Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

What is the ECFMG?
Medical credentials sent to the ECFMG
Medical credentials sent to an institution by the ECFMG
Confirmation of a medical credential that was previously source verified through the ECFMG

What is the ECFMG?

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is a service provider contracted by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) for the source verification of international medical credentials. For inquiries on the source verification of your medical credentials, you must contact the MCC and not the ECFMG.

Medical credentials sent to the ECFMG

  • Once your medical credentials are received at the ECFMG, they will be sent by regular mail or e-verification, within 2 to 3 business days, to the institutions that issued them
    • the ECFMG provides the institution with:
      • a copy of your medical credential
      • a form to be completed and signed by the institution
      • an ECFMG pre-addressed envelope
  • Confirmation by the issuing institution usually takes up to 100 days and sometimes longer. The length of time for confirmation can vary due to the amount of time some issuing institutions take to respond to the source verification request
  • Once confirmed by the issuing institution, the confirmation is processed at the ECFMG, a process that lasts approximately 10 business days
  • Candidates are encouraged to contact the institution that issued their medical credentials to inquire about their source verification sent by the ECFMG

Medical credentials sent to the institution

  • If after 60 days, the ECFMG has not received a source verification confirmation from the institution, it will send another source verification request to the institution
    • this process will be repeated until three verification requests have been sent
  • If there is no response from the institution after 60 days, candidates can send a message from their physiciansapply.ca account to request to have their documents sent by courier
    • the candidate will be responsible to register with a courier service company, e.g.,: Fedex, and pay for all related expenses
  • In order to allow for processing, it can take up to 10 business days before the candidate sees a status change in his or her account once the ECFMG receives the confirmation from the issuing institution

Confirmation of a medical credential that was previously source verified through the ECFMG

  • Confirmation from the ECFMG of a previously source verified medical credential (when the candidate already has an ECFMG International Credentials Services —or EICS— number) can take up to 10 business days

For more information on a source verification confirmation, see the Document statuses.