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

2. United States Residency Links

The process of applying for residency in the United States is run by the Ochsner Clinical School Office of Student Affairs. General information for any student applying to the United States is available here.

Match Information Links

Career Search Links

Professional Organisations

Specialty-Specific Links

Medical School Success Links

Miscellaneous Links


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