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  1. Future Dr.Dewar's Avatar

    Future Dr.Dewar said:

    ECFMG news

    As on 30th July

    CHANGE FROM PAPER TO ELECTRONIC SCORE REPORTS

    ECFMG, in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners(r)
    and the Federation of State Medical Boards, is pleased to announce a
    significant enhancement to the process of reporting the results of
    United States Medical Licensing Examination(tm) (USMLE(tm)) Step 1,
    Step
    2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) and Step 3.
    Currently, examinees receive the results of these exams as paper
    documents sent to them via postal mail. Beginning in August 2007, USMLE
    examinees will obtain their score reports by logging into OASIS,
    available on the ECFMG website. This means that examinees will be able
    to view, download, and print exam results as soon as they are available
    in OASIS.

    Paper USMLE score reports will be phased out during August 2007. During
    August some examinees will receive paper score reports and some will
    receive electronic score reports. If you are scheduled to receive an
    electronic score report, ECFMG will send a notification to the e-mail
    address in your ECFMG record when your score is available on-line.
    Instructions for viewing, downloading, and printing the score report
    will be available in OASIS. If you are scheduled to receive a paper
    score report, you will not be provided with the electronic score
    option.

    Electronic results will be available in OASIS for approximately 120
    days. After this time, examination results will be made available only
    in the form of an official paper USMLE transcript
     
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    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    As on August 3rd


    IMPORTANT NOTICE ON NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR TRANSFERRED ACADEMIC CREDITS

    One of the medical education credential requirements for ECFMG
    Certification is that an international medical graduate must have had
    at
    least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given
    toward completion of the medical curriculum) in attendance at a medical
    school that is listed in the International Medical Education Directory
    (IMED). A change to ECFMG's medical education credentials policy will
    restrict transfer credits that may be used to meet this requirement.
    This change will affect credits earned on or after January 1, 2008,
    that
    are transferred to the medical school that issued or will issue an
    applicant's medical degree.

    For the purpose of ECFMG Certification, transferred academic credits
    earned on or after January 1, 2008, are restricted to:

    - Credits transferred from one IMED-listed medical school to another
    IMED-listed medical school.

    - Credits for courses taken at one medical school within seven years of
    the date of graduation at the medical school that accepts the
    transferred courses.

    - Credits for courses that were passed at the medical school at which
    the course was taken.

    Applicants who have transferred credits to the medical school that
    issued or will issue their medical degree will be required to document
    these credits when they apply to ECFMG for examination. This
    documentation must be in the form of a transcript issued by the school
    at which the course was taken; failure to provide appropriate
    documentation of transfer credits earned on or after January 1, 2008,
    will prevent exam registration. Further instructions will be provided
    at
    the time of application.

    Applicants whose transferred credits do not meet all the criteria
    listed
    above will not meet the requirements to be registered by ECFMG for
    examination or the requirements for ECFMG Certification.

    An international medical student/graduate whose transferred credits do
    not meet all the criteria listed above may request an exception from
    the
    ECFMG Medical Education Credentials Committee.
     
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    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    AVAILABILITY OF 2008 INFORMATION BOOKLET / APPLICATION MATERIALS

    The ECFMG(r) 2008 Information Booklet and application materials are
    expected to be available on the ECFMG website in mid-September. You can
    use the 2008 materials to apply for:

    - USMLE(tm) Step 1 / Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2008, and

    - USMLE Step 2 CS.
     
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    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    CHANGE IN LIMIT ON ATTEMPTS FOR COMPUTER-BASED STEPS

    As stated in the 2007 USMLE(tm) Bulletin of Information, the USMLE
    program has allowed no more than three attempts at the same Step or
    Step
    Component within any 12-month period.

    Effective immediately, the limit on attempts for computer-based
    examinations has been increased. Examinees are now permitted up to four
    attempts at the same computer-based examination (Step 1, Step 2 CK and
    Step 3) in any 12-month period.

    For Step 2 CS only, the limit on attempts will remain at no more than
    three attempts in any 12-month period.
     
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    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    2008 INFORMATION BOOKLET / APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE

    The ECFMG(r) 2008 Information Booklet and exam application materials
    are
    now available. To access the ECFMG 2008 Information Booklet, visit the
    ECFMG website at ECFMG® | Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. To apply for examination, use ECFMG's
    Interactive Web Application (IWA), available from the ECFMG website.

    For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2008 materials to apply for:

    - available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2007
    (September 2007 - November 2007 and October 2007 - December 2007) and

    - all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2008, beginning
    with the November 2007 - January 2008 eligibility period.

    For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2008 application to obtain a 12-month
    eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your
    application is completed.

    Individuals who apply for examination are required to read the USMLE
    Bulletin of Information, in addition to the ECFMG Information Booklet.
    The USMLE(tm) 2008 Bulletin of Information is available on the USMLE
    website at United States Medical Licensing Examination™.
     
  6. MDXRS22's Avatar

    MDXRS22 said:
    Thanks for posting this info!
    I need to think about something...maybe you know what...
     
  7. MDIN2009's Avatar

    MDIN2009 said:
    Thanks for the solid info, please keep it up.

    P.S. Can you post the web links to the original pages.


    Quote Originally Posted by Future Dr.Dewar View Post
    2008 INFORMATION BOOKLET / APPLICATION MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE

    The ECFMG(r) 2008 Information Booklet and exam application materials
    are
    now available. To access the ECFMG 2008 Information Booklet, visit the
    ECFMG website at ECFMG® | Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. To apply for examination, use ECFMG's
    Interactive Web Application (IWA), available from the ECFMG website.

    For Step 1/Step 2 CK, you can use the 2008 materials to apply for:

    - available Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2007
    (September 2007 - November 2007 and October 2007 - December 2007) and

    - all Step 1/Step 2 CK eligibility periods ending in 2008, beginning
    with the November 2007 - January 2008 eligibility period.

    For Step 2 CS, you can use the 2008 application to obtain a 12-month
    eligibility period that begins on the date that the processing of your
    application is completed.

    Individuals who apply for examination are required to read the USMLE
    Bulletin of Information, in addition to the ECFMG Information Booklet.
    The USMLE(tm) 2008 Bulletin of Information is available on the USMLE
    website at United States Medical Licensing Examination™.
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  8. Future Dr.Dewar's Avatar

    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    I get these info as a ECFMG newsletter to my email. You can also apply for the newsletter from the ECFMG website.
     
  9. md.ammar said:
    thanx a lot
     
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    Future Dr.Dewar said:
    Issue 123 - December 3, 2007


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    IN THIS ISSUE:

    - IMGS PARTICIPATING IN 2009 MATCH SHOULD TAKE STEP 2 CS BY AUGUST 2008


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    IMGS PARTICIPATING IN 2009 MATCH SHOULD TAKE STEP 2 CS BY AUGUST 2008

    International medical students/graduates, including
    participants/graduates of Fifth Pathway programs, who need to pass Step
    2 Clinical Skills (CS) to participate in the 2009 Match (in March 2009)
    are strongly encouraged to take Step 2 CS by August 2008.

    Traditionally, there has been high demand for testing appointments in
    the period from September through December. For 2008, demand for
    testing
    appointments in the period from September through December is expected
    to be even higher than in past years.

    At the time of this writing, the earliest available test date at any
    test center was in May 2008. Additionally, test sessions at all test
    centers may be subject to scheduling restrictions that may limit the
    number of test dates available to you.

    To maximize your chances of obtaining a 2008 test date,

    - Apply for Step 2 CS now, provided you meet the eligibility
    requirements.

    - Once registered, schedule your testing appointment as soon as
    possible
    for a date before September 2008. Scheduling conditions are expected to
    be most favorable from May through July.

    If you do not register early and schedule as soon as possible for a
    test
    date before September 2008, it is possible that you will not be able to
    obtain a test date in 2008. As published in the 2008 Step 2 Clinical
    Skills Schedule for Reporting Results, if you do not take Step 2 CS by
    December 31, 2008, your result will not be available in time to
    participate in the 2009 Match.

    Early registration and scheduling may offer a number of benefits. If
    you
    plan to apply for Step 2 CS, you should consider the following:

    - Applicants registered for Step 2 CS can schedule and take the exam
    during the 12-month eligibility period that follows their registration.
    By registering early, applicants can schedule immediately if a
    preferred
    testing appointment becomes available.

    - Applicants registered for Step 2 CS can use the E-mail Notification
    feature of on-line Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling. The E-mail
    Notification feature allows registered applicants to indicate their
    preferred test dates/centers and receive e-mail notification when
    testing appointments that match their preferences become available.

    - Applicants who schedule a testing appointment can change the testing
    appointment without cost, provided they give more than 14 days' notice.
    See Rescheduling in the ECFMG Information Booklet.

    - Applicants who take Step 2 CS early in the year and receive a failing
    result are more likely to have the opportunity to retake the exam in
    2008 and receive their result in time to participate in the 2009 Match.


    Updated information on Step 2 CS scheduling will be posted to the ECFMG
    website as it becomes available. Individuals planning to take Step 2 CS
    should monitor the ECFMG and USMLE websites for the latest information.

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