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 https://theabramsonfirm.com/irregular-behavior/, 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 USMLE.org, is “any action by applicants, examinees, potential applicants, or others that could compromise the validity, […]

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Social Media and Irregular Behavior

Posted August 5th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG, USMLE.

Despite social media’s benefit to individuals seeking mentors, study partners, or even just emotional support, social media is one of the primary platforms from which allegations of irregular behavior arise.  […]

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USMLE Makes New Announcements Regarding Step 1 and Step 2 CS

Posted July 18th, 2020 by .

Categories: NBME, USMLE.

The USMLE Program today announced that its plan to cause Step 1 to change from a three-digit scoring system to a pass/fail scoring system will not be implemented at any […]

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Positive Impact of IMGs from Muslim-Majority Nations, but Applications on Decline

Posted July 17th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG.

The United States has, for decades, relied on IMGs to fill gaps in the physician workforce.  A comprehensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association studying the […]

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ECFMG Elaborates on ECFMG Certification for 2020 Match

Posted July 13th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG.

ECFMG has recently launched a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page that answers common questions regarding ECFMG Certification for IMGs who have not passed the USMLE Step 2 CS Examination. The […]

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IMGs Starting Residencies Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic and Immigration Restrictions

Posted July 2nd, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG, NRMP.

Yesterday, thousands of IMGs started their residency training at U.S. hospitals. In interviews conducted by NPR’s Joel Rose and published on NPR, Rose explores the historic challenges facing these new […]

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USMLE Program Announces Delayed Change to Attempt Limit Policy

Posted June 29th, 2020 by .

Categories: USMLE.

In February 2020, the USMLE program announced a reduction in the allowable number of exam attempts on each Step or Step Component from six to four that would go into effect […]

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ECFMG Identifies Alternative Pathways for ECFMG Certification

Posted June 17th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG.

At long last, ECFMG has identified the alternative pathways by which IMGs can qualify for ECFMG Certification. In the absence of ECFMG Certification, IMGs do not qualify to obtain graduate […]

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