Is Internal Medicine IMG Friendly? 2022-2023 - IMGPrep

Is Internal Medicine IMG Friendly? 2022-2023

June 15, 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 are currently 627 Internal Medicine Residency Programs in the United States.

In the 2022-2023 academic year there were thirty-two new Internal Medicine Residency Programs

32 Newly Accredited Internal Medicine Residency Programs 2022 2023

How long is Residency Training in Internal Medicine

Length of Internal Medicine Training

Residency training in Internal Medicine typically lasts for three years. This period includes rotations in different sub-specialties of Internal Medicine, such as cardiology, endocrinology, hematology, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology, rheumatology, pulmonology, and others, along with ample opportunities for outpatient and inpatient care. The goal of this comprehensive training is to equip residents with a broad base of knowledge and clinical skills in the field of adult healthcare.

Top Internal Medicine Training programs?

Johns Hopkins University

Harvard University

University of California–San Francisco

Duke University

University of Michigan–Ann Arbor

University of Pennsylvania (Perelman)

University of California–Los Angeles (Geffen)

Columbia University

New York University (Grossman)

Stanford University

Vanderbilt University

Is Internal Medicine IMG Friendly?

Yes, Internal Medicine Residency Programs are very IMG Friendly!

In 2023, U.S. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and non-U.S. IMGs filled 12.1% and 27.2% of the positions in Internal Medicine, respectively. This is a slight increase compared to the previous year, with U.S. IMGs filling 0.3 percentage points more positions and non-U.S. IMGs filling 1.3 percentage points more.

Internal Medicine was also in the top five IMG-friendly specialties for Non-US IMGs

Top Five 2023 IMG Friendly Specialties

 Internal Medicine (categorical) (2,772)

Family Medicine (562)

Pediatrics (categorical) (424)

Neurology (categorical, advanced, and physician positions) (230)

Pathology (185)

What score as an IMG do I have to get to Match into an Internal Medicine Residency Program?

According to the NRMP Charting Outcomes Internal Medicine, USMLE Scores average for Matched Applicants in 2022

U.S. IMGs USMLE Step 1 225 USMLE Step 2 CK 235 / Non-U.S. IMGs  USMLE Step 1 238 USMLE Step 2 CK 245

Apply to Internal Medicine Residency Training Programs

As an international medical school graduate, the application process for a U.S. Residency isn’t easy. It can take years to put together a competitive application and participate in the USMLE Match.

Then, even when you’re ready to compete for the Match, you still face a daunting task. Of the 627 Residency Programs, which ones should you apply to?

Internal Medicine Applicants ask themselves: How many Internal Medicine Residency Programs should I apply to? But Which IM Residency Programs should I apply to?

IMGPreps Customized IMG Friendly residency program lists will provide you with clear up to date data on IMG Friendly Residency Programs

How? Let’s meet Raj as an example:

Raj is a Neurology student Neurology IMG Friendly

Raj is a an Internal Medicine Residency Program applicant and a 2018 graduate of Kasturba Medical College Manipal. He has a 229 in his USMLE Step 1, and a 239 in his USMLE Step 2CK. He is looking for a J-1 Visa and has completed US clinical experience as a visiting medical student.
S = USMLE Step 1 229 SMLE Step 2 CK 239

U = Yes
V = Requires J1 Visa
Y = 2018

It would be an enormous waste of time and resources, for example, if he applied to programs that simply don’t offer J-1 Visas, or to programs that have minimum USMLE score cut-off requirements that his scores don’t meet.  Instead, Raj needs to compare his SUVY against real-world data to target only those programs for which he is actually competitive.

S = Score Cutoffs U = US Clinical Experience V = Visa = Year of Graduation

Raj needs to continue to ask more questions. This will enable him to truly target those programs that deserve his full attention and effort. A few of the additional questions she should ask are:

  • Is the Internal Medicine Residency Program IMG Friendly?
  • Does the program have alumni from Kasturba Medical College?
  • Does the program have current residents from India?
  • Does the program have current F- IMGs?

Step 1: Raj  Enters his  SUVY with the name of his  Medical School Kasturba Medical College Manipal

IMG Search Box

Step 2: Raj Uses IMGPreps Customized Residency Program Lists internal filters to see where Alumni from his school has matched and does the program have current F-IMGs Foreign international medical graduates vs C-IMGs Caribbean International Medical Graduates

Now Raj has a much better understanding of what programs he is the best fit for! This will save him time, money, and effort during the application process.


Internal Medicine is a highly academic field that receives a large number of applications in the match. A review of these statistics clearly shows that IM is IMG Friendly but applicants must make an informed decision of which specific Internal Medicine Residency Programs are IMG Friendly and meet their specific score and application requirements.

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