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USMLE and ECFMG Certification


The University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) understands the importance of having its programs accredited so that our students may be eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE) and apply for certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This certification is required for international medical school graduates to obtain residencies and licensing to practice medicine in the United States.


An important first step is to be accredited in the country where the school is located. UMHS was granted provisional accreditation by the St. Christopher and Nevis Accreditation Board, an arm of the Ministry of Education on January 1, 2008.


The next step is for the school to be listed in the International Medical Education Directory


(IMED) of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). UMHS received this listing in June 2008.


As a result of the IMED listing and our accreditation, students at UMHS are now eligible to sit for the United States Medical Licensing Examinations.


Graduates that have successfully passed Step 1 and Step 2 CK and CS of the USMLE may be eligible for ECFMG certification which is required to obtain a residency in the United States.


Step 3 of the USMLE is taken after graduation.


To be eligible for licensure graduates must have successfully passed all three steps of the USMLE and satisfied the specific State requirements. Since licensure requirements vary by state, we urge all students to contact their licensure board(s) for further details.


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