Medical students who wish to become licensed to practice in the United States but have completed their education abroad need to become certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. This commission strives to ensure that all of those individuals who practice medicine in the United States have received thorough and comprehensive training. ECFMG certification is required before one can sit for Step 3 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or participate in a residency or fellowship program in the United States.
There are a few basic requirements for the attainment of ECFMG certification. In order to be eligible, a student must have graduated from an institution listed in the International Medical Education Dictionary. One must also pass Step 1, Step 2 CS, and Step 2 CK of the USMLE. These exams are offered at locations around the United States throughout the year; assuming that one's graduation documentation has been approved, these exams may be taken in any order. For more input from people who have taken the exam, the USMLE forum at StudentDoc is an excellent place to visit.
Once these exams are complete, a student will be eligible for ECFMG certification so long as Certification of Identification and a final medical school transcript have been provided. The ECFMG administration is unable to estimate the duration of the certification process, since it is dependent on many variables. Students may begin applying for certification while they are still in medical school but, as mentioned above, certification cannot be issued until a confirmation of graduation is provided. Students must be certified by the ECFMG before beginning any residency or graduate-level medical education program in the United States, although they may apply to these programs before they receive certification.
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