Posted by Miriam Milstein from IP 126.96.36.199 on June 11, 2011 at 14:46:05:
In the 2011 Match, many international medical graduates will be applying for IMG residency programs. Applicants will want to ensure that they seek an IMG-friendly residency program. Lots of applicants apply to many programs, including the wrong programs. Applying to programs they're not qualified for is simply a waste of time and money.
Before applying, make sure you meet the program's requirements. If the program lists a minimum score of 85, and you have a 78, or if you don't have the right kind of USCE, don't apply! Check to see if the program has previously had IMG residents; if it has not, applying to this program is most likely a waste of time.
How can you decide where to apply? Compare the residency program's requirements with your qualifications. Apply to the programs that are applicable. This will get your application where it needs to be by ensuring that it ends up in front of program directors who will consider it. And, of course, it will save you hours of work and hundreds of dollars. But researching the minimum requirements of hundreds of residency programs would take you months. How can you search as effectively and efficiently as possible?
You may wish to utilize a unique database that will help you find the perfect residency program. Simply enter your credentials and the system creates a personalized list of the programs in your specialty that you are qualified for! All of this information in this database is regularly updated. With more than 3500 programs in nearly 40 specialties, it is sure to have the information you're looking for. The database cross-references your visa status, your United States' clinical experience, your USMLE scores, your graduation year, and more. It compares your qualifications to the requirements of the program and generates a customized list of programs. This list will also note whether programs are IMG-residency friendly, which is certainly something you'll want to consider.
Why should an applicant choose to buy a list when all of its information is easily accessible to the public? This database was compiled by a team of workers who spent hundreds of hours ensuring its accuracy and comprehensiveness. An applicant working alone is likely to only gather information about a few dozen programs. Many applicants choose to purchase this list, knowing that this is yet another step on the path of ensuring a successful IMG residency search.
By: Miriam Milstein, IMGPrep
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