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

6. CV and Personal Statement

CV & Personal Statement Workflow for Ochsner Students

  1. Transfer your information into the CV template; use the Personal Statement Guide to write your first draft.
  2. Attend a workshop if you have questions.
    • Schedule of CV/Personal Statement Workshops - 5:00-6:00 PM (Academic Testing Center)
      • Thursday, February 23rd
      • Thursday, March 30th
      • Thursday, April 20th
      • Thursday, May 25th
  3. Meet with your Medical Society Head for CV and personal statement review.
  4. Submit to Ochsner Publishing Services ( for final review. 


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