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What is EPIC?

The Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) offers primary-source verification of medical credentials to physicians and organizations worldwide. In verifying the authenticity of physician credentials related to medical education, training, and registration/licensure, EPIC employs the same world-class, primary-source verification process used by ECFMG to verify credentials for other ECFMG services, including ECFMG Certification, the standard for international physicians entering the U.S. health care system. EPIC’s services are delivered through a web-based platform that offers users security, convenience, and efficiency. To learn more about how EPIC works, visit the How EPIC Works page.

Primary-source Verification
Primary-source verification or source verification is, by definition, confirming authenticity directly with the source. For a credential (qualification), this means confirming that the credential is authentic directly with the institution that issued the credential. It is a best practice and the best protection against fraudulent credentials. ECFMG’s rigorous primary-source verification process for medical education credentials is required for international medical graduates who train and practice in the United States. It also provides assurance to organizations worldwide that the medical credentials of their physician applicants are authentic.

For the world’s physicians, EPIC is an innovative way to build a digital career portfolio of the credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/licensure—a portfolio that can grow with their careers. Physicians can upload credentials to their portfolio, have those credentials primary-source verified by ECFMG, and request reports verifying the authenticity of those credentials for organizations worldwide. Whether pursuing education, training, registration/licensure, employment, research, volunteer or other opportunities, physicians must demonstrate their qualifications throughout their careers. EPIC is a convenient and secure way to provide their verified credentials to organizations around the world.

For the organizations worldwide that are responsible for evaluating physician qualifications, EPIC provides the opportunity to incorporate primary-source verification—the highest standard in credentials verification and the best protection against fraudulent credentials—into the evaluation of their applicants’ credentials. ECFMG provides EPIC to organizations such as medical regulatory authorities, hospitals, credential verification organizations, and academic institutions at no cost. By using EPIC, these organizations—regardless of their size, resources, or location—can make primary-source verification a part of their processes for evaluating their physician applicants and furthering their mission of protecting the public.

Unmatched Expertise in Evaluating Physician Credentials

EPIC is a service of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), a world leader in promoting quality health care. ECFMG serves physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning.

Throughout its 60 years of experience in evaluating physician credentials, ECFMG has established relationships with thousands of medical schools, postgraduate training programs, and medical regulatory authorities worldwide. With 30 years of experience in primary-source verification of physician credentials, ECFMG is able to offer unparalleled expertise in the medical credentials issued to physicians around the world. ECFMG’s Medical Credentials Reference Library is a one-of-a-kind resource on the world’s medical education credentials that captures ECFMG’s interactions with more than 2,400 medical schools in more than 180 countries or territories, and contains samples of authentic verified credentials, such as medical diplomas, licenses, certificates of registration, and medical school transcripts, as well as official signatures and institutional seals. ECFMG’s multi-step primary-source verification process is recognized worldwide for its rigorous authentication of physician credentials.

Last updated June 30, 2016