. GME

Announcements

Proposed ICE Change Will Severely Impact Health Care Delivery During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond, Leading Health Care Organizations Say (September 25, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Supports Coalition Recommendations for Fellowship Applicants in 2020-2021 (June 26, 2020)
Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match (June 17, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Responds to Suspension of USMLE Step 2 CS Testing, Commits to Uninterrupted Pathway for IMGs to ECFMG Certification (May 26, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Supports Recommendations for Medical School Graduates Entering PGY-1 Residency Positions in Coming Months (May 19, 2020)
ECFMG|FAIMER Endorses Recommendations and Resources for Medical Students, Trainees, and Physicians during COVID-19 (May 12, 2020)
A Message to Applicants—ECFMG|FAIMER is Open and Processing Your Applications (May 6, 2020)
U.S. Department of State Indicates Additional Flexibility Regarding Statement of Need Letter for J-1 Visa Sponsorship (April 23, 2020)
New Trump Administration Executive Order on Immigration Does Not Impact Non-immigrant Visa Processing, Including J-1s (April 23, 2020)
Advocating for Matched IMGs with U.S. Department of State (April 8, 2020)
Department of State Signals Visa Processing for Medical Professionals Will Move Forward (March 27, 2020)
Match Day Adds 7,000+ International Medical Graduates to U.S. GME Programs (March 23, 2020)

Direct Communications

To Exchange Visitor Physicians

To Training Program Liaisons

To Program Directors

To Designated Institutional Officials

To Ministry of Health Officials

Medical Credential Verification Services

International Medical Schools

ECFMG Focus (September 3, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (August 5, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (June 17, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (May 26, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (May 15, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (May 6, 2020)
ECFMG Focus (April 1, 2020)

Other Resources

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) “The Match”

United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®)

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