ECFMG Updates Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2022 Match

Posted September 10th, 2021 by .

Categories: ECFMG, Medical Licensing, NBME, NRMP, USMLE.

On September 7, 2021, ECFMG again updated its site to reflect answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Pathways required for ECFMG Certification.  IMGs seeking to enter the 2022 Main Residency Match can apply to ECFMG via its new online application, found here.  All IMGs must pass the OET Medicine examination to qualify under any of the Pathways, while IMGs seeking Certification through Pathway 6 must also arrange for, and pass, the Mini-CEX examination requirements previously identified by ECFMG.

Applicants should bear in mind that, in all communications with ECFMG and on all applications submitted to ECFMG, a failure to disclose material information or accurately answer any application question may result in a delay in processing an application and, moreover, could result in receiving a letter containing allegations of irregular behavior.  Also know that if the name that appears on you medical school diploma is for any reason different than the name that appears on your government issued identification, you will be required to submit extensive documentation that demonstrates the reason for the name change and confirms that you are indeed the individual who earned and was issued the medical degree that ECFMG will be primary source verifying as part of the application process.  To avoid processing delays, IMGs who have a different legal name than the name that appears on their medical diploma would be well served to promptly gather all documentation required by ECFMG in this regard, which can be found in the Information Booklet and online here.

For more than a decade, our experienced attorney have assisted scores of IMGs and medical students on the IMG path seeking to qualify for ECFMG Certification and the USMLE examinations.  If for any reason you require legal assistance when navigating eligibility requirements, the new Pathways, or with any ECFMG, USMLE, or NRMP related matter, our attorneys stand ready to assist.

For more than 10 years, Dennis L. Abramson has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing medical students, IMGs, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in compliance and disciplinary matters related to ECFMG, USMLE, NBME, and NRMP, including responding to and defending allegations of irregular behavior and violations of the Match® agreement. Should you need advice or counsel with a related issue, please contact Mr. Abramson at 610-664-5700 or

Mr. Abramson regularly updates this page with the latest developments related to ECFMG, USMLE, NRMP, ABIM, irregular behavior, and physician licensing and credentialing issues, so check back soon.

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