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A Tailored Approach: The Unmatched Value of IMGPrep Customized Residency Lists for International Medical Graduates

Finding the right residency program is a complex and often overwhelming process for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). IMGPrep Customized Residency Lists offer a solution by tailoring the selection process, aligning programs specifically with your profile, and making the journey more navigable. Let’s explore how this approach goes beyond generic lists to create a more personalized, […]

ERAS 2023 Timeline and Fees

JUNE Initiate your research into your desired programs. IMGPrep Customized Residency Program list to review specialties and your qualifications. Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria for taking part in ERAS and the NRMP Match, as well as for obtaining a U.S. state medical license. JUNE 28 It’s time to obtain your Residency Tokens. They are […]

Is Internal Medicine IMG Friendly? 2022-2023

Internal Medicine Residency Programs For Internal Medicine, 56 percent of US IMGs (1051 of 1877 persons) and 59 percent of non-US IMGs (2107 of 3591 persons) found matches in their preferred specialty in 2020. It was among the top 10 IMG Friendly specialties for that year. How many Internal Medicine Residency Programs are there? There […]

2024 IMG  ERAS Residency Application Process

Applying for residency through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) involves a series of steps, and different organizations assist you along the way. Here’s a simplified guide to help you understand and navigate the ERAS residency application process. Understanding the Key Organizations There are three key organizations that you’ll interact with during your ERAS application […]

A Comprehensive Guide for International Medical Graduates Seeking Residency in the United States

As an International Medical Graduate (IMG), gaining residency in the United States can be a multi-step, rigorous process. Knowing the requirements and following the correct procedure is essential to succeed in this endeavor. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you navigate through the residency application process. 1. Register for the USMLE with ECFMG Start by […]

2024 Match: Essential Updates and Information for ECFMG Pathways Applicants

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) can utilize the Pathways program to satisfy specific prerequisites for ECFMG Certification and to engage in the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® (The Match®). The ECFMG Pathways program assesses IMGs on their clinical and communication capabilities—skills essential for participating in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) and for delivering […]

What is a Combined Residency Program?

A combined residency program is a medical training program that allows residents to complete training in two different specialties. These programs are designed to provide comprehensive training for residents who wish to practice in fields that require knowledge and skills in more than one area of medicine. Combo residency programs have become increasingly popular in […]

An Overview of the Type of Program Positions Available in the Main Residency Match

Type of Program Positions in Residency Match The Main Residency Match is a highly anticipated event for both medical students and residency programs. As a medical student, you may be wondering which programs participate in the Match. This article will cover the various types of programs that take part in the Match. The Main Residency […]

IMG-Friendly States 2023

2023 TOP Five IMG-Friendly States As an International Medical Graduate (IMG) seeking admission to a medical school in the United States, it is important to be familiar with the IMG-friendly states. The competition for residency programs can be fierce, so it is advisable to have a strategy that includes identifying states that are friendly to […]

IMG Friendly States 2022

When it comes to securing a US residency, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have many factors to consider, and one of the most important is geographical location. IMG residency applicants need to not only research individual residency programs but also be aware of state limitations and the overall IMG friendliness of different states. To assist in […]

Is Pediatrics IMG Friendly?

Learn if Pediatric Residency Programs are IMG Friendly. Yes, Pediatric Residency Programs are very IMG Friendly! In 2022 544 IMGs matched into Pediatrics and it was in the top five of IMG Friendly Residency Programs for both US and Non-US IMGs. The term “IMG-friendly” typically refers to the level of difficulty for international medical graduates […]

Navigating Medical Education: An Examination of First-Generation American Indian Students Studying Medicine in India

Introduction The traditional path to medical school in the United States typically involves obtaining an undergraduate degree and passing the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). However, there has been a growing trend among First-Generation American Indian students who are opting to pursue medical education in India right after high school. This distinct choice offers several […]

Unfilled Residency Positions Post Match

NRMP SOAP Questions Answered The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) is a process that takes place after the Main Residency Match. It is used to fill residency positions that went unfilled, known as “unfilled residency positions,” during the Main Match. The SOAP is open to unmatched applicants, those who […]

Top IMG-Friendly Specialties for 2022 Match

It’s common knowledge that some residency specialties are more IMG-friendly than others. Therefore, when applying for residency, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) have to account not just for their credentials but also for the competitiveness of their specialty. For that, it’s imperative to study past trends and get an insight into the specialties that are more […]

Top IMG-Friendly Specialties for 2021 Match

When deciding your specialties for the 2023 match, it’s essential to know which specialties have been IMG-friendly in the past. IMG-friendly means that a specialty has historically been quite receptive to training applicants who are international medical graduates. Top IMG Specialities for US and Non-US IMGs in 2021 A US IMG is a US citizen/Green […]

IMG Residency 2023 Application Timeline and Checklist

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) describes an International Medical Graduate (IMG) as a physician who received a basic medical degree or qualification from a medical school located. Outside the United States and Canada. If you are an IMG who wants to pursue residency training in the United States, here’s the IMG residential application timeline […]

2023 ECFMG Pathways-Modifications to Eligibility Requirements :

IMPORTANT- ECFMG will not be accepting further 2022 Pathway applications. Furthermore moving ahead, the ECFMG will not determine the outcome of a Pathways application until all required supporting documentation has been received. Assessment of English Fluency and other Communication Skills A satisfactory score on the Occupational English Test (OET) Medicine is mandatory for all IMGs, […]

ECFMG Accreditation Updates

As of 2024, applicants seeking ECFMG Certification must have attended a medical school that is appropriately accredited. More specifically, the school must be accredited by an accrediting agency that is officially recognized by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). To see appropriate agencies by region of your medical school officially recognized by the WFME […]

Foreign Pharmacy Graduate

Step-by-step guide on how a foreign pharmacy graduate can become a licensed pharmacist in the United States Here are the general steps that you can follow to become a licensed pharmacist in the US as a foreign-trained pharmacist: Step 1: Obtain a degree in pharmacy To become a pharmacist in the US, you must have […]

Five Year Analysis IMG Residency Match Statistics for 2017-2021

IMGs face unique challenges when applying to the US Residency Match. As an IMG, it’s wise to gather as much information as possible to help you understand what you can do to improve your chances of matching at a program of your choice. Below, we take a look at some statistics on IMGs and their […]

ECFMG Pathway Deadlines-2022 Match

Per the ECFMG Pathways 2022 applicants: Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that ECFMG receives required documentation in support of your application by the published deadlines. See the page for the Pathway to which you are applying for deadlines. Pathway 1 is for applicants who currently hold or have recently held […]

The USMLE Step 1 Exam Goes to Pass/Fail Starting January 26, 2022: What this means for IMGs

January 26, 2022-USMLE Step 1 Exam Goes to Pass/Fail As announced earlier, the US Medical Licensing Examination -Step 1 test of basic medical knowledge will transition to reporting only Pass/Fail rather than the current three-digit numeric score. This change has been anticipated for about a year, but now that the deadline is approaching, many IMGs […]

Psychiatry Residency Programs for IMGs: How to Select IMG Friendly Psychiatry Residency Programs

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine specialized in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders and common medical and neurological disorders that fall under the scope of psychiatry practice. How long is a Psychiatry Residency Training Program and how many Psychiatry Residency Programs are there? Psychiatry Residency Programs are Categorical Residency […]

Pediatric Residency Programs for IMG’s in 2021

Pediatric Residency Programs Pediatrics is the post-graduate branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents.  Pediatrics requires three years of postgraduate specialty training post-medical school prior to certification. There are currently 210 Pediatric Residency Training Programs in the United States. While there are many top Pediatric Residency training programs, according […]

IMG Friendly Programs – Customized Residency Program Lists – What’s Your SUVY?

What’s your SUVY? How to find IMG friendly residency programs based on your parameters One of the most vital steps in applying to a U.S. Medical Residency program  is selecting the best IMG friendly residency programs given your SUVY Don’t know what that is? IMGPrep is here to help. Let’s face it. As an international […]

ECFMG 2022: Updated Pathways

ECFMG certification process for the 2022 Match: Updated Six Pathways May 08, 2021 Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification requires passing examinations in medical sciences, clinical skills, and communications skills. The USMLE discontinued the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam in 2020. In the 2021 Match, the ECFMG replaced the CS exam with […]

Pathway 6-ECFMG’s Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX)

ECFMG Mini-CEX for Pathway 6 The Mini-CEX is a well-studied workplace-based assessment tool used to evaluate an individual’s clinical skills in a variety of clinical settings. The ECFMG has chosen the Mini-CEX as the clinical assessment exam for Pathway 6. Who is eligible for ECFMG Pathway 6? Applicant does not meet the eligibility requirements for […]

IMG Friendly Programs, Specialties, and States: 2021-2022

IMG Friendly Specialties, Programs, and States: What It All Means for Medical Residency in 2021-2022 April 16, 2021 Nationally each year, approximately 58 percent of IMG applicants are matched with a residency program; that is compared to a 95-percent placement rate for non-IMGs. Thus, IMGs face unique challenges in finding the right program. Informed research […]

Is Neurology IMG Friendly? 2021-2022

Is Neurology an IMG-Friendly Specialty? Neurology Residency Programs For Neurology, 58 percent of US IMGs (75 of 130 persons) and 68 percent of non-US IMGs (212 of 313 persons) found matches in their preferred specialty in 2020.  It was among the top 10 IMG Friendly specialties for that year. Neurology is the branch of medicine […]

Are Pediatrics Residency Programs IMG Friendly? 2021-2022

For Pediatrics, 72 percent of US IMGs (219 of 306 persons) and 68 percent of non-US IMGs (335 of 490 persons) found matches in their preferred specialty in 2020. It was among the top 10 IMG Friendly specialties for that year.  How many Pediatric Residency Programs are there? There are currently 210 Pediatric Residency Programs. New Pediatric […]

Is General Surgery IMG Friendly? 2021-2022

For General Surgery, 42 percent of US IMGs (92 of 221 persons) and 30 percent of non-US IMGs (69 of 230 persons) found matches in their preferred specialty in 2020.  It was among the top 10 IMG Friendly specialties for that year.  IMGPrep is a leading educational consulting firm dedicated to assisting IMGs in reaching […]

Is Pathology IMG Friendly? 2021-2022

For Pathology, 45 percent of US IMGs (53 of 117 persons) and 68 percent of non-US IMGs (211 of 309 persons) found matches in their preferred specialty in 2020.  It was among the top 10 IMG Friendly specialties for that year.  IMGPrep is a leading educational consulting firm dedicated to assisting IMGs in reaching their […]

Register for the USMLE Step 1 Examination-Step-by-Step IMG Guide

Background: Prior to the Registering for the USMLE Step1 What is the USMLE Examination? The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE: provides a direct route for primary licensure of all graduates of LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education)-accredited medical schools within the United States, Canada, and all international medical graduates of accredited osteopathic medical […]

Step 2 CS Cancelled: ECFMG Adds Pathways for 2022 Match

With the launch of the 2022 Match season a few months away, USMLE has decided it will cancel the Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam that has been a required part of US residency program applications since 2004. The test had been suspended last May with the advent of Covid-19 when USMLE said it would take 12-18 […]

MATCH 2021 SOAP Eligibility and Process-SOAP Guide

Introduction: Every year, medical school graduates around the world diligently put together their applications for US-based residency programs with dedication, care, and high expectations. Most rely on the matching service of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and its ability to line up the priorities of residency program directors with the priorities of the applicants […]

Mark Your Calendars: What to Expect for Match Week 2021 and SOAP

Match Week is scheduled for March 15-19, 2021, and IMGs need to be aware of some important interim deadlines between January and March. IMGPrep is pleased to present “Match Week and the Second Chance (SOAP) Program: An Information Guide for IMGs” that is specifically designed to help International Medical School Graduates (IMGs) to prepare for […]

USMLE Step 2 CS—Its Suspension: What you need to know

**UPDATE 01/26/2021 The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and NBME, co-sponsors of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®), are today announcing the discontinuation of work to relaunch a modified Step 2 Clinical Skills examination (Step 2 CS). The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is the one examination system accepted in every state, ensuring […]

ECFMG Certification Step by Step Process

 How do I become ECFMG Certified? Here’s the STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS We will consider the case of Carolina Sanchez, a graduate of a medical school in Brazil.  Carolina would like to apply for a Residency in the U.S. but is not sure what to do. Here is a step-by-step approach to acquire ECFMG Certification: STEP 1: […]

Eligibility For ECFMG® Certification

What is the ECFMG Certificate? Let’s start at the beginning. The ECFMG®, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (, is a private, nonprofit organization, employing more than 800 people. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it was established in 1956 and issued the first Standard ECFMG Certificates two years later. Since then, it has certified more […]

Virtual Residency Interview; Prepare Practice Ace

The vast majority of Residency programs have pivoted toward virtual residency interviewing  using an online platform in response to the health and safety dangers of in-person activities brought on by the global pandemic, as stated in mid-2020 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): “Given the need for all of us to support the […]

Residency Interview Preparation Video Interviews 2021 Match

For the 2020-2021 Residency Match Season, the interview process for the thousands of programs across the United States will necessarily be done remotely due to the COVID-19 restrictions that have been put in place generally for Graduate Medical Education (GME).  This article describes newly recommended changes and restrictions and offers some guidance for what to […]

Application for IMG Pathways for ECFMG Certification for 2021

On July 31, 2020, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical School Graduates (ECFMG) provided an important update for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have not yet taken the Step 2-CS exam. They announced that starting August 31, their long-awaited instructions for how to pursue what is becoming known as “The Five Pathways,” which are some […]

How to Write a Residency Personal Statement: A Guide for IMGs

IMGPrep is pleased to present the IMGPrep Guide to Writing a Personal Statement IMGPrep Guide to Writing a Personal Statement that is specifically designed to help International Medical School Graduates (IMGs) in preparing a compelling personal essay as part of their applications for medical residency programs. The two-page guide is downloadable from the IMGPrep website and […]

Finding IMG Friendly Residency Programs in the 2021 MATCH

As of June 23rd, IMGs have been able to obtain their ERAS Token as part of applying for US-based residency programs. This is an exciting time not only for IMGs, but also for the residency programs as well. They are welcoming their incoming class of interns and graduating their seniors. It is also the time […]

How to Obtain the “ERAS Token” for the 2021 Application Season

Starting on June 23rd, International Medical School Graduates (IMGs) can obtain their ERAS Token that is required in order to apply for US-based residency programs. This article provides basic information about the steps and organizations involved and offers information on changes that are taking place for the current application season in light of the COVID-19 […]

Couples Match Residency; An Overview

Every year, International Medical School Graduates (IMGs) research their preferred US-based residency programs and prepare their applications for submission. Each individual starts the matching process by registering with the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).If two applicants want to find placements within the same geographic area, perhaps because they are spouses or partners or friends, the […]

The New ERAS 2021 Residency Application Timeline Starts June 2020: What IMGs Need to Know

We are excited that the US Residency Program Match annual application season is up and running in spite of a period of uncertainty due to the pandemic. Just this week, ERAS issued its dates for the 2021 Residency Application Cycle. According to the new timeline released by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), applicants […]

IMG Friendly Programs; The Top 10 States in US 2020

 2020 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State study, the Top 10 Most IMG Friendly States are: The Top 10 Most “IMG Friendly” States in 2020As an International Medical Graduate (IMG), when you consider what US-based residency programs to apply to, a critical factor is also knowing where to apply.  When it comes to […]

Why Location Matters When It Comes to Residency Match: The Top Ten IMG Friendly States in the US

IMGPrep the Top 10 Most IMG Friendly States When International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are considering where to apply for their US-based residency programs, they often have their own personal preferences, yet a look at trends as to which locations offer the best opportunities for a successful match is key. Having a strong, well-developed ERAS application is […]

Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE): “The Dean’s Letter”

Overview One of the important requirements of many residency program applications is the Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE).  While also known as a “Dean’s Letter” the MSPE is much more than a simple letter and includes several components. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has established guidelines that include a suggested template, and some […]

Maximize The Impact Of Your Application From Interview Selection To Ranking

Informed decision-making is a common phrase in medicine but most importantly it is the key to optimizing positive outcomes, especially in making the important decisions in preparing yourself for the US Residency Match. At IMGPrep, our first question for candidates is where it is you see yourself in the next 3-5 years. What is your […]

10 IMG Steps From USMLE To Medical Residency in the USA

How do I get a medical residency in the USA as an International Medical Graduate? U.S. Medical Residency for International Medical Graduates (Foreign Medical Graduates – FMG) is a common goal, but the path to IMG Residency Match in the USA can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are an IMG (earlier used abbreviation FMG) […]

2018 Residency Match Statistics Overview

Are you interested in applying to medical residency in the USA? Do you wonder how you can increase your competitiveness in the IMG Residency Match ®? As an IMG Residency Match candidate, you must have a fundamental understanding of the Residency Match process. To do so, it is imperative that you understand Residency Match statistics […]

Personal Statement For Residency : The Basics

What is the purpose of the Medical Residency Personal Statement? A personal statement is the sole document where an applicant is provided a blank slip of paper and has full control of presenting themselves to the Residency admissions committee. Your Personal Statement for Residency is not an exam that will score you or a LOR […]

20 Residency Personal Statement Writing Tips

Residency personal statement – How to write? Many IMGs are nervous about how to write a personal statement for residency. For applicants who are still mastering English, the thought of writing a page-long essay can seem daunting. Worse still, ERAS application directives are vague, and many applicants are not sure what they should write about, […]

Residency Interview Questions – The Right Way To Get Ready

50 Most Common Medical Residency Interview Questions Residency interview questions are what you need to be prepared for when it comes to interviewing. To answer difficult residency interview questions with the confidence you need to understand the purpose of the question, and how the question relates to the unique scenario offered by the residency program. […]

Residency Interview Preparation

Related link: Residency Interview Preparation Service How To Get Ready for an Interview, Top Residency Interview Prep Tips. There are residency interview prep tips you must keep in mind while preparing for a medical residency interview.  All of these steps will be revisited and reinforced during the IMGPrep Residency Mock Interview, where our professional interviewers […]

7 Steps to Generate Additional Residency Interviews

Have you submitted your ERAS application to desired residency programs and received no reply? Now is the time to consider contacting some of these programs to request that they reconsider your application. The following is a step by step process that has yielded positive outcomes for some of our candidates. Why not give it a […]

Residency Program Requirements

Programs have strict residency program requirements and you’ll be competing against other qualified candidates. Adhering to the residency programs requirements and applying only to programs for which you qualify will get your application the most reviews. With a carefully prepared application and some hard work, you can catapult your application to the top of the […]

Residency Interview Important Enough to Prepare with the Coach

Medical Residency Interview Specificities and Importance The first thing to do is not panic! You can approach your medical residency interviews the same way you approached all of your USMLE exams, by careful, deliberate, and methodical preparation. At the same time your interaction during the interview and visit is one of the top three factors. As […]

You didn’t Match? Review Your ERAS application!

IT’S TIME TO STRATEGIZE…. • What can you do in the next year to improve your chance to match? • Can you realistically assess your credentials and determine what you can do to be more marketable and get more residency interviews next year? • What’s missing? Thoroughly review your ERAS application. • Do you have […]

Medical Residency Personal Statement

What is the purpose of the Medical Residency Personal Statement? A personal statement is the sole document where an applicant is provided a blank slip of paper and has full control of presenting themselves to the Residency admissions committee. Your Medical Residency Personal Statement is not an exam that will score you or a LOR […]

International Medical Graduates – USMLE Scores

How should International Medical Graduates prepare for the US residency match? What would be the best path to ensure success? International Medical Graduates making the decision to pursue postgraduate medical education training in the US are on a rewarding path, but not a simple one.  The process is not only academically competitive, it also requires […]

Are You Applying to the Wrong Residency Programs?

“Which residency programs should I apply to?” “Which residency program list is IMG Friendly?” “What are the best IMG Friendly Residency Programs for me to apply to?” We get these questions all the time. But there’s another important aspect of the application process that many applicants do not consider. Not only is it important to […]