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Verification of Credentials for Match Eligibility
The NRMP will verify only the credentials listed below. Many states and/or programs have other prerequisites or restrictions that may be discussed in the program's application materials or during the interview process. The applicant is responsible for ensuring he/she meets all of each program's particular prerequisites and restrictions before ranking that program.
Note: Applicants should not delay their registration or submission of rank order lists pending verification of credentials by the NRMP. The NRMP will automatically withdraw applicants whose credentials cannot be confirmed according to the following procedures.
Student/Graduates of Osteopathic, Canadian, & Fifth Pathway Programs
and Graduates of LCME-Accredited U.S. Medical Schools
Note: The NRMP will not accept transcripts provided by applicants as proof of enrollment or graduation.
Graduates of U.S. Medical Schools Not Accredited by the LCME
Graduates or Students of International Medical Schools and Fifth Pathway Programs
To participate in the NRMP, graduates/students of international medical schools must have passed all exams required for certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), and the results must be available by the rank order list deadline. Fifth Pathway applicants must have satisfied the medical science examination and clinical skills requirements for ECFMG® Certification (USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, or their equivalents), and the results must be available by the rank order list deadline.
Beginning September 1, the NRMP will contact the ECFMG® weekly to verify whether graduates/students of international medical schools and Fifth Pathway applicants have passed the required exams. Applicants who are not confirmed by the ECFMG® will be withdrawn automatically from The Match immediately following the rank order list deadline. Withdrawn applicants will not be eligible to participate in SOAP, nor will they have access to the List of Unfilled Programs, unless prior to Match Week their examination results are verified by the ECFMG®.
The NRMP will notify those applicants that the ECFMG® reported have not passed the required exams. The NRMP only accepts communications directly from the ECFMG® regarding examinations passed. The NRMP will not accept ECFMG® certificates, score reports, or ECFMG® status reports provided by applicants as proof that they have passed the required examinations.
Examinations Required by ECFMG® for Purposes of Certification
Applicants for ECFMG® Certification must satisfy both the medical science examination and clinical skills requirements. To satisfy those requirements, applicants must pass Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Step 2 of the USMLE has two separately administered components, the Clinical Knowledge (CK) component and the Clinical Skills (CS) component.
Medical Science Examination
The ECFMG® also accepts a passing performance on the following former examinations to satisfy the medical science examination requirement for ECFMG® Certification: ECFMG® Examination, Visa Qualifying Examination (VQE), Foreign Medical Graduate Examination in the Medical Sciences (FMGEMS), and the Part I and Part II Examinations of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME).
Combinations of exams also are acceptable. Specifically, applicants who have passed only part of the former VQE, FMGEMS, or the NBME Part I or Part II may combine a passing performance on the basic medical science component of one of these exams or USMLE Step 1 with a passing performance on the clinical science component of one of the other exams or USMLE Step 2 CK, provided that the components are passed within the period specified for the exam program.
Additionally, the ECFMG® accepts a score of 75 or higher on each of the three days of a single administration of the former Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX), if taken prior to June 1985, to satisfy this requirement.
NOTE: This policy applies only to ECFMG® Certification. Use of the former NBME Parts or FLEX Components to fulfill eligibility requirements for Step 3 is no longer accepted. Applicants who are taking the Steps for the purpose of licensure should contact the medical licensing authority of the jurisdiction where they plan to apply for licensure or the Federation of State Medical Boards for specific information on licensure requirements.
Clinical Skills Requirement
Applicants who have passed the former ECFMG® CSA and achieved a score acceptable to ECFMG® on an English language proficiency test (such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] exam or the former ECFMG® English Test) can use these passing performances to satisfy the clinical skills requirement for ECFMG® Certification.
Time Limit for Completing
Before implementation of Step 2 CS on June 14, 2004, applicants were required to pass Step 1 and Step 2 CK within a seven-year period for ECFMG® Certification. Effective June 14, 2004, applicants must pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS within a seven-year period for ECFMG® Certification; this new seven-year requirement applies to applicants whose earliest USMLE passing performance that is valid for ECFMG® Certification took place on or after June 14, 2004. For complete information, refer to the ECFMG® Information Booklet.
NOTE: Applicants to The Match who have passed examinations administered by organizations other than the ECFMG®, such as the National Board of Medical Examiners or the Federation of State Medical Boards that may be used for ECFMG® Certification should submit that information to the ECFMG® well in advance of the rank order list deadline. The ECFMG® will not report examination results to the NRMP to confirm eligibility to participate in The Match until those examination results have been verified by the organization that administered the examination accepted by the ECFMG®.
To check applicant-specific information, such as the status of exam applications and score reports, and to update applicant information, access OASIS on the ECFMG® website.
Applicants also may direct inquiries to ECFMG's® Applicant Information Services: