Do I have to be ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates) certified to participate in the Main Residency Match and SOAP?

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No. You must be verified by the ECFMG as having completed the medical science examination, clinical skills, and communication skills requirements for ECFMG certification to participate in the Match and SOAP.

The NRMP will send the list of IMG applicants who have registered for the Match to the ECFMG once a week after the Match opens for registration. ECFMG will send back to NRMP whether or not the applicant has completed the necessary medical science examination, clinical skills, and communication skills requirements for ECFMG certification. This verification must be completed by the Rank Order List Deadline for IMG applicants to participate in the Match and SOAP. Please review the Requirements for ECFMG Clinical Skills Pathways for the 2022 Match for detailed information.