Students are reminded that application for medical licensure is a separate process from completion of the M.D. degree. The right to obtain medical licensure is determined by the medical licensing boards of each state or country. The completion of the M.D. degree is one of several requirements for licensure in the United States. Students seeking U.S. licensure and residencies must take and pass the requisite steps of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and complete all requirements specified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Fourth-year students apply for a spot in an accredited residency program, which is usually done through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
In addition to obtaining passing grades on the USMLE, students are responsible for maintaining their residency/citizenship status and/or securing the appropriate visa to pursue licensure and residency training in the United States. The Medical School for International Health assists students who are in good standing with registration for the USMLE and ERAS. The school encourages its students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who seek U.S. licensure and residency to register for USMLE Steps 1, the 2CK (Clinical Knowledge Exam), and 2CS (Clinical Skills Exam) and apply for the J-1 visa, as recommended by ERAS. The school does not procure visas or provide advice on immigration matters that are not related to one's full-time student status.
The USMLE is offered in Tel Aviv, Israel, and throughout the United States. Other test locations around the world are listed on the ECFMG website, which can be found at www.ecfmg.org.