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Special Instructions and FAQs for Applicants to the Medical Council of Guyana

Special Instructions

ECFMG partners with the Medical Council of Guyana to primary-source verify medical credentials of internationally educated physicians who are applying for registration to practice medicine in Guyana. If you are applying for registration with the Medical Council of Guyana and you obtained your basic medical qualification in a country other than Guyana, you may be required to have certain medical credentials verified through EPIC.

To have your credentials verified through EPIC in support of an application to the Medical Council of Guyana, complete the following steps:

  • Step 1 – Confirm that you are eligible for registration with the Medical Council of Guyana.

    To be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of Guyana, please visit https://medicalcouncil.org.gy/ or contact the Council at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.
  • Step 2 – Complete your application for registration with the Medical Council of Guyana.
  • Step 3 – Establish an EPIC Account.

    See Getting Started for complete instructions. Once ECFMG has processed your request and established your EPIC Account, ECFMG will e-mail you login information so you can access your EPIC Account.
  • Step 4 – Confirm your identity with EPIC.

    See Confirming Your Identity with EPIC for detailed information. Confirming your identity with EPIC requires you to submit an EPIC Identification Form (EIF). Once this form has been accepted by ECFMG, you will be able to upload credentials required by the Medical Council of Guyana to EPIC for primary-source verification.
  • Step 5 – Upload each credential required by the Medical Council of Guyana and select the Medical Council of Guyana to receive an EPIC Report once the credential is verified.

    Log in to your EPIC Account and upload the required credentials for primary-source verification. See Credentials Required by the Medical Council of Guyana below to determine which credentials you need to upload.

    As you upload each credential, be sure to select the Medical Council of Guyana to receive an EPIC Report once the credential is verified. Because the Medical Council of Guyana has requested to be notified when their applicants' credentials have been sent for verification through EPIC, a notification will be provided to the Medical Council of Guyana when your credential is sent for verification. This notification will include a copy of the credential that you have submitted for verification. For more information on notifications, see the About EPIC Notifications section of the FAQs for Physicians page.

    Note: If your credentials have already been primary-source verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or through ECFMG’s International Credentials Services (EICS), you do not need to upload the credentials that were previously verified by ECFMG. These credentials will be added to your EPIC Portfolio at no cost. Simply provide your ECFMG/USMLE ID and/or EICS ID when you establish your EPIC Account. ECFMG will review your file typically within 10 business days; if your file is acceptable, ECFMG will add your previously verified credentials to your EPIC Portfolio.
  • Step 6 – Ensure reports on all required, verified credentials have been sent to the Medical Council of Guyana.

    If you selected the Medical Council of Guyana to receive an EPIC Report when a credential was uploaded, that report will be sent to the Council automatically when the credential is verified.

    If you did not select the Medical Council of Guyana to receive an EPIC Report at the time you uploaded a credential, you must go to the “My Reports” tab in your EPIC Account and request an EPIC Report for the Medical Council of Guyana. Be sure to select the Medical Council of Guyana from the drop-down list when sending your report.

If you have questions regarding the Medical Council of Guyana’s application processes, please contact the Medical Council of Guyana by sending an e-mail to secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

Credentials Required by the Medical Council of Guyana

Credentials required by the Medical Council of Guyana are:

  • Final Medical Diploma
  • Final Medical School Transcript
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credential (if applicable)
  • Specialist Qualification (if applicable)
  • Medical Registration Certificates/Licenses to Practice Medicine (must be valid within 90 days of application to the Council)

Please note that the Medical Council requires that a Certificate of Current Professional Status/Good Standing be sent directly to the Medical Council from all overseas registration authorities with whom you are registered. Please contact the Council directly for information on how to submit these documents; verification through EPIC of a Medical Registration/License to Practice Medicine will not substitute for this purpose.

For more information on applying to the Medical Council of Guyana for registration to practice medicine in Guyana, please visit the Council’s website at https://medicalcouncil.org.gy or contact the Council at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

If you have any questions regarding EPIC and the EPIC verification process, please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org or +1 (215) 966-3900. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please also read the general Frequently Asked Questions in the For Physicians section of the website.

About Applying to the Medical Council of Guyana

I am applying to the Medical Council of Guyana for registration; do I need to use EPIC?

Medical graduates applying for registration to the Medical Council of Guyana who obtained their basic medical qualification outside Guyana may need to create an EPIC Account and have certain credentials primary-source verified through EPIC. If you are unsure about whether you need to have your credentials verified through EPIC, please contact the Medical Council of Guyana at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

Which credentials do I need to submit to the Medical Council of Guyana through EPIC?

The following credentials are required by the Medical Council of Guyana in support of your application for registration to practice medicine in Guyana:

  • Final Medical Diploma
  • Final Medical School Transcript
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Credential (if applicable)
  • Specialist Qualification (if applicable)
  • Medical Registration Certificates/Licenses to Practice Medicine (must be valid within 90 days of application to the Council)

Please note that the Medical Council requires that a Certificate of Current Professional Status/Good Standing be sent directly to the Medical Council from all overseas registration authorities with whom you are registered. Please contact the Council directly for information on how to submit these documents; verification through EPIC of a Medical Registration/License to Practice Medicine will not substitute for this purpose.

If you have questions regarding the credentials you are required to submit, please contact the Medical Council of Guyana at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

How far in advance of applying for registration to the Council do I need to upload my credentials to EPIC?

We recommend that you create an EPIC Account and upload your credentials to EPIC as soon as possible after you have decided to apply to the Medical Council of Guyana. Through EPIC, your credentials are verified directly with the issuing institution. The time required to complete the verification of credentials varies and depends on a number of factors, including the time it takes for the issuing institution to respond to our verification requests.

About Using EPIC

Will I have access to my medical credentials after I apply to the Medical Council of Guyana?

Yes. The credentials that you upload to EPIC remain available to you as part of your EPIC Portfolio. You can use EPIC to send copies of these credentials along with reports verifying their authenticity to organizations worldwide at any time throughout your career.

Will the Medical Council of Guyana have access to my EPIC Portfolio?

No. The Medical Council of Guyana will not have direct access to your EPIC Portfolio. The Council will have access only to the credentials, notifications, and verification reports that you make available to them through EPIC.

I requested that EPIC Reports on my verified credentials be provided to the Medical Council of Guyana. How do I know if the Medical Council of Guyana received the verification reports and copies of my credentials?

Once your credentials have been verified and EPIC Reports have been sent to the Medical Council of Guyana, the Council will have access to the reports and copies of your credentials through the EPIC Report Portal. If you need to confirm whether the Medical Council of Guyana has accessed your reports through the Report Portal, contact the Council at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

Can I select the Medical Council of Guyana to receive EPIC Reports only once, or should I do it for every credential individually?

An EPIC Report will only be sent for a credential if you indicate a report should be sent to the Medical Council of Guyana for that credential. You should request a report for the Medical Council of Guyana for each credential required by the Council.

Do I need to use EPIC when applying to the Medical Council of Guyana if my credentials have already been verified by ECFMG for a purpose other than applying to the Medical Council of Guyana?

If your credentials have already been primary-source verified by ECFMG for ECFMG Certification or through ECFMG’s International Credentials Services (EICS), you will need to create an EPIC Account and use EPIC to provide your credentials and verification reports to the Medical Council of Guyana. However, you will not need to upload the credentials that were previously verified by ECFMG; they will be added to your EPIC Account at no cost. Simply provide your ECFMG/USMLE ID and/or EICS ID when you establish your EPIC Account. ECFMG will review your file typically within 10 business days; if your file is acceptable, ECFMG will add your previously verified credentials to your EPIC Portfolio.

If I have questions or problems regarding EPIC, should I contact EPIC or the Council?

If you have questions regarding EPIC’s services—such as creating an EPIC Account, uploading your credentials, managing your portfolio, the verification process, sending verification reports, or fees—please contact EPIC at info@ecfmgepic.org or +1 (215) 966-3900. Telephone assistance is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States.

If you have questions regarding applying to the Medical Council of Guyana—such as necessary documentation, required credentials, or registration categories—please contact the Council at secretarymedicalcouncil@gmail.com.

Last updated February 20, 2020