Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


ECFMG acts as the registration and score-reporting agency for the USMLE for foreign medical students/ graduates, or in short, it acts as the designated Dean's office for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in contrast to the American Medical Graduates (AMGs).


It conducts three examinations: Step 1Step 2CKStep 2CS. The ECFMG certificate is issued to a physician if he or she passes the three exams within a time period of seven years.

The main pathway for international medical graduates who wish to be licensed as a physician in the United States is to complete a U.S. residency hospital program. The general method to apply for residency programs is through the National Resident Matching Program. To participate in the NRMP, an IMG is required to have an ECFMG certification.

To acquire an ECFMG certification, the main requirements are

For more information please visit https://www.ecfmg.org/

To apply for ECFMG identification number please visit https://secure2.ecfmg.org/emain.asp?app=iwa

Other important links for your convience:

1) https://www.ecfmg.org/certification/index.html#

2) https://www.ecfmg.org/eras/index.html

3) https://oasis2.ecfmg.org/