ECFMG certification is currently required for graduates of non-LCME or non-AOA accredited programs. Please note that starting in 2024, in accordance with ECFMG policy, ECFMG will begin a new “Recognized Accreditation Policy.” For more information, please see the ECFMG website: www.ecfmg.org/accreditation/.
To satisfy the education requirements for licensure as a physician, you must present evidence of both A and B below.
- Preprofessional Education:
Satisfactory completion of 60 semester hours of college study from a New York State registered program or the equivalent as determined by the New York State Education Department.
- Professional Education:
- Graduates of Registered or Accredited Medical Programs
Satisfactory completion of a medical program registered by the New York State Education Department as licensure-qualifying* or accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and have received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or the equivalent.
*Does not include schools outside the U.S. that have received Department approval solely to contract for medical clinical experiences (clerkships) in New York State.
- Graduates of Non-accredited Medical Programs
Satisfactory completion of the following:
- A curriculum of not less than 32 months (4 academic years) in a medical program recognized as an acceptable educational program for physicians by the appropriate civil authorities of the country in which the school is located and receipt of the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or the equivalent as determined by the Department. You must complete the final year of medical education at the school that awarded you the degree.
- A satisfactory proficiency examination. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification will satisfy this requirement.
Your professional education must include supervised clinical clerkships (clinical rotations) as an integral part of the clinical component of your medical education program, that take place in a general hospital or another acceptable health care facility. Clinical clerkships must be performed in accordance with the laws and regulations of the jurisdiction in which they take place.
If you graduated from a non-LCME-accredited medical school located in one country but completed one or more clinical clerkships in a different country, those clerkships must be certified (Form 2CC). This information is not collected by the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS). For each hospital in which you have completed such a clerkship, the Director of Medical Education or Department Chair must certify your completion of the clerkships.
The following schools have been approved by the New York State Education Department to allow students to complete more than 12 weeks of clinical clerkships in New York State. Form 2CC is not needed for those graduates who completed all clerkships after the approval date listed below. Note: Form 2CC is required for any clerkships completed prior to that approval date. The schools are:
- American University of Antigua, Antigua (June 2006)
- American University of the Caribbean, Cupecoy, St. Martin (March 2003)
- The Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Mexico (March 2000)
- English Language Program, University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center, Medical School, Debrecen, Hungary (December 2005)
- English Language Program, Medical University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland (September 1999)
- English Language Program, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland (June 2000)
- Fatima College of Medicine, Manila, Philippines (June 1988)
- International Health and Medicine Program, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Beer-Sheva, Israel (February 2002)
- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India (April 2005)
- Medical University of the Americas/Nevis, Nevis, West Indies (March 2006)
- Ross University School of Medicine, Bridgetown, Barbados (October 1999)
- Saba University School of Medicine, The Bottom, Saba (August 2005)
- St. George's University School of Medicine, St. George's, Grenada (January 1987)
- St. Matthew's University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (April 2004)
- Technion Israel Institute of Technology - Technion American Medical Students Program (TEAMS), Haifa, Israel (July 2014)
- The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (March, 2017)
- Xavier University School of Medicine, Oranjestad, Aruba (July, 2020)
Child Abuse Identification Reporting:
In addition to the professional education requirement, every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law. See additional information and a list of approved providers for this training.
Infection Control and Barrier Precautions:
Every applicant for licensure as a physician or limited permit to practice medicine must complete approved coursework or training appropriate to the professional's practice in infection control and barrier precautions, including engineering and work practice controls, to prevent the transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the hepatitis B virus (HBV) in the course of professional practice. See additional information and a list of approved providers for this training.
Proof of Education
IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective December 1, 2002, all graduates of medical education programs that are not LCME or AOA accredited or registered by New York State will be required to use the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).
To ensure authenticity of credentials, the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions requires that your qualifications for licensure be verified independently.
In the profession of Medicine, the New York State Education Department recognizes the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) as an approved credentials verification organization.
The Federation Credentials Verification Services (FCVS) is operated by the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc. , a national nonprofit organization that provides services for state medical and osteopathic licensing authorities in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Its primary purpose is to provide a centralized, uniform process for state licensing authorities - as well as private, governmental and commercial entities - to obtain a verified, primary source record of a physician's "core" credentials.
By using FCVS to verify your credentials, you will establish a permanent repository of primary source-verified documents. Once your file is established, these documents will be available for your use at any time. The documents that FCVS verifies and stores for you fall into the following categories:
- Medical Education
- Postgraduate Training
- Examination History (state licensing authorities only)
- Board Action/Disciplinary History
- ECFMG Certification (if applicable)
Based on the verification of the above, a concise, non-interpretive "Physician Information Profile" (Profile) is compiled and forwarded to the entity of your choice. Based upon your request, FCVS will forward your Profile to state licensing authorities, hospitals, employers and professional memberships. Once New York State receives your Profile, we will evaluate your education for compliance with New York licensure requirements.
You pay FCVS a fee for gathering and forwarding your initial Profile, and only a processing fee for forwarding additional Profiles (called "Subsequent Requests"). Average processing time to collect and forward your initial Profile is approximately 8 weeks (graduates from medical schools outside the U.S. generally take 2-3 weeks longer). Once your permanent file is established, Subsequent Requests are typically forwarded within 2-3 weeks.
The FCVS is designed to benefit physicians in documenting their qualifications for a career in medicine. The New York State Education Department encourages physicians to use the services of FCVS. Effective December 1, 2002 FCVS is required for certain medical school graduates (explained above).
Most physicians will benefit greatly throughout their career by having their credentials permanently stored and easily accessible. The direct verification procedures meet New York's standards and provide for transmission of credentials to other states for licensure purposes in future years. However, FCVS services may not serve the needs of all applicants. If you are not required to use FCVS and you are applying for a limited permit, we suggest you contact FCVS before deciding to use its services. With these two groups, establishing a Profile with FCVS may not meet short-term needs but may still be a long-term option for your impending career in medicine. Therefore, applicants who are not required to use FCVS should discuss with FCVS the appropriateness of using its services based upon their individual situation.
In addition, in certain circumstances where direct verification of credentials cannot be accomplished, despite diligent efforts by FCVS, it will be necessary for the applicant to work with the New York State Education Department's Office of the Professions to obtain satisfactory independent verification of education.
The Office of the Professions accepts Physician Information Profiles compiled by FCVS. Contact FCVS at 888-ASK-FCVS (or outside the U.S. at 1-817- 868-5000) for additional information regarding the service and its fees. If you choose to use FCVS, you must still apply for licensure in New York State by submitting the Application for Licensure (Form 1), licensure fee of $735, and certain other documentation.
If your credentials are already on file with FCVS, contact FCVS directly at the above number to have them forwarded to the New York State Education Department.
- Graduates of New York State programs registered as licensure qualifying or accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA):
You have two options (whichever you choose, the New York State Education Department will determine the acceptability of your credentials):
- You may have the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS) collect and forward your credentials to the New York State Education Department. OR
- You may have your Registrar's office forward a completed Certification of Professional Education (Form 2) which documents that you have satisfactorily completed all requirements for your degree*. The Registrar's office must send the completed Certification of Professional and Preprofessional Education (Form 2) directly to:
The New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234-1000.
*NOTE for individuals using Option B: Forms and transcripts sent from the originating institution to the Department must be enclosed in a sealed official school envelope bearing the institution's name and address. Verifying organizations may take eight weeks or more from the date of your request to send the required independent verifications. The Office of the Professions cannot officially evaluate your credentials until we receive the required documentation. Please consider this time factor in deciding when to submit your application for licensure.
- Graduates of programs not registered as licensure qualifying by New York State or accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
You must have your educational credentials verified by an independent credentials verification organization acceptable to the Department. In the profession of medicine that is the Federation Credentials Verification Service (FCVS).
To obtain an application and instructions to complete the FCVS process, contact FCVS. The FCVS credentials verification process is a process for verifying the authenticity of your educational credentials. It is not an evaluation process. The FCVS process does not indicate approval by the New York State Education Department of the content of your education. After your educational credentials are independently obtained by FCVS they will be evaluated by the New York State Education Department and you will be advised in writing of the results.