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      New ECFMG Program Provides Support and Service to International Medical Graduates

      By meliza / July 8, 2012

        ECFMG® is pleased to announce the launch of the ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO), a new program that provides support and service to ECFMG-certified physicians, and physicians about to be certified, as they plan their careers. ECHO expands on the resources offered by ECFMG’s former Acculturation Program. ECHO provides free resources that allow international […]

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        Attempt Limit for USMLE Examinations

        By meliza / June 26, 2012

        Examinees who have made six or more attempts to pass a Step or Step component, including incomplete attempts, should be aware that all applications to register for additional attempts will not be processed unless they are submitted on or before December 31, 2012. This limit was first announced in August of 2011. The effective date for […]

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          ERAS 2013 Applicants Can Upload Supporting Documents Using ECFMG’s OASIS

          By meliza / June 12, 2012

          ECFMG has expanded its On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS) to allow ERAS 2013 applicants to electronically submit several document types in support of their residency application, including Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), medical school transcripts, photographs, Postgraduate Training Authorization Letter (PTAL) or “California Letter,” and letters of recommendation (LoRs), if you have not […]

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            Guidelines to Request Test Accommodations

            By meliza / May 31, 2012

            Here’s an overview and some instructions on how to request for test accommodations. To Request Test Accommodations: Read the Guidelines carefully. Share them with the professional who will be helping you prepare your documentation. Read the instructions for completing the Request for Test Accommodations form. Complete and sign the appropriate request form If appropriate, have […]

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              Update on Planned Changes to USMLE Step 3 Examination

              By meliza / May 8, 2012

                The USMLE Composite Committee and USMLE parent organizations (the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards) recently approved plans to change the structure of USMLE. Step 3 will be the first examination impacted, with changes to this examination to occur no earlier than 2014. The plans call for the […]

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                Review of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) minimum passing score

                By meliza / April 29, 2012

                As stated in the USMLE Bulletin of Information, the level of proficiency required to meet the recommended minimum passing level for each USMLE Step examination is reviewed periodically and may be adjusted at any time. Notice of such review and any adjustments are posted on the USMLE website. Every three to four years the Step […]

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                  Updated Practice and Orientation Materials for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Exam have been Posted

                  By meliza / April 10, 2012

                  As previously announced, a new patient note and redesigned Communication and Interpersonal Skills subcomponent will be introduced into the USMLE Step 2 CS examinations beginning June 17, 2012. Updated practice and orientation materials reflecting these changes have been posted to the USMLE website. Examinees who plan to take the Step 2 CS examination on or […]

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                    IMG Performance in the 2012 Match

                    By meliza / March 27, 2012

                    For the tenth consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Residency Match increased. A total of 24,034 first-year positions were offered in the 2012 Match. This represents an increase of 613 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 3,400 positions […]

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                      ERAS®: Electronic Residency Application Service

                      By meliza / March 20, 2012

                      What is ERAS? The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) developed the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) to allow medical school students and graduates to apply electronically for residency positions in accredited U.S. programs of graduate medical education. Students and graduates of U.S. medical schools/programs are assisted in the ERAS process by the Dean’s office […]

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                        USMLE FAQS: Biometric Enabled Check In System (BECS)

                        By meliza / March 14, 2012

                        What biometric information is collected from a USMLE® candidate using BECS? Under the BECS program, a digitized representation of your fingerprint, an image of your fingerprint, along with your name, address, telephone number (if you provided one), date of birth or age, identification document number, and a scanned copy of your identification document (which may […]

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