International Medical Schools Whose IMGs Enter U.S for Residency

2020-05-15T14:33:35-04:00

International medical graduates (IMGs) play an essential role in the US health care system and comprise about 25% of physicians in practice. All IMGs go through the US medical licensing examination and verifying of credentials to receive certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to become eligible to enter the practice in the United States. In 2020, according to the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), of the number of U.S. citizen international medical school students and graduates (IMGs), 61% percent matched to PGY-1 positions, representing the highest match rate since 1991. Of the non-U.S. citizen IMGs, 61.1% matched to first-year positions in [...]

International Medical Schools Whose IMGs Enter U.S for Residency2020-05-15T14:33:35-04:00

Some IMGs May or May Not Be Able to Practice in the USA after 2023

2020-04-20T12:20:31-04:00

Students enrolling in an international medical school who want to ultimately practice in the U.S.A may be affected as they graduate in 2023 and beyond. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) declared that effective in 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited. In order to do this, accreditation agencies must go through a formal process of recognition that uses criteria comparable to globally accepted criteria. This does not mean that individual medical schools need to be accredited through this process, but the national accreditation agency or [...]

Some IMGs May or May Not Be Able to Practice in the USA after 20232020-04-20T12:20:31-04:00

Medical Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-04-16T20:38:36-04:00

The COVID-19 pandemic has permeated throughout the world quickly and especially placed health professionals, doctors, nurses, and essential workers on the front line. Medical students are impacted by this pandemic in a variety of ways and many of them are facing disruptions in their education. As each country slips into national emergencies, medical schools are closing their campuses, and shifting their courses virtually. Other medical students are joining their local health workforce to help fight the pandemic.  Faced with shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE), medical students are also endangering themselves by assisting front-line responders. The AMA (American Medical Association) in [...]

Medical Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic2020-04-16T20:38:36-04:00

Universities and Programs that require the IMAT

2020-04-18T21:35:21-04:00

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 IMAT2020-04-18T21:35:21-04:00

Profile of a Successfully Matched IMG Resident

2017-02-20T23:38:25-05:00

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

2020-04-18T21:39:34-04:00

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 Exam [...]

IFOM: Who Can Benefit from Taking Another Exam2020-04-18T21:39:34-04:00

The Hidden Cost of Residency Programs and Interviews

2017-02-15T14:39:16-05:00

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

International Testing Centers for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2

2020-04-18T21:40:14-04:00

To view the exact time and location for the USMLE Step 1 and 2, please search through the Prometric site: https://www.prometric.com/en-us/Pages/home.aspx Source: http://www.ecfmg.org/fees/usmle-surcharge.html

International Testing Centers for USMLE Step 1 and Step 22020-04-18T21:40:14-04:00

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

2017-02-02T01:04:18-05:00

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

What is the IFOM Exam?

2019-10-05T00:15:53-04:00

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) is an organization that designed the USMLE and is dedicated to developing 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 mostly 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 Exam [...]

What is the IFOM Exam?2019-10-05T00:15:53-04:00

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