Hello fellow USMLE takers..
I woke up this morning and saw a quite panicky mail from ECFMG stating that my Certificate of Identification (CIN/ Form 186) has been invalidated. Well, that was scary ! (I think most of u had the similar experience)
Lets me share more about it - This is regarding the new modification of USMLE application process by ECFMG from 20th may 2009. So, what does this means to us? :
First of all, all those who have final ECFMG Certificate- Don't even bother reading this post, you all must have other things to take care of ;-)
Secondly, this will affect ONLY to those people who want to apply for any of the steps or want to apply for block extension for any of the steps.
Candidates who already have applied as a graduate and given one of the steps have a valid CIN (form 186) on file with ECFMG which (as per old rules) was valid for 5 years.
Now, according to this new modification, all the candidates, WHO HAVEN'T HAD THEIR MEDICAL SCHOOL CREDENTIALS VERIFIED BY ECFMG (DIPLOMA/ DEGREE & TRANSCRIPTS or Primary Source Verification, as ECFMG calls it)- have their CIN (form 186) 'Invalidated'.
So, if you want to apply for new exam OR want a block extension on presently approved exam, u will have to submit the "new form 186" attested by ur Med school dean or a Notary. (yes, again same way as u did it earlier). You will get this form 186 after completing the Online part of your respective exam or block extension application.
IMP: Now the catch is, if your med school "doesn't" participate in EMSWP, than this new form 186 has to be verified from the Med School, the procedure same as with Credential verification.
The Candidates who have got the Credentials verified (Primary Source Verification) don't need to worry !
Hope this post helps to shed more light on the issue. Anyone who still doesn't understand it, read the announcement again at ECFMG website -http://ecfmg.org/announce.htm#onlineapp-. Feel free to post any queries here !
Do share your views and comments.
P.S. : I don't understand why ECFMG haves this new complicated modifications to already complicated rules ! Making our already frantic lives more miserable...