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1 An Overview

2 Develop an Understanding of: ECFMG s Role and Services U.S. Graduate Medical Education International Medical Graduates

3 Founded in 1956 Organizational Membership American Board of Medical Specialties American Medical Association Association of American Medical Colleges Association for Hospital Medical Education Federation of State Medical Boards National Medical Association

4 Mission Statement "The ECFMG promotes quality health care for the public by certifying international medical graduates for entry into U.S. graduate medical education, and by participating in the evaluation and certification of other physicians and health care professionals nationally and internationally. In conjunction with its Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), and other partners, it actively seeks opportunities to promote medical education through programmatic and research activities."

5 An IMG is any physician who received his/her basic medical degree from a medical school outside of the U.S. and Canada, regardless of citizenship This includes any U.S. citizen who received a medical degree from a school outside of the U.S. and Canada

6 Hospital-based training and education that follows graduation from a medical school Includes residency or fellowship programs involving health care services to patients Prepares physicians for practice in a medical specialty and/or subspecialty

7 27 base specialty residency disciplines (i.e., Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine) Fellowships follow residencies GME programs accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Training duration is typically 3 to 7 years Required for medical licensure

8 Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Accreditation Funding Board Certification Licensure etc. American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

9 ECFMG Certification Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO)

10 ECFMG Certification assures residency program directors and the U.S. public that the IMG has met minimum standards of eligibility to enter U.S. residency training. ECFMG Certification is required for: o IMG entry into ACGME-accredited GME o Taking USMLE Step 3 o State licensure o J-1 physician category sponsorship / ECFMG

11 Medical Education Credentials o Completion of a medical school curriculum of at least 4 years o School and graduation year listed in IMED* o Primary-source verification of medical diploma and transcript(s) by ECFMG USMLE Exams o Step 1 Basic Science o Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) o Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) *The International Medical Education Directory (IMED)

12 ECFMG serves as the designated Dean s Office for IMGs applying to U.S. residency training programs via ERAS Provides Guidance & Support ERAS Advisors Collects, reviews, and manages supporting materials Communication o Chat o Newsletters o Phone o Written correspondence o Website ( Internal collaboration with ECHO Works with International Medical Schools o Assigned ERAS Advisor o Informational updates and webinars o EMSWP ERAS Portal for medical schools

13 Visa Sponsor for all J-1 physicians in clinical training 22CFR 62.27(b) Cooperates with U.S. Department of State (DOS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in tracking J-1 physicians in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) database Collaborates with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), academic medicine, legal community on IMG research/policy issues

14 Entry into U.S. GME Process Complete medical school If IMG, complete ECFMG Certification Timeframe Typically May Complete residency application process ERAS Interviews NRMP Match Program issues GME contract/letter of offer If foreign national, secure appropriate visa status Commencement of residency training Fall Fall March March March July July

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16 Electronic portfolio of primary-source verified medical education credentials Physician submits copies of medical credentials through EPIC ECFMG primary-source verified credentials become part of physician s portfolio ECFMG sends verified credential to medical regulatory, training, and other authorities worldwide as requested by physician Fees charged to physician for EPIC services Launched April 2, 2013

17 Provides support and service to ECFMG-certified physicians and those nearing certification as they plan their careers Publishes 3 5 free resources each month ECHO provides ECFMG-certified physicians with: Continued access to ECFMG s decades of expertise in a number of areas Information from other organizations and experts important to different phases of the medical career Opportunities to interact with other physicians Opportunities to regularly communicate with ECFMG

18 A non-profit foundation of ECFMG committed to improving world health Seeks to improve health of communities by improving health professions education Faculty Development Research which informs health workforce policy and practice Development of data that advances educational quality improvement decisions

19 Purpose To facilitate and promote international exchange opportunities in medical education by connecting medical schools and students throughout the world The GEMx Advisory Committee Comprised of international medical educators and experts on global exchange in medicine Countries: Australia, Chile, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Qatar, United States The Charter Signed by all GEMx partner schools Agree to the goals, aims and values, and responsibilities of GEMx participation Not intended to replace existing partnership agreements The Pilot 15 to 20 medical schools Expected launch: November 2013 Program Evaluation Measure outcomes, student feedback, GEMx performance

20 GEMx Partner Schools Access through the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) Ability to manage school and elective information Ability to manage student applications Medical Students (of GEMx Partner Schools) Access through the GEMx website (once student is confirmed eligible by school) Ability to search for electives offered by schools Ability to apply for elective opportunities on-line

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