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Question Credentials Verification before Applying to Exam

Hello everyone

Can I get my medical education credentials certified/verified before applying for USMLE exam knowing that I never sent ECFMG form 186.
I am planning to send my medical diploma, photograph, form 187, form 344, and form 345. Will they start their processing immediately or I have to apply for exam first?

Please guide me, Thank you
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Where on the net would u get form 186 if u have not applied for the exams? Just wondering. I think u can only get form 186 after payment of the fees during the step application.
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Where on the net would u get form 186 if u have not applied for the exams? Just wondering. I think u can only get form 186 after payment of the fees during the step application.
yes I didnt apply 4 exam yet thus I dont have form 186, I was wondering if possible 2 get my credentials verified without form 186
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yes I didnt apply 4 exam yet thus I dont have form 186, I was wondering if possible 2 get my credentials verified without form 186
I think ecfmg first deals with ur form 186 before they would even looks at ur diploma.
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Just wondering why u want to verify ur credentials before form 186 is sent. Any reasons?
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Just wondering why u want to verify ur credentials before form 186 is sent. Any reasons?
I am trying 2 apply 4 steps on 2014 but latest available is Dec 2013
but on dec I would b traveling outside country I graduated from and cant come back so I think it would b hard 2 get my forms done specially form 186
any help?
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I am trying 2 apply 4 steps on 2014 but latest available is Dec 2013
but on dec I would b traveling outside country I graduated from and cant come back so I think it would b hard 2 get my forms done specially form 186
any help?
You have to apply online, pay fee and then print 186. Then fill it up and verify it from your school and then send it to ecfmg. Once your online part and 186 are approved only then you will be able to schedule your exam. Hope it is clear. Please go to ecfmg website and read things there.
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I am trying 2 apply 4 steps on 2014 but latest available is Dec 2013
but on dec I would b traveling outside country I graduated from and cant come back so I think it would b hard 2 get my forms done specially form 186
any help?
U have no problem. from now to dec is a great time.
U need to wait till after 15th September where the dates in 2014 would be available for selection. So register after 15 th sept and select the period of month of ur choice then submit all the required forms with ur diploma photocopy including form 186 then they would verify everything for u till u finally leave in December.
They take only 3 weeks to do the verification and acceptance of application. Usually they verify the diploma later after the 3 weeks since u don't need that to get ur scheduling permit.

In my case my form 186 and step 1 application were accepted within three weeks but my medical school credential was received and still awaiting verification as per what I see on the ecfmg website.
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I am trying 2 apply 4 steps on 2014 but latest available is Dec 2013
but on dec I would b traveling outside country I graduated from and cant come back so I think it would b hard 2 get my forms done specially form 186
any help?
2014 period will be available these days, keep waiting maybe maximum 10-15 days more.
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hello. i m a medical graduate who wants to write the step 1 exam.
I am really very confused with the registration thing.
So far i have finished the online processing, ve paid 60 USD.
Right now i am asked to pay 1,000 USD and submit fom 187, 344 & 345. I dont see form 186. Do i still need to fill out form 186?

Do i send all these forms ( 186( if needed ), 187,344 & 345) to the ECFMG office?
I really need a reply asap!
Thanks a lot. Good luck to you all!
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It wont be possible to get form 186 before payment. You will see 186 after payment.
Btw, the site will go under maintenance for 2014 bulletin and changes, so i advice you to do it asap today or wait 2 days more for next eligibility period availibility.
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Hello! I Just read this msg from ECFMG:

Issue 213 - September 10, 2013
Reminder: Incomplete IWA Applications Will Be Deleted on September 11
As part of the transition to the ECFMG 2014 Information Booklet and exam application materials, any USMLE exam applications that have been saved but not submitted via ECFMGs Interactive Web Applications (IWA) will be deleted. If you have a saved exam application in IWA, you must complete and submit the application, including payment, by 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. If, when IWA becomes unavailable on this date (see below), you have begun but not yet submitted the on-line part of an exam application, your incomplete application will be deleted. If your application is deleted, you will be required to begin a new application in order to apply for examination.

I have saved the application process but yet not completed caz i didn't find options for 2014 Eligibility Periods; hence not submitted to ECFMG.

My Q. is:what will happen to my fee that I paid for ECFMG APPLICATION ($60) beside deletion of my incomplete application?
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I wrote your answer above but again...
The answer is they will delete n swoooop your Money of course, capitalism&USA unfortunately
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I wrote your answer above but again...
The answer is they will delete n swoooop your Money of course, capitalism&USA unfortunately
Thanks for reply... Could u pls explain me what will be my next step if I need to choose 2014 Eligibility Period in between January-March as I already processed with the 1st step online part by paying $60 but when I came to know that there is no availability for 2014 Eligibility Periods, I stopped my further online part. Totally Your advise will be appreciated!
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Thanks for reply... Could u pls explain me what will be my next step if I need to choose 2014 Eligibility Period in between January-March as I already processed with the 1st step online part by paying $60 but when I came to know that there is no availability for 2014 Eligibility Periods, I stopped my further online part. Totally Your advise will be appreciated!
last one was joke of course
Dont worry nothing will happen to ur money.After 24 hours you will see that new availability period pop ups for 2014. The thing is you need to fill all forms again online which will take your 10-15 mins only.
Wait for approx 24-30 hrs then go to iwa, apply for your step 1 and welcome Btw if you are unsure about your Money go to oasis n check your funds balance if u already paid.
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last one was joke of course
Dont worry nothing will happen to ur money.After 24 hours you will see that new availability period pop ups for 2014. The thing is you need to fill all forms again online which will take your 10-15 mins only.
Wait for approx 24-30 hrs then go to iwa, apply for your step 1 and welcome Btw if you are unsure about your Money go to oasis n check your funds balance if u already paid.
Nevermind, once again thanks for ur guidance
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Nevermind, once again thanks for ur guidance
ur welcome. Btw not my responsibility to say but if u are planning to take ur exam late march then think twice for early april. just bec. if you choose april period then u may delay it until september in case of a problem in ur life.
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Thanks for reply... Could u pls explain me what will be my next step if I need to choose 2014 Eligibility Period in between January-March as I already processed with the 1st step online part by paying $60 but when I came to know that there is no availability for 2014 Eligibility Periods, I stopped my further online part. Totally Your advise will be appreciated!
The $60 is fee for ecfmg certification not step one fees. So that fee and form is completed one u paid the money. For the step one if u started the application procedure but didn't complete then u would loos that information. The announcement ecfmg gave does not result in money lost. U can proof what am saying by checking ur accounts on the ecfmg page.
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ur welcome. Btw not my responsibility to say but if u are planning to take ur exam late march then think twice for early april. just bec. if you choose april period then u may delay it until september in case of a problem in ur life.
Hi! What if I choose Eligibility Period between February 01, 2014 - April 30, 2014, as I plan to give step 1 late March and wot incase I need to extend beyond April ( I mean is there will be any charge to extend then after)?
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Hi! What if I choose Eligibility Period between February 01, 2014 - April 30, 2014, as I plan to give step 1 late March and wot incase I need to extend beyond April ( I mean is there will be any charge to extend then after)?
was 60 usd if remain unchanged, i didnt check but u can check ecfmg web site under payment/fees.
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was 60 usd if remain unchanged, i didnt check but u can check ecfmg web site under payment/fees.
Ya it remains unchanged...it shows:
Your Financial Account Summary
Transaction Date Description Charges Payments/Credits
08 Sep 2013 Payment Detail 60.00
08 Sep 2013 Charge Detail 60.00
12 Sep 2013 CLOSING TOTALS 60.00 60.00
CLOSING BALANCE - AMOUNT IN YOUR ECFMG ACCOUNT $0.00 AS OF 12 Sep 2013

In ur last post u wrote choosing APRIL will have more oppurtunity to extend Eligibility Period through out 2014, wot if I choose between FEB - APRIL, can't I will have options left incase I need to extend without paying them extra fee for extension?? How do u suggest me to go through CHOOSING ELIGIBILITY PERIOD if planning to give 1 step at the end of MARCH?? Please suggest......Thanks
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The $60 is fee for ecfmg certification not step one fees. So that fee and form is completed one u paid the money. For the step one if u started the application procedure but didn't complete then u would loos that information. The announcement ecfmg gave does not result in money lost. U can proof what am saying by checking ur accounts on the ecfmg page.
Thanks for ur time n reply. Everything seems fine when I reviewed my oasis account,it remains unchanged...now I can move ahead..
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Ya it remains unchanged...it shows:
Your Financial Account Summary
Transaction Date Description Charges Payments/Credits
08 Sep 2013 Payment Detail 60.00
08 Sep 2013 Charge Detail 60.00
12 Sep 2013 CLOSING TOTALS 60.00 60.00
CLOSING BALANCE - AMOUNT IN YOUR ECFMG ACCOUNT $0.00 AS OF 12 Sep 2013

In ur last post u wrote choosing APRIL will have more oppurtunity to extend Eligibility Period through out 2014, wot if I choose between FEB - APRIL, can't I will have options left incase I need to extend without paying them extra fee for extension?? How do u suggest me to go through CHOOSING ELIGIBILITY PERIOD if planning to give 1 step at the end of MARCH?? Please suggest......Thanks
If u planning for ending of march then choose March-May.
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Default hi guys need help

hi am a medical graduate and want to apply for exams.

my case is i already have a valid form 186 when i was a student an d its just i dint give my exams earlier.

now as a graduate to register for exam , i was asked to send forms 187 , 344 and 345.

i applied for exams and my online part was accepted. since 186 being valid, i send the aforementioned ones with diploma for verification directly.

the problem is my OASIS record still states THIS
" Medical education credentials not received.
ECFMG sends written notification to applicants concerning the status of their credentials after ECFMG receives and processes the credentials. Refer to the Medical Education Credentials section of the ECFMG Information Booklet for more information".


i sent my papers last week on the same day i applied online. and my courier has reached the destination but donno if ECFMG people have seen it.

i want to know how long it takes for them to update the status? my school participates in EMSWP , so would they make the verification data available online---if so how long would they take? would i get acceptance only after credential verification is done too...?

am scared and confused as i don't know if ecfmg received my papers though the courier has been delivered and nothing has been updated yet?

i tried calling up ECFMG but line are hell busy due to ERAS....

some one plzzz help , as i dont know how to proceed further...if have to send my papers once again or wait....
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Default Where do I get form 344 and 187?

Hi I just applied online for the Step 1..I got 2 form 186..one which needs the sign of medical school official abd the other which needs the sign of notary and school official..I want to know 2 things..
1.which one I need to get signed
2.where do I get form 187 and 344 ..i cant see it on the ecfmg site..

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hi am a medical graduate and want to apply for exams.

my case is i already have a valid form 186 when i was a student an d its just i dint give my exams earlier.

now as a graduate to register for exam , i was asked to send forms 187 , 344 and 345.

i applied for exams and my online part was accepted. since 186 being valid, i send the aforementioned ones with diploma for verification directly.

the problem is my OASIS record still states THIS
" Medical education credentials not received.
ECFMG sends written notification to applicants concerning the status of their credentials after ECFMG receives and processes the credentials. Refer to the Medical Education Credentials section of the ECFMG Information Booklet for more information".


i sent my papers last week on the same day i applied online. and my courier has reached the destination but donno if ECFMG people have seen it.

i want to know how long it takes for them to update the status? my school participates in EMSWP , so would they make the verification data available online---if so how long would they take? would i get acceptance only after credential verification is done too...?

am scared and confused as i don't know if ecfmg received my papers though the courier has been delivered and nothing has been updated yet?

i tried calling up ECFMG but line are hell busy due to ERAS....

some one plzzz help , as i dont know how to proceed further...if have to send my papers once again or wait....


HI.......... i know its been i while but i would like to ask u if u were able to take step 2 ck meanwhile u were waiting for ur medical credentials to be verifed?????????? or iin order to take the step u need the medical credentials verife I AM VERY CONFUSE.. ...... i already send everything and my status reads :
medical education credentials received and verification is pending

CAN I APPLY FOR STEP 2 CK even though verification is pending.?
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