GNYHA hosted a webinar last week featuring the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to discuss current activities and services for international medical graduates (IMGs). The ECFMG assesses whether IMGs are adequately prepared to enter US residency or fellowship programs and sponsors the J-1 training visa, the primary visa used by residents in teaching hospitals.

Over the years, the ECFMG has examined data associated with IMGs and subsequent workforce trends. During the webinar, ECFMG representatives reported certifying more than 9,000 IMGs in 2018 and noted increases in IMG residency match rates overall. New York State ranks second in the nation for states with significant proportions of IMGs in the physician workforce. The ECFMG also discussed its 2023 accreditation initiative, which requires IMGs seeking ECFMG certification to graduate from medical schools accredited by agencies recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (by the year 2023). To date, 14 agencies have been recognized to accredit more than 3,100 medical schools now operating across the globe.

Webinar materials are available here. GNYHA will continue to work with the ECFMG to update members on matters pertaining to IMGs.