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Old 04-09-2012
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I am drsameer graduated from St. Petersburg State pediatric medical academy, Russia & I am currently living in India doing my externship. I wanted to apply for USMLE step 1 and as you know the ECFMG requires medical education credentials as a primary source of verification (form 186).

My question is that recently ECFMG has announced to bring EPIC (Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials) does any one knows how it can help me ??

Does it means we don't need to get the form 186 signed by the official?? because i will have to make a round trip to Russia just to get them signed by the med school official but if EPIC can help i wouldn't have to go to Russia

Please would like your help/reply on this i am planning to give my exam 7 months from here on
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Since ECFMG EPIC is a new service I don't really have personal experience on how it works.

My understanding is that you still have to establish IWA and OASIS account with ECFMG and download Form 186 and mail it to them.

If you are living away from the country of your medical school, you don't need to go there, you can choose from 186 that has notary public authentication so you can sign it in front of a notary public where you are now and then mail it to your school for signature.

I would suggest you contact EPIC themselves here

Let us know if you get any useful info from them so that others understand how it works.

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hello again...i sent an email to ecfmg regarding the EPIC and they replied me in about 3 i am posting their response to my email

"Dear Doctor:

Thank you for your request for information on the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC). When EPIC becomes available, you will be able to establish an EPIC account. Once your account has been established, you will then be able to add your medical education credentials to your account to have them primary-source verified by ECFMG. Once the credentials have been primary-source verified, you will be able to have them added to your ECFMG account for the purpose of applying to ECFMG for a USMLE examination and for ECFMG certification.

In the meantime, there is an option through ECFMG’s Interactive Web Application (IWA) to confirm you r graduation from medical school without your having to travel to your medical school. For the purpose of verifying your graduation from medical school so that you may be registered by ECFMG for a USMLE examination, one of the “Certification of Identification (Form 186)” options is the “Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) - Certification by Notary Public and Medical School Official.” Using this form, you can have your identify confirmed by a Notary Public. You then will mail the form to your medical school to have your graduation confirmed by a medical school official. After completing the form, the medical school official must send the form directly to ECFMG.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please let me know".


William C. Kelly
Associate Vice President for Operations
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Old 04-26-2012
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Default form 186

hello sabio,
iam new to this forum, i must say you are a gr8 help to all those usmle aspirants confused with ecfmg registration iam a img and iam confused with form 186 coz i cannot go to my med school and get deans sign in person as its in other country and form which i downloaded has only two options
1:college officials seal/sign
2:notary public sign

thr is no 3rd option station notary/college officials im so confused wat shud i do jus go with notary, will it not cause any delays in my verification, whats the reason you think iam not getting an option for notary and coll.officials and my school participates in EMSWP. PLEASE HELP ME!
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go for the notary public form if u cant visit ur college... i did the same, there was no delay of any sort, only delay that would come into picture is the time taken by ur college to verify ur credentials online and expedite the matter... so after sending the notary public stamped form, the only option u have is to call ur college office once you get an email from ecfmg saying ur docs hav been sent to ur college for verification... or you can keep in touch with ur junior colleagues there and ask them to personally go and see if the online verification has arrived and verified by ur college official
hope i answered ur query...
btw, where hav u done ur grads from????
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