The ECFMG Information Booklet contains all information regarding the process of gaining certification in the United States. It is highly recommended all students read this booklet before starting the certification process. A brief fact sheet is also available for a concise summary.

What is ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates)?

  • ECFMG processes all IMG documents and submits them to ERAS.

What is ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)?

  • ERAS is a depository of all residency application documents.

What is NRMP (National Resident Matching Program)?

  • NRMP collects the preferences of applicants and program directors for available residency positions and does the “lottery” for the Match. 

View the OCS Operations & Student Affairs presentation on MSPE-LORs-2017 Program Requirements

1. Residency Application Timeline

For the 2018 Match Season

AAMC Residency Applicant Timeline

June 20th 

  • Obtain your ERAS token in the ERAS Support Services section of ECFMG's OASIS. Click here to view details regarding tokens.
  • Register in MyERAS with your token at AAMC’s MyERAS website.
  • Once registered, you can begin working on your application and start submitting supporting documents.

June 30th 

August (After release of Semester 1 grades)

  • Order official academic transcript for residency applications. - As soon as Semester 1 grades are released in SiNet (a few weeks after Rotation 3), then grades are available on your transcripts. DO NOT order until grades from Rotation 3 appear on SiNet.
  • We have organized a process with the UQ Student Centre to expedite this - follow the steps below.
    • Order your transcript online
    • Follow the Order Online process (the address you enter is irrelevant)
    • Select the first item - "Academic Transcript" and select ASAP for the Date. Only one needs to be ordered.
    • In the Distribution Details section, select the "Hold at Student Centre for Collection" and choose the St. Lucia campus
    • In the Additional Comments/Instructions box type: "Herston Campus collection by Faculty of Medicine staff"
  • You must order your transcripts no later than mid-August – exact date will be provided later to ensure they are processed and ready for collection by the UQ Medicine Staff. They will scan your transcripts so that OCS Admin can upload them to ECFMG. 
  • NOTE: Any outstanding fees on SiNet must be paid in advance in order to receive your transcript.

August 31st

  • A general guideline of when to have all LORs submitted for uploading.
  • All MSPE meetings with Ochsner Medical Society Heads should have taken place.

September 6th

  • Applicants start submitting ERAS applications to programs.

September 15th

  • Residency programs can begin downloading all documents, except the MSPE.
  • Applicants begin registering for the Match through NRMP website.

September 18th

October 1st

  • MSPEs are released to residency programs.

    November 30th

    • NRMP registration deadline. After this date, there will be an additional fee.

    Mid-January 2018

    • Rank order list entry begins.

    February 21, 2018

    • Rank order list deadline at 9:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time in the United States).
    • Applicants must register for or withdraw from the Main Residency Match.

    March 12-16, 2018

    • Match week


    For all enquiries regarding registration and certification requirements for Ochsner students, please contact the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs:

    Phone: +1 504 842 0197
    Email: or or