AUA Graduates eligible for ECFMG Certification.

International medical graduates wishing to enter a residency program or fellowship program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States, must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) before entering the program. Graduates must also be certified by ECFMG if they wish to take Step 3 of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®). ECFMG Certification is required to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States. The purpose of ECFMG Certification is to assess the readiness of international medical graduates to enter U.S. residency and fellowship programs that are accredited by the ACGME .More information can be found on the official website:


Step 1 is utilized to test a student’s overall basic science knowledge before entering clinical rotations. A student is eligible to sit for Step 1 after successfully passing the Basic Science component of medical education and the fifth semester. A student must sit for Step 1 for the first time within six (6) months of eligibility. Furthermore, a student must pass the USMLE Step 1 in no more than three (3) attempts within one (1) calendar year of becoming eligible to do so.