Medical Residency Application Tips
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Internal Medicine:

IMG Friendly

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=80

Both H1 & J1 visas

Either H1 or J1

Non-recent grad and USMLE scores <=80

Family Medicine:

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=80

Green Card only

Both H1 & J1

Either H1 visa or J1 visa

IMG friendly Family Practice Residency Programs

Pediatrics:

No Minimum USMLE Scores

Both H1 & J1

Either H1 visa or J1 visa

FMG or IMG Friendly Pediatrics Residency Programs

Ob/Gyn:

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=80

Both H1 & J1

Either H1 or J1

IMG Friendly Residency Programs

General Surgery:

IMG Friendly Residencies

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=85

Both H1 & J1 visas

Either H1 or J1

Non-recent grad

Psychiatry:

USMLE Scores of 80 or less

Both H1 and J1 visas

Either H1 or J1 visas

IMG Friendly Psychiatry Residency Programs
Some general application tips:                  Tips for non-recent IMGs
(Last updated: August 31, 2008)

1. Apply Early. The early bird catches the worm. Most medical residency programs have limited interview slots. According to FREIDA, on an average a Family Practice Residency Program interviews 50 applicants and an Internal Medicine Residency Program interviews 189 applicants. Normally a program receives applications, reviews them and sends out invitations for interviews. Usually all residency interview slots would be filled up quickly. If you apply after this happens, chances are even if you meet or even exceed the requirements, your application will not be reviewed. So, before 1st September, you should already have finalized the programs you plan to apply. And, you should apply as early as possible in the first week of September itself.

2. (Again) Apply Early. In case you missed the above point or underestimated the importance of applying early, read on. Programs are likely to be flexible in the beginning of the application season. This is the time when they don't know how the applicant pool is going to be. In fact, most programs in InfoIMG database recommend applying early. If you are already ECFMG certified, not applying early is inexcusable. If you have passing USMLE scores, it becomes even more important that you apply early. As the interview season winds down, the program personnel are sometimes worn out and not that much enthusiastic.

3. Call it evidence-based-application. There is a program that claims to consider all applications including those from IMGs. But, except one, not a single resident in the program's 30 years history was an IMG. One should rather read it as "IMGs need not apply". In general, if a program has not had any IMG in last 5 years, chances are IMGs won't be taken this year too. Whenever available, InfoIMG has collected the "Number to total IMGs" and "Number of PGY-1 IMGs" or "%IMGs" in a program.

4. Programs take IMGs, but most of them are US-IMGs. US citizens and permanent residents (aka, green card holders) who went to medical schools outside the US are called US-IMGs. They do not need H1 or J1 visa to pursue medical residency training in the USA. Most of the US-IMGs go to the Caribbean Medical Schools. In some cases, if you go through program's website, you might find most of the IMGs are US-IMGs. These programs prefer undergraduate degree from a US university or feel comfortable with Caribbean Medical Schools graduates. If you are a US-IMG, your chances will be better at such programs. On the other side, if you are not a US-IMG, it is best not to have high degree of optimism about those programs. Whenever available, InfoIMG has collected this data too and can use it for your query. For the 2009 match; we have included a column labeled "%Caribbean IMGs" for our Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob/Gyn and Psychiatry lists.

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