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IMG Friendly Programs – Customized Residency Program Lists

May 13, 2021

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What's your SUVY?

One of the most vital criteria for applying to a U.S. Medical Residency program is your SUVY

Don’t know what that is? IMGPrep is here to help.

Let’s face it. 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. A competitive application includes a solid medical school transcript, meaningful volunteer experience, a polished personal statement, demonstrable academic experience, hands-on U.S. clinical experience, multiple letters of recommendation, outstanding USMLE scores, nailing the interview, and more.  In most cases, you are working on developing many of these aspects of your application simultaneously!

Then, even when you’re ready to compete for the Match, you still face a daunting task. Of the hundreds of residency programs in your specialty, which ones should you apply to?

That’s where your SUVY comes in. Let’s meet two applicants. Sarah a C-IMG Carribean IMG and Chen a F-IMG Peking Union Medical College Graduate

With your SUVY, IMGPrep’s Customizable Residency Program Lists can take the guesswork out of selecting the best programs for you to apply. 

How? Let’s look at Sarah as an example:

Sarah is from Canada and is a 2021 graduate of Saint George’s University School of Medicine. She has a 215 in her USMLE Step 1, and a 231 in her USMLE Step 2. She is looking for a J-1 Visa. She wants to be an internist.

Now Sarah can’t possibly apply to all 584 Internal Medicine Residency Programs in the country. For starters, it would cost her almost $15,000 in ERAS fees! Also, it would be an enormous waste of time and effort if, for example, she applied to programs that simply don’t offer J-1 Visas, or to programs that have minimum USMLE score cut-off requirements that her scores don’t meet. 

Instead, Sarah needs to compare her SUVY against real-world data to target only those programs for which she is actually competitive.

S = Score Cutoffs U = USMLE Scores V = Visa Y = Year of Graduation 

EXAMPLE 1: SARAH

IMG Physician

Sarah is a Graduate of Saint Georges University

and an Internal Medicine Candidate

S – USMLE Step 1 215 Step 2 CK 231

U – USCE Yes

V – Canasdian Citizen J1

Y – 2021

By entering her SUVY into IMGPrep’s Customized Residency Program Lists, Sarah will be provided with an individualized and tailored list of programs for which she meets the minimum application requirements in these four major categories.

But that is just the start. Filtering by SUVY is an invaluable and indispensable first step – it removes the programs to which she doesn’t meet minimum standards. Yet despite this, Sarah might still meet qualify for hundreds of programs. 

How can she further refine the list to target programs where she has a greater chance of being selected for an interview?

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

  • Is the program IMG Friendly?
  • Does the program have alumni from St. George’s University
  • Does the program have current C-IMGs  Caribbean International Medical Graduates?

Step 1: Sarah Enters her SUVY with the name of her Medical School

Step 2: Sarah Uses IMGPreps Customized Residency Program Lists internal filters to see where Alumni from her school have matched and does the program have current C-IMGs Caribbean International Medical Graduates

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

EXAMPLE 2: CHEN

IMG Physician

Chen is a 2015 Graduate of Peking Union Medical University

and an Anesthesia candidate seeking H1B sponsorship

S – USMLE Step 1 245; Step 2 CK 250; Step 3: 230
U – USCE Yes
V – Needs H1B Sponsorship
Y – 2015

Like Sarah, by entering her SUVY into IMGPrep’s Customized Residency Program Lists, Chen will be provided with an individualized and tailored list of Anesthesia programs for which she meets the minimum application requirements in these four major categories.

S = Score Cutoffs U = USMLE Scores V = Visa Y = Year of Graduation  

Like Sarah however, Chen needs to ask more questions! 

  • Is the program IMG Friendly?
  • Does the program have alumni from Peking Union Medical College?
  • Does the program have current residents from China?
  • Does the program have current F-IMGs Foreign International Medical Graduates?
  • Is the Anesthesia Program Advanced or Categorical?

Step 1:  Chen Enters her SUVY with the name of her Medical School 

Step 2: Chen Uses IMGPreps Customized Residency Program Lists internal filters to see where Alumni from Peking Union Medical College or separately China have matched and does the program have current F-IMGs  Foreign International Medical Graduates

IMGPrep’s Customized Residency Program Lists can help Sarah and Chen filter residency programs for all of these data points, and more!  

IMGPrep Customized Residency Program Lists do far more than filter by SUVY. IMGPrep’s lists treat each applicant as a unique individual, and tailor results in a way that is truly unprecedented. No other program out there offers anything close to this degree of detail and analysis!

IMGPrep’s Residency Program Lists offers a distinct, competitive advantage to applicants as they decide which programs to apply.  

If you know your SUVY, then let’s get started in identifying the most competitive U.S. Residency Programs for you!

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