Medical Residency Application Tips
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Internal Medicine:

IMG Friendly Residency Programs

No Minimum USMLE Scores or <=80

Both H1 & J1 visas

Either H1 or J1

Non-recent grad and USMLE scores <=80

Family Practice:

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

Psychiatry:

No Minimum USMLE Scores

IMG Friendly Psychiatry Programs

Both H1 & J1 visas

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 Med School grad
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11. Obtain US Clinical Experience (USCE).

The healthcare system in an IMG’s home country often is vastly different from what is in the USA. There is a huge gap and it would be unfair to, as well as burdensome on residency programs to bridge this gap. Residency programs want someone who could join and start as a full-fledged PGY-1 resident right from the day 1, just as a US Medical Graduate would do.

So, they look favorably at candidates who have familiarity with the US clinical system. That means direct patient care experience, as it provides one an opportunity to not only treat the patients, but see how the whole system works. In addition to - rounding with attendings, residents and fellows, H & P, differential diagnosis, assessment plan; one learns how to order labs, obtain lab results, and make referrals etc. and how care is delivered in a coordinated fashion in the hospital. Having USCE makes you confident and more marketable to residency programs. Given everything else being equal, USCE is often determining factor in ranking an applicant higher.

You must be prepared to provide documentation of the USCE. This is often in the form of written Letter of Recommendation from the Attending Physician(s) under whom you worked. Often programs would wish to talk with them. So, provide their contact information too.

Unfortunately in the USA, there is no formal mechanism to obtain USCE. This often works through networking. One could also start as a volunteer in a hospital and then make contacts which would lead to working as an extern. There are also many businesses that provide such USCE for a fee.

Also, some programs are willing to consider Canadian or UK clinical experience in lieu of USCE.


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Page 1: When to apply, evidence-based application and IMG type
Page 2: Green card, persistence, and ECFMG certificate

Page 3: H-1 visa, MPH degree
Page 5: Factors important to program directors & interview criteria


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