Medical Residency in the United States
International medical graduates (IMGs) consistently represent approximately one fourth of the physician workforce of the United States. To enter a residency training program, IMGs must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). These candidates must pass USMLE exams and graduate from a medical school that is recognized by and listed with ECFMG’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Only then can they receive a certificate which allows them to sit for the USMLE Step 3 exam and/or participate in a U.S. medical residency or fellowship program.
Attaining a medical residency in the US is very possible for international medical graduates but it requires a competitive application. In 2015, approximately 50% of international medical graduates obtained medical residency positions.
Critical Factors for successfully attaining a US Medical Residency are competitive USMLE scores and a complete and well done application. Kaplan Medical assists our students every step of the way to ensure they have the tools and support to be an exceptional candidate.
Over the coming years demand for post-graduate training among foreign-trained graduates is likely to remain strong, particularly with the belief that the U.S. will be facing a significant shortfall in trained physicians over the coming decades.