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

Non-recent IMG & Passing USMLE scores

Pediatrics:

No Minimum USMLE Scores

Both H1 & J1

Either H1 visa or J1 visa

No Min or <=80 AND no exp

IMG Friendly Pediatrics Residency Programs

Psychiatry:

No Minimum USMLE Scores

Green Card/Citizens & <=80

Both H1&J1 AND <=80

IMG Friendly Psychiatry Residency Programs

Ob/Gyn:

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=80

Both H1 & J1

Either H1 or J1

IMG Friendly Obgyn Residency Programs

General Surgery:

IMG Friendly list

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=85

Both H1 & J1 visas

Either H1 or J1

Non-recent grad
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5. Use your green card wisely. Consider this scenario: Program A requires minimum 80 on both the USMLE steps and sponsors H1 and J1 visa. And, Program B also requires minimum 80, but does NOT sponsor H1 and J1 visa. If you have a green card and an exact USMLE scores of 80, where will you apply? Probably both. But, what happens if there are 10 programs like Program A and Program B each? Program A will definitely have a lot many IMGs with 85 or more scores. Why would it take a green card holder then? So, if you have a green card, it makes more sense to apply for programs like B. For a couple of programs it might not matter, but if you have already applied to a lot many places and costs are becoming prohibitive, this will be a nice strategy. We have a list of medical residency  programs that say they do NOT sponsor any visas. InfoIMG can also run a query that gives out programs that do not sponsor visas, with other criteria that you might supply. See example.

6. Persist, but do not bug: In one case, an IMG met all the requirements of a Residency Program. But, did not get an interview invitation or a rejection letter. She kept on calling the program. Eventually, the polite and friendly residency coordinator invited her for interview. So, InfoIMG's advice is PERSIST till you get rejection letter or hear otherwise. Do not get on the nerves of the Residency Program, but do call sufficiently to let them know you continue to be interested. You can show your goodies (personality, motivation, determination, educational skills, US experience) to the program only if you are interviewed.

Lately due to increase in email queries, phone calls, paper-work and so on, many residency programs have adopted the policy of, "Don't call me, I will call you"! In such cases, it is best not to bother the program. You can see such suggestion on the program's website or email acknowledgement of your application.

7. Make sure your application is complete. If your application is not complete, you are hurting your chances of being offered an interview and perhaps a medical residency position. More so if you are barely meeting the criteria. The average numbers of applications in PGY1 are 314 and 1388 for Family Practice and Internal Medicine respectively. DO NOT EXPECT THE PROGRAM TO CONTACT YOU FOR ANY MISSING DOCUMENTS. They will simply not consider your application. It has happened to quite a few IMGs.

8. Get ECFMG certificate (or at least be eligible for it) before applying. Lately we have seen a substantial number of residency programs asking for ECFMG certificate right at the time of application. Some are a little lenient and asking that the "certificate requirements" be met with at the time of application. Quite a few programs ask that an applicant have the ECFMG certificate at the time of interview.  The rationale behind this is simple: Residency programs do not want to waste resources and rank someone, who would not be able to join the program on time because of unavailability of the ECFMG certificate.

In addition, it is now NRMP requirement that IMGs complete  exam requirements for the ECFMG certification by the rank order list deadline to be included in the Match. (Remember, you do not need the actual physical certificate by itself at this point. Of course, some programs still insist on that.)

Aside from meeting USMLE & TOEFL requirements, the paperwork between ECFMG and one's Medical School in one's home country takes time. Stay abreast of the movement of paper work progress at your alma mater and try to make sure it is not unnecessarily held up. Allow plenty of time for this paperwork to finish.

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Page 3: H-1 visa, MPH degree
Page 4: US Clinical Experience (USCE)
Page 5: Factors important to program directors & interview criteria


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