Medical licensure in the UNITED STATES

The Role of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates/   ECFMG

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates/ECFMG is the definitive agency certifying the medical education of schools outside of the United States and Canada.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates/ECFMG’s purpose is “to assess the readiness of graduates of these schools” to enter residency programs, and requires strict adherence to the following:

Passing all parts of the USMLE (Step 1, Step 2 CK; and Step 3); Satisfying the medical education credential documentation requirement; ECFMG certification in order to:

Start post-graduate medical training (residency);

Secure an initial license in the state in which the residency program is located; Secure an unrestricted license for practicing medicine in the U.S.

Currently, for the examination application, a medical school student must continue to submit FORM 183, Certification Statement.

Please contact ECFMG for updates regarding policy changes, etc. at:


3624 Market Street, 4th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2805
Phone: (215) 386 – 5900  •  Fax: (215) 387 – 9963