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

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

2020-04-19T10:57:19-04:00

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 Success2020-04-19T10:57:19-04:00

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

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

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

IFOM vs USMLE: Are They the Same?

2019-10-05T00:13:27-04:00

Almost every medical student in the USA knows the unforgettable acronym USMLE Step 1-3 Exams – the dreaded exam, which plays one of the most important factors in selection to residency. For those who do not know, the USMLE is comprised of a basic sciences exam (typically taken after 2nd year) and the clinical skills exam (taken after 4th year), and your scores depend heavily on whether or not you will be matched. The National Board of Medical Examiners, NBME, created the USMLE, and all three steps of the USMLE exam must be passed before a physician with an M.D. degree [...]

IFOM vs USMLE: Are They the Same?2019-10-05T00:13:27-04:00

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