USMLE Attempt Limit Policy to Change from Six (6) to Four (4) Attempts

Posted March 4th, 2021 by .


The USMLE Program has announced changes in its eligibility rules, reducing the number of permissible failed attempts to four (4) attempts for any USMLE Step examination.  Under the current policy […]

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ECFMG Announces New Requirements for ECFMG Certification

Posted February 17th, 2021 by .


Almost immediately after the USMLE Program permanently discontinued the Step 2 CS exam, ECFMG announced that it would develop modifications to the five (5) alternative pathways it developed to permit […]

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ECFMG Responds to USMLE Permanent Cancellation with Expanded Pathways for 2022 Match

Posted January 26th, 2021 by .


In response to today’s announcement that the USMLE Step 2 CS examination will be permanently discontinued, ECFMG has announced that it will offer expanded pathways to temporary ECFMG certification for […]

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USMLE Step 2 CS Permanently Discontinued

Posted January 26th, 2021 by .

Categories: ECFMG, Hospital Credentialing, NBME, NRMP, USMLE.

In what amounts to a fundamental change in the way doctors qualify to practice medicine in the United States, the National Board of Medical Examiners and Federation of State Medical […]

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Avoiding a Match Violation – Timely Withdraw from the Match

Posted January 22nd, 2021 by .

Categories: NRMP.

For those seeking residency training positions through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP)’s Main Residency Match (the “Match”), the start of a new year brings with it numerous great excitement […]

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ECFMG Primary Source Verification and Irregular Behavior for Submitting Falsified Documents

Posted January 20th, 2021 by .

Categories: ECFMG.

All International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are required to obtain ECFMG Certification before they may begin training at any accredited United States graduate medical education residency training program.  In addition, with […]

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USMLE Announces Development of Modified Clinical Skills Examination

Posted November 22nd, 2020 by .


The cancellation of the Step 2 CS Examination by the USMLE Program has had a profound impact on the medical licensure landscape, not only in the United States, but across […]

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Expansion of ECFMG Alternative Pathways Leads to Increased Eligibility for IMGs

Posted October 13th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG, USMLE.

Per its October 12, 2020 newsletter, ECFMG has expanded the eligibility requirements for certain pathways used to meet the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match, and additional international medical […]

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The Consequences of a Finding of Irregular Behavior

Posted September 1st, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG, Healthcare Litigation, Hospital Credentialing, NBME, USMLE.

Per our website at, we write “What is at stake when a medical student, medical school graduate or medical professional receives a letter informing them that they are alleged […]

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Defining Irregular Behavior (USMLE)

Posted August 12th, 2020 by .

Categories: USMLE.

What is “irregular behavior”?  The phrase lends itself to multiple interpretations.  The definition, per, is “any action by applicants, examinees, potential applicants, or others that could compromise the validity, […]

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