Some IMGs May or May Not Be Able to Practice in the USA after 2023


Students enrolling in an international medical school who want to ultimately practice in the U.S.A may be affected as they graduate in 2023 and beyond.

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) declared that effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. In order to do this, accreditation agencies must go through a formal process of recognition that uses criteria comparable to globally accepted criteria. This does not mean that individual medical schools need to be accredited through this process, but the national accreditation agency or body that accredits the medical school in that country needs to be recognized.

Will I be able to obtain ECFMG Certification if I graduate from a country not on the list of accredited bodies after 2023?

In 2023, individuals will be eligible to apply for ECFMG Certification—the first step in the certification process—and take the required examinations if, at the time of application, only their medical school is accredited (including provisional or conditional accreditation) by an accrediting agency recognized by WFME. (Source: ECFMG)

International medical graduates practicing in the U.S

Who Already Has Recognition Status?

Each country’s accreditation bodies have to go through this recognition process before 2023, or else ECFMG will not issue an ECFMG Certification to IMGs who are enrolled in medical schools located in those countries, which affects medical students who are taking the USMLE and applying for residency programs in the USA.

You will have to check the list of countries of accrediting bodies to see if your country in which you are enrolled in medical school is listed.

Students who are enrolled in medical schools from countries that are not listed will not be able to receive an ECFMG certification, which is necessary for all IMG (international medical graduates) to complete in order to register for the USMLE exam and apply for US residency training programs.






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