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ECFMG Certification


Students graduating from UMHS and all other international and caribbean medical schools must be certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to sit for the USMLE.  This certification is required for residency and licensure in the United States.


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The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  To become ECFMG certified, UMHS students and graduates, like all international medical school students and graduates, must register with ECFMG to take the USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3.  Graduates also must provide their international medical school transcripts. ECFMG verifies that the international medical school is listed with IMED. 


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International Medical Education Directory (IMED)


The International Medical Education Directory (IMED) is a free web-based resource for accurate and up-to-date information about international medical schools that are recognized by the appropriate government agency in the countries in which they are located. The agency responsible for this recognition in most countries is the Ministry of Health. 


FAIMER is not an accrediting agency. Listing of a medical school in IMED does not denote recognition, accreditation, or endorsement by FAIMER.  A medical school is listed in IMED after FAIMER receives confirmation from the Ministry of Health or other appropriate agency that the Ministry or agency has recognized that school.


Beginning in 2023, to be eligible for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG will require that applicants graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited.  To satisfy this requirement, medical schools must be accredited by an agency that has been recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) through its Programme for Recognition of Accrediting Agencies.  UMHS is accredited by ACCM which is recognized by ECFMG and the World Federation as an appropriate accreditiation.





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