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Old 12-17-2011
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hi guys,
thanks for post, i have some questions and hope you guys can take your time for me:
1. if i am the first one of my college, so how can my medschool contact to ecfmg and tell them the authorized official? and does this mean the application process will be longer (example: i get my form 183--> need to be verify the authorized person from my medschool to ecfmg--> complete the form with that guy after receiving confirm from ecfmg--> send form to ecfmg)?
im very appreciative for your help

Which Medical School Official should sign Form 186 or 183-E?
The ECFMG maintains a list of people that are authorized to sign it. They got that list either by directly contacting your medical school or (specially in developing countries) by their prior experience with your senior colleagues. The ECFMG will not tell you the name of that person. Therefore, you should make sure that the official who signs your form is actually the same person who has been signing for your other senior colleagues. If you are the first one to actually apply to ECFMG from your college then you have to ask your college to contact the ECFMG and tell them who's the authorized person.
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Old 12-18-2011
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Your medical school should should contact the ERAS Program Administrator, Ms. Patricia Baldwin-Browns at

Yes. you should expect significant delays before ECFMG authorizes your school official.

Also, try to push your school to apply for EMSWP as that would make the application process faster and easier.

One of our members Seetal was also the first from her med school to apply. You can contact her she might help you.

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Default what if the Principal or Dean Changes who previously signed the medical transcripts

Hi.. I m the first one to apply for ecfmg regn from our college... i have a few questions
1. i have got my medical transcripts ready but need to get them signed from the Principal. The problem is, the present Principal ( acting principal of our coll ) is expected to be replaced by a new one in a cuple of days. Now, if i get all of my documents signed by the present prinicpal and later the new principal signs on form 327 ( which ecfmg sends for verification of medical education ), wil that be valid ??.. Is it mandatory to get al documents signed from only one PRINCIPAL ?.. or its okay if the signature is of two different people at different times of ECFMG processing ?

2. our med coll principal is not an ECFMG authorised official.. there are four other professors who are authorised. So will his signature be accepted ??

Please help me in this regard... i m planning to give my step 1 by september 2012
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anyone there ???????????????????. please do reply to my post... soon soon plzzz soon... help me out !!!!!!!!!!
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Wink Stop freaking out, my friend.

My medical college just attained its spot on FAIMER's IMED list, hence on the ECFMG list as well. I will be the first one to apply for the USMLE followed by 3 other American citizens like myself.

First of all, relax. If your college is on the IMED list, you have nothing to worry about. It takes about 6 months for ECFMG to verify your degrees with your college and it doesn't matter who signed what. If your college has EMSWP, it may take 1 month but otherwise 6 months is the standard. Are you a current student or a graduate? The time limit would be different in each case along with the forms you submit.

All in all, you will obtain your ECFMG certification in 6 months at the most.
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