I refer this post to the recent mail that I received from the General Medical Council in relation to ECFMG credential verification. I went through the whole process while getting myself registered with the Irish Medical Council and thought it will be useful sharing with people who are preparing either for IELTS, PLAB 1 or PLAB 2 as this process is quite dense and complicated.
What is ECFMG?
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates or ECFMG is a primary source verification body for the verification of credentials of international medical graduates. We have to verify only our primary medical qualification (medical degree).
The process usually starts with making an account on ECFMG by putting all your personal details, date of graduation, uploading a passport size picture and the name of your university.
It will cost you 75 dollars.
After a couple of days, you will get an email from ECFMG with your username and password. And you can access your account.
After logging in, there will be a form in your account that you need to download and get it signed either by a solicitor or oath commissioner. This form will confirm your identity (that you are the same person who made the account on ECFMG). You have to upload this form in your account and after 3 to 4 working days, you will receive an email telling you that your account is fully authorized.
At this point, you can upload your primary medical qualification in your account. It will again cost you 75 dollars. Please make sure to select express post by paying 30 dollars more. Although you can avail the service of the free post and can save your 30 dollars, it will waste your time and there is no any guarantee that the report will be delivered. If you opt for express post, they will give you a tracking number. Keep tracking.
They will send the report to your medical college or university. Once it is delivered, get it signed by dean or principle of your respective institution and send it back via express post to ECFMG. It does take 15 days for them to verify the report send by your college or university. Once verified, you can send the report in 15 dollars to any regulatory body like GMC of your verified credentials and that’s it.
The process usually takes an immense amount of effort, follow up and time, so make sure to start the process while you are still in your home country.
(This post was written by Syed Nouman Mohsin on 04 February 2018 and published here with his permission).