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Universities and Programs that require the IMAT

Students intending to apply for admission to the following Universities and Programs are required to take the IMAT. ** IMAT test dates and registration for the Humanitas University differ from the dates and registration process of the main IMAT test (September 2017). For more information, visit the Humanitas University website. For more information on the IMAT exam click HERE

Universities and Programs that require the IMAT2019-10-06T10:36:01-04:00

The Pros and Cons of Having a Mortgage under the Physician Loan Program

In 2006, Bank of America realized that there was a great potential in securing newly trained physicians to have a mortgage. On average, US physicians are close to 30 years old when they complete residency and many are married and looking to buy their first home. With large amounts of debt, minimal prior work experience or credit history, and not enough money saved for a down payment, these new physicians were initially unlikely candidates for having a mortgage. Many banks have followed pursuit and taken advantage of their large earning potential by creating physician loans with no money down and loads of interest. Below [...]

The Pros and Cons of Having a Mortgage under the Physician Loan Program2019-09-13T01:32:54-04:00

Is Your Foreign Medical School Eligible for US Federal Loans?

US citizens can go abroad for medical school and receive US federal funding. They must complete FAFSA and only selected number of medical schools abroad are eligible for federal funding. Every few years, medical schools abroad are assessed by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education Accreditation (NCFMEA) in order to determine whether they are eligible to receive federal loans.  Only a handful of medical schools abroad are eligible for US federal loans since they require a meticulous monitoring and evaluation from NCFMEA. You can read more about the NCFMEA here. Many of these medical schools have large number of [...]

Is Your Foreign Medical School Eligible for US Federal Loans?2019-09-13T01:29:21-04:00

Being Unmatched is Not an Option: Tips to Match for Success

Applying to residency programs can be a daunting task and every medical student can agree that going unmatched is not an option.  In 2015, there were approximately 250 US medical students who did not match into a residency program. Although those numbers are minimal considering that 95% of US medical students match into a residency program, you do not want to unmatched due to low USMLE scores. You generally are not allowed to retake the USMLE Step 1 or 2 if you have already passed this exam. The minimum passing score for Step 1 is 192 and for the Step 2 [...]

Being Unmatched is Not an Option: Tips to Match for Success2017-02-23T22:30:08-05:00

Profile of a Successfully Matched IMG Resident

In the recent years, applying for a US residency has become more tough, especially due to the shortage of residency programs and increasing number of applicants. Coupled with the physician shortage crisis and the need for primary care specialties in rural areas, the US residency program match is one of the most stressful times for a medical student, both for US citizens and non-US citizens. Of the 12,387 IMGs who participated in the 2015 Match, 6,302 (50.9%) matched.  What exactly is the profile of a MATCHED IMG (international medical graduate)? Based on different reports from ECFMG, GAP, we have condensed the information [...]

Profile of a Successfully Matched IMG Resident2017-02-20T23:38:25-05:00

IFOM: Who Can Benefit from Taking Another Exam

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an organization that designed the USMLE and is dedicated to designing high quality assessments for health-care professionals.  The NBME created the IFOM – International Foundations of Medicine exam in 2010, dedicated to assessing the core knowledge of international students taking the exam. The USMLE traditionally has included many exam questions that were largely US-focused, such as population health, public health, and healthcare questions. International medical students tend to score lower in these domains, considering that they typically were not taught US-centric healthcare questions. The IFOM has two exams, the BSE – Basic Science [...]

IFOM: Who Can Benefit from Taking Another Exam2019-09-10T13:59:08-04:00

The Hidden Cost of Residency Programs and Interviews

Medical students have applied to more residency programs than in the past few years, applying to an average of 40 residency programs. International medical students applied to more residency programs, averaging around 100 applications. Applying to residency programs and flying around the country for interviews can add up quickly. Students can spend over $10,000 in applying for residency programs, buying airline tickets, and accommodation to support their whole residency interview process. If you are a competitive medical student that applied to 40 residency programs and ranked all of them, realize that you may be asked to interview to over 10 residency [...]

The Hidden Cost of Residency Programs and Interviews2017-02-15T14:39:16-05:00

Taking the Lead as a Pre-Med: Early Steps to Be Prepared

Choosing to be a doctor is a minimum fifteen years in the making.  It is never too early to prepare yourself to be a doctor in high school or college. A goal without a plan is just a wish. Here are some helpful tips in order to prepare yourself for a future in medicine: 1. Schedule your classes wisely. If you are in college, it is important to plan your class schedule wisely. Try not to take on too many science classes at once or else you will be stressed and risk not getting an A because you could not manage the [...]

Taking the Lead as a Pre-Med: Early Steps to Be Prepared2017-02-04T23:02:34-05:00

How Trump’s Immigration Ban Impacts International Medical Students Matching for Residency

On March 15th, 2017 many medical students from around the world are anxiously waiting to learn whether they will be matched into a US residency training program. Tensions and stress are elevated due to President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration temporarily banning entry of migrants, students, and U.S legal residents from Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Libya, and Yemen. People affected by the ban include dual citizens born in one of the seven countries who also hold citizenship in US allied countries including Canada, the U.K, and EU. Trump calls this immigration ban as “re-vetting” the individuals who acquired a [...]

How Trump’s Immigration Ban Impacts International Medical Students Matching for Residency2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00