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Certificate Checking medical school diploma with the sample

Hi all,

I am an IMG. I applied for USMLE step 1. Yesterday I received a mail from ECFMG saying that my certification of identification is accepted, but my step 1 application is rejected.
I called them and they said that medical diploma I sent have to be checked with the sample diploma which the medical school will send. They said that they didn't receive the sample diploma from the medical school and that I have to wait till my medical school sends it and then reapply.
Is this a new rule? Because I never heard of the medical school sending the sample diploma. My school doesn't participate in EMSWP.
I am planning to go to my medical school next weak and ask about this. Before that please tell me more about this and how I should proceed...

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The ECFMG is not consistent and they always act on a "case by case" basis.

Maybe, they noticed that your Diploma is different from other Diplomas from your college that they received from other applicants before.

Maybe, they want to verify your credentials before they grant you access to the exam.

Recently, we noticed that the ECFMG either allow applicants to sit the exam WITHOUT credential verification and in other cases they wait until credential verification.

I think what they mean by sample Diploma, is that they want your medical school to stamp a copy of your Diploma and say "True Copy of Original" but am not sure, this is just my guess.
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I called ECFMG again and asked what exactly should my medical school do. They said that medical school should login with their id, fill a form, and send it with the diploma. I dont know whether my school has an id or not. I'll go to my medical school tomorrow and find out. Thanks
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I called ECFMG again and asked what exactly should my medical school do. They said that medical school should login with their id, fill a form, and send it with the diploma. I dont know whether my school has an id or not. I'll go to my medical school tomorrow and find out. Thanks
I am having the 'same' problems. Please tell me what you did after that?
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I am having the 'same' problems. Please tell me what you did after that?
Hi anjalig.12,
I don't know what your problem exactly is. So I am writing whatever happened after that. The actual thing is I studied in a medical school which is one of the many medical schools working under 'NTR health university'. Due to some reasons (unknown to me!!) ECFMG wanted to verify the format of my medical diploma (which is not a routine procedure). So they sent a letter to my UNIVERSITY (not to my medical school!) for 'diploma format verification'. I understood this only after many phone calls and an Email. I went to the university and they said that they didn't receive any letter from the ECFMG. So I called back to ECFMG and told them about this. They said that they would call to the university and do the verification by phone. So I waited for 2-3 days and then I got an email saying that my diploma format verification is completed by phone and that they sent my credentials for verification to my medical school(which is a regular procedure) and that I can apply to my step 1 exam. So I applied, got scheduling permit in 3 wks, scheduled the exam and took it a week back.

If you have any specific problem, quote it and I will try to answer(if I know it)
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I recently applied for my step 2 ck. My form 186 was accepted but the application got rejected. When I called ECFMG, they told me that they needed a sample medical diploma from my medical school with which they would compare my diploma to verify. I had sent photocopies of my medical diploma attested by the dean of my college and with the medical school's seal.
The man from ECFMG clearly said -- "We need your medical school to send a sample medical diploma first"
My medical school will do nothing about it and its upto me to take the next step. What am I supposed to do? Should I send my medical diploma's photocopy with a letter signed by the dean (on an official letterhead) saying that its how an authentic diploma should look like? Will that be sufficient? Only after that will I be able to apply for the exam.
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I recently applied for my step 2 ck. My form 186 was accepted but the application got rejected. When I called ECFMG, they told me that they needed a sample medical diploma from my medical school with which they would compare my diploma to verify. I had sent photocopies of my medical diploma attested by the dean of my college and with the medical school's seal.
The man from ECFMG clearly said -- "We need your medical school to send a sample medical diploma first"
My medical school will do nothing about it and its upto me to take the next step. What am I supposed to do? Should I send my medical diploma's photocopy with a letter signed by the dean (on an official letterhead) saying that its how an authentic diploma should look like? Will that be sufficient? Only after that will I be able to apply for the exam.
I am sorry that I don't have exact idea about how to send a sample medical diploma. But I can suggest you something. Instead of calling the ECFMG, send an E-mail regarding all your doubts (why your application got rejected, what the sample medical diploma should include, whether you will get any confirmation when the verification process is comleted, etc). Also mention that you are the first person from your medical school to apply for USMLE and also that your medical school people do not have a clear idea about the process of sending a sample diploma. You will get a clear reply but it usually takes 15 days (its worth waiting instead of worrying). Meanwhile enquire who is the one issuing your diploma (your medical school or the state wide university). I hope your problem will be solved soon
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