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    JohnI is offline Member 515 points
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    Important information from ecfmg that impacts you

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    SUBJECT: IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM ECFMG THAT IMPACTS YOU

    Dear Doctor:

    ECFMG records indicate that you are a student or graduate of one of the following schools in Saint Lucia:

    - American International Medical University School of Medicine
    - Atlantic University School of Medicine
    - College of Medicine and Health Sciences; Saint Lucia
    - International American University College of Medicine
    - Washington Medical Sciences Institute

    and you have not yet obtained ECFMG Certification.

    For students/graduates of a medical school to be eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification, ECFMG must have, among other things, confirmation from the appropriate ministry in the medical school's host country that: (1) the medical school is recognized as a medical school by the ministry; and (2) that graduates from that medical school are eligible to be licensed to practice medicine in the medical school's host country.

    ECFMG has been advised by the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development of Saint Lucia ("Ministry") that graduates of your medical school are not currently eligible for medical licensure in Saint Lucia. We are advised by the Ministry that one of the reasons why your school's graduates are not eligible for medical licensure in Saint Lucia is that your school is not currently accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (CAAM-HP).

    Therefore, effective today, ECFMG's Sponsor Note in the World Directory for your medical school has been updated to reflect that 2018 and later graduates of your medical school are no longer eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or to register for USMLE examinations as a step toward ECFMG Certification.

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    WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU

    Current Students Who Expect to Graduate after January 1, 2018 or Later:

    As of January 1, 2018, students and graduates of this medical school are no longer eligible for ECFMG Certification or to register for USMLE examinations as a step toward ECFMG Certification.

    In order to remain eligible for ECFMG Certification (or to register for the USMLE examinations as a step toward ECFMG Certification) after January 1, 2018, your school would need to be confirmed by the Ministry as being able to have graduates practice medicine in St. Lucia, or you must transfer to and/or be officially enrolled in a medical school that is listed in the World Directory as meeting the eligibility requirements for its students and graduates to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification and to register for USMLE examination. In addition, the "Graduation Years" in the ECFMG note on the Sponsor Notes tab of the World Directory listing for the medical school must be listed as "Current."

    If you are registered for a USMLE examination with an eligibility period that extends into 2018 and you take the examination in 2018, you must be enrolled in a medical school as described above. If you are not officially enrolled in a medical school whose students and graduates are eligible for ECFMG Certification as described above, and you take the USMLE examination, this may be considered irregular behavior.

    If you have questions if the school you are transferring to is eligible for ECFMG Certification or for you to be able to register for USMLE examinations as a step toward ECFMG Certification, please contact us at (215) 386 - 5900.

    2017 and Earlier Graduates:

    If you graduated in 2017 or earlier, you will continue to remain eligible to apply to ECFMG for ECFMG Certification.

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    Your medical school has also been advised of this information.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact an Applicant Information Services Advisor at (215) 386-5900 or info@ecfmg.org.

    Sincerely,



    ECFMG
    3624 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104




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    Any update on this? Did schools listed in the letter work with ECFMG and Ministry to resolve this issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summer2013 View Post
    Any update on this? Did schools listed in the letter work with ECFMG and Ministry to resolve this issue?
    Hey, I was told by the Admin in Lucia that they all contacted the Minister of Education and she apologized. But I have no idea how long or slow (it is the Caribbean) they will take to make the ECFMG folks fix this. Is anyone else tired of the politics of medicine effecting our futures? ANYONE?

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    JohnI is offline Member 515 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladysman View Post
    Hey, I was told by the Admin in Lucia that they all contacted the Minister of Education and she apologized.

    LOL,that was a good one!

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    Until the official correction is made, we have to go with the current information and we are no longer eligible after 1/1/2018 for ECFMG Certificaiton. Hope they will make the correction soon.

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    [QUOTE=Summer2013;1531409]Until the official correction is made, we have to go with the current information and we are no longer eligible after 1/1/2018 for ECFMG Certificaiton. Hope they will make the correction soon.[/QUOTE

    Hey Summer, guess that means your headed home, withdrawing and getting a job. Good Luck to you. What a downer you are to all of us.

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    The real question is who initiated this very strange occurrence at this stage, and why? Was it ECFMG requesting such information or did the host government ministry provide such information?

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    JohnI is offline Member 515 points
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumphries View Post
    The real question is who initiated this very strange occurrence at this stage, and why? Was it ECFMG requesting such information or did the host government ministry provide such information?

    the government has to submit this information to ECFMG

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    After contacting Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and other Health Professions, they told me that the school has not started any paperwork to get this issue resolved.

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    ..........
    Last edited by psychvmd; 12-23-2017 at 10:14 PM.

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