Check this post out for an example on how important the distinction is. We each went through the cases in the First Aid twice. There are many sites you can use. Other important profile factors include USMLE Step scores, US clinical experience, immigration status, years since graduation. Don’t send a “I am ranking you highly” letter to other programs on your list. Students coming from other countries than U.S. - might be cheaper to get photos done in your country. Nearly 95 percent of U.S. allopathic senior medical students matched for postgraduate year 1 (PGY-1) positions in the 2018 Main Residency Match, but that’s not to say the competition in certain specialties wasn’t fierce. They want to know essentially who you are in 3-4 sentences. I sent thank-yous to all my interviewers, the PD (even if they didn’t interview me), and the program coordinator. Just know it can take time and money so be proactive and talk to your seniors. That can take 1-5 days. In the description, make sure to write down all your responsibilities while doing the research project. The zanki decks are also good for all topics. Be yourself. However, this is one person’s opinion. DON’T GIVE UP! In 2018 28 non-us-imgs applied, out of whom 20 received only one interview, 6 other received 2, and only 1 person received more than 4 interviewsm. Programs definitely look at the jump (for those of you applying before 2022-2023 cycle)! September 2018 (1 month): Hands-on experience with a Pediatrician in a big city outpatient clinic with very mild inpatient exposure. Sherazi Notes - used as a reference for additional questions and counseling, YouTube Videos for Examinations - some of these are obviously long so just did the main points in the actual exam. There are several factors when determining how many residency programs to apply to. Look at your progress, see how far you’ve come, and then start back right up again. If you want to learn how the algorithm works, check out videos by the NRMP. These are very helpful resources. I did this experience through AMO. International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Matching into Orthopaedic Surgery. Yes, I was upset. However, if you can only get a private clinic, that is okay as well. I wish you all the best of luck. 2-3 paragraphs consisting of 2-3 sentences is okay. I tried to apply to big universities for a clerkship, however I was rejected and it wasted a lot of application money. Facebook groups such as the yearly USMLE Residency Match groups and/or reddit can be very helpful. If they don’t want to watch the video, then take out some time to help them set up an AAMC account and show them how to upload the document. Yes, if you can get into a big university for a clerkship, it is counted as a very good experience. If you can’t go for a good reason, that is okay. Programs will notice it too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UuQV-0o4CE&t=279s, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkiekzdEtu4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5b2RaoB5Zk, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_zDaCzW08k, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU_xeUMJ3Zc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6beOTEKx1ek, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxqK5MgVBmc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHWw8opmQdg, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwBEjEbU-Yw, Microbiology and Antimicrobials: SketchyMicro, SketchyPharm, and First Aid, Pharm: USMLE-Rx Videos, some YouTube Videos for better understanding, and First Aid, Public Health Sciences: USMLE-Rx Videos, some YouTube Videos for better understanding, and First Aid, Physio: USMLE-Rx Videos, NinjaNerd Science YouTube Videos (LIFESAVER! My personal opinion: a great personal LOR from private physician > generic LOR from university physician. Even though, an IMG with low scores or with no US LOR, can yet get a chance to research position. It is NOT advisable to rank your programs based on where you think the programs will rank you. it’s really hard to interpret the scant data. You will be nervous during your first patient encounter but remember these patients are actors and they understand that this can be an anxious time. No, I will not make any excuses for myself. One of the main things people write about is why they are choosing a particular specialty. Facebook groups such as the yearly USMLE Residency Match groups and/or reddit can be very helpful. Find Your Perfect Residency Program Match. Edit: Not trying to deter you, just saying really consider if this is the only specialty that will make you happy or is there something else that you may enjoy as well. This is where you can meet residents at the program, interact with them, and learn more about the program. However, if you feel like your letter writer will forget you and/or not upload your letter, then buy that token and get it uploaded and see if they can change the date later on. Practice typing out patient notes. Wear what you will be the most comfortable in. Please use all your contacts and talk to family and friends how you are looking to work with a physician in the US. Questions about your experiences and hobbies. Cumulatively, 2,693 applicants applied for 2,278 EM (PGY1 and PGY2) residency positions in 2018. There are Facebook groups for all USMLE exams and I’ve discovered how helpful reddit has been. This section is more important than you think. lets get things started. Please think wisely before spending a lot of money because applying for the match will also cost a lot. For example, one of things I wrote down was reading books. It is true that IMGs (International Medical Graduates… Have all your trusted colleagues, professors, and friends look over it and edit it. Most people agree to only send the “I am ranking you #1” letter. Don’t make it too long. While there are a few extra steps, this is a feasible path for IMGs. Match A Resident is the #1 choice for the International Medical Graduate (IMG) residency applicants. Because residency programs are already somewhat hesitant about IMGs, but are comforted if they know they can score exceedingly well on USMLE step 1. You will have 25 mins (15 with the SP and 10 to type notes) with 12 patients. Most interviewers will not reply. You will almost be asked from all topics. My personal advice on buying an ERAS Token for students just wanting to upload a LOR is that it’s a waste of money. Around 1750 had interviews and participated in the Match. There seems to be a bunch of us, that went the Carribean Route, or International med schools etc. July 2019 - September 2019: Requested all letter writers to upload LORs, uploaded my personal statement, uploaded my photo, and certified my CV/application on ERAS. The IMG residents and attendings I know have extremely impressive backgrounds - MBBS/PhDs from Cambridge, or were practicing neurosurgeons from Europe/Middle East that did a couple fellowships in the US or Canada and then became “super residents” so they could come on staff where they did fellowship. There are some questions they are not allowed to ask such as your marriage status or sexual orientation. Research experiences are self-explanatory. ERAS 2021 Residency Timeline for IMG's. I most definitely wish I had done this! It takes time to get your scheduling permit and spots are very easily filled between April-August. February 2019 - April 2019: Observership with a Family Medicine Physician at local hospital outpatient clinic. Use it and learn it. After you receive your interview, how you behave and interact with everyone (I mean EVERYONE) on interview day is the most important thing program directors (PDs) will look at. Your interviewers will know if you’re being dis-honest or bluffing. Most of the residents are chill and will answer all your questions. Sections: Medical School Honors/Awards; Membership in Honorary/Professional Societies; Experiences: Work, Volunteer, Research; Publications: Peer Reviewed, Posters, Other Articles; Hobbies & Interests; Other Awards/Accomplishments. Some subreddits that really helped: I wish I had known about Anki flashcards earlier; it would have been a great help. Some decks I used: brosencephalon 2.0 deck for almost all topics, pepper deck for sketchy micro, and duke pathoma for pathoma. Once it’s done, don’t dwell on it (I know easier said than done, but try)! Flashcards really did help during studying time to do better in this exam. Find something specific that you like about the program or even the location of the program. UWorld - I started with 40 questions/day and built up to 280 questions every other day to feel like I was in a test setting. If I can do this, then most definitely anyone can. If your PS is on the longer side when you upload it, it might be on two pages (till 2/5ths of the 2nd page). Sometimes the residents are aloof or not interested. Practice timed examinations on anyone you can and try to keep your examinations organized in your head. It’s not the place to be overly ostentatious. My approach: after finishing an interview, if I had time, I would write down what the interviewer and I talked about. If you get stuck, just take a deep breath and carry on. I did have a couple of similar questions from Free120. Out of the 28, 10 matched. Ortho is possible, but you need to be incredible. One of the most time-consuming part of the residency process is making a list of IMG friendly residency programs. I studied online (skype) with a classmate who was taking this exam around the same period I was. Rank programs in a “true preference” order. The documents you will need to upload are your MSPE and Medical School Transcript. Where most IMGs work. If a program tells you that they DO NOT like any post-interview communication, DO NOT send anything. They are all such outliers that traditional measures of competitiveness like board scores and research output were likely not factors in their match success. You’re in a hospital setting. Use them! created by SnooStories9238 a community for 2 months. We offer the most reliable search engine for IMG friendly residency programs in 27 specialties. I studied for this exam in 4 months. I wish I had started UWorld earlier to have more time with it. As long as you work well and get a good LOR (letter of recommendation) then it is most definitely worth it. I understand that some letter writers may have difficulty with technology, but let them know there are videos that can help them. General consensus says to use about 700-850 words. So many great images, flow charts, and regular charts! I definitely felt more confident going into this exam than step 1. Practicing this will really, really help you during the exam when you’re nervous. Keep it interesting and short. Most Diagnostic Programs are Advanced and require a Preliminary Intern Year (PGY-1) before candidates can begin the program. MODERATORS. September 2019 - Applying for 2020 Match and applied Pediatrics only. past, present, future ***Start UWorld right away*** - again, even if you start randomly, it is still very, very helpful! I contacted the physician if they would allow a student observer. It’s an informal way of getting to know the program. The third one I don't know. It can be helpful and can help you get interviews. +5 IV Montefiore Bronx. Ask for your LOR during your 3rd-4th week of your USCE. They are trying to assess what you would do in a certain situation. (ALL IMGs welcome & IMG supporters!) New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the medicalschool community. In the mean time, you can email them every month or other month to keep them updated on your progress, scores, publications, and/or extracurriculars. Examples such as more days off than usual, lower patient load on wards, fewer wards weeks, more outpatient clinic days, etc. DOCUMENTS: please make sure to submit your documents to ECFMG on time whether your applying for an exam or submitting your degree. Key differences in the application timeline are signified in red. This takes time and a lot of edits, START EARLY! Wear make up in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Below is the data for those non-US IMG applicants who matched successfully: There is so much information in UWorld that it will help you regardlessly. As an IMG that just matched. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. Visas are a large residency application factor for Non-US International Medical Graduates (IMGs). In 2018 0 US IMGs matched neuro surgery. My cousin went SGU and as a US-IMG, even with 240 steps he ended up in rural oklahoma for internal med. ), and First Aid, Pharm: Mostly USMLE-Rx Videos, occasionally SketchyPharm, and First Aid. IMGPrep is the leading consulting company for International Medical Graduates seeking a U.S. residency program. I received this through contacts and worked out a two week observership with this physician. UWorld is king for this exam! 3 patients - break - 3 patients - lunch - 3 patients - break - 3 patients - done! It will help you stand out and get a good LOR. You will be asked from almost all topics. It will show you cannot follow a simple instruction. I did all the 3 NBMEs available and the 2 UWorld self-assesments. Please write down things you are actually interested in and take part in. If you need to apply to a different specialty, get your additional LORs submitted and edit your PS. Proper grammar is very important! So I'll resonate what others have said: you need stellar steps, probably finish neurosurgery training in your own country, then spend years doing research to build a reputation in the field and a good relationship with the department you research at. I noticed many students leave their phone on the table or texting during the day. July 2019 - Present: Observership/Externship with a Pediatrician at a local outpatient clinic. 1500 "free" positions are the strong reason to apply to Family medicine. My school wasn’t so I uploaded it through OASIS. Pros: It might make them rank you slightly higher. I would take the evens one week and he would take the odds and then we switched. I did too. I used First Aid as my primary book and then annotated with information from other resources. One of them is strong. Welcome to /r/MedicalSchool: an international community for medical students. Try to do this within 24-48 hours after your interview. If at any point you feel like giving up, take a break. Honestly, a waived LOR is better than and unwaived. “Why this program?” - Make sure to research the program before you go to interview. I also brought a small notebook to take notes in regarding the program and what I discussed in my interviews. Please apply for this exam 8-12 months ahead through ECFMG. I’d especially love to hear from other US IMGs that made it work the second time around. The most important factor is whether you are an American Medical Graduate (AMG) or International Medical Graduate (IMG). Be yourself. If you want a career as a general surgeon, here is how competitive the medical specialty is to match a general surgery residency. As a IMG you will always have a chip on your shoulder because people will always look at your education as a slight to you. If your school is a part of EMSWP, it’ll take 1-2 days. A total of 199 non-US IMGs applied and 120 matched. They answer calls and emails very quickly. I made sure to have all my documents ready just in case. Introduction. Practice doing 280 questions from UWorld in one sitting a few times to get the hang of exam day. If they still don’t want to do that, then it is better to have an unwaived letter than none at all. Family medicine is twice more popular among US IMGs. Make-up: this is not the time to experiment. The ECFMG, USMLE, ERAS, and NRMP websites have a lot of information and videos. Volunteer experiences include all extracurriculars done in medical school and after - camps, volunteering at hospitals, courses/conferences done, organizations you were in during school and after, sports and events you took part in. Make sure to inform the program while scheduling the interview. There are two main types of programs: Categorical (6 years full residency training) and Advanced (begins at PGY-2 level). So if you think it's worth it, go for it. The unique platform helps you apply smart by generating the most compatible and up-to-date Customized Residency Programs List in any of the 18 most popular specialties for IMGs. Post your trials and tribulations here! Remember, these people will be your seniors. We all hope for the best, but preparing for the worst is necessary. We encourage you to consult with a trusted advisor or mentor as you research programs. Use them! This will get you in the habit of remembering everything and help you keep revising. A total of 68 non-US IMGs applied and 28 matched. Date Timeline; June 8, 2020 ERAS 2021 season begins at 9 a.m. Show your interest. I did not use any books. FRIEDA, Residency Explorer by AAMC, and/or individual program websites. Most of time, these letter of intents make no difference. Onlinemeded has good information but some of it is outdated so refer to UWorld in those cases. Suit jacket and pants/suit jacket and dress/suit jacket and skirt are all okay. Waived LORs >>> Unwaived LORs. Take your breaks! My interviewers said I had really good letters from private physicians so they most definitely look at the content and not just the header. According to the 2018 NRMP MATCH report for IMGs, if you are a US IMG, you have a 0% chance of matching. Breathe and answer it to the best of your ability. It is closely related to UWorld questions so it’s good for revision. Yes, your LOR will carry over to the next year but also you’ll have to again pay for the token. It seems as though in addition to splendid step scores, you will inevitable need to do multiple years of research as the average research itens listed were ~47, and that will help build up a reputation, and even then the best chance of matching will be at the institution you spent years doing research and building relationships with the department. September 2019 - January 2020: Attended all interviews. These are useful and help you recharge. Aside from that, I think everyone else has been saying good advice. I cannot stress how vital and essential this is. PTAL for Cali programs is not required anymore. I contacted the physician if they would allow a student observer. Anat: Anatomy Shelf Notes for last minute review, 4 months I used to revise all the topics and 2 months dedicated for uworld, I did all the 5 Online NBMEs available and both UWorld Self-Assessments. You’ve probably heard people on Reddit bemoan how “I’m an IMG and so I need to score 50 points higher on my Step 1 – everyone knows that!” Rumors and hearsay are rampant. It is up to you to send them or not. Step back. You can always find more information on the ECFMG website or call ECFMG. Find support systems within your family and friends, colleagues, or online. Everyone will ask this! You never know if someone knows someone and it works out. Honors, Research and Awards for Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Candidates August 2019 - Received my last exam score (Step 2 CS) and soon got an email from ECFMG about my ECFMG certificate. The Residency Explorer tool will allow you to explore and compare residency programs in 23 specialties and compare your profile to applicants who matched at each program. Perfume: Don’t over do it. Shoes - if you can’t walk in heels, don’t try now. This way, on exam day, you’re ready to go! June 2019 - July 2019: I uploaded all documents I could (MSPE and Medical School Transcript) through ECFMG Oasis onto ERAS and authorized the USMLE transcript release. Because of the new rule, I feel like the CK score is going to be taken a lot more seriously so please put in all your efforts for this exam! There are so many decks for Step 1. ***START UWORLD EARLY*** - even if you do it randomly and just start answering questions, you will learn a lot. You can also always report the program to NRMP. Additionally, the date on your LOR will be a year old which is not advisable. EDit: my interview data is off, the contiguous ranks data is better then I interpreted. According to the 2018 NRMP MATCH report for IMGs, if you are a US IMG, you have a 0% chance of matching. I contacted the physician if they would allow a student observer. Most IMGs being chosen are also in rural America for primary care. Again, they will ask you all of the above so remember what you did in these experiences. There are many sources online for common questions. Even then you will have only a 36% chance of matching. These people are human and they’re just looking for the right fit as you are. Yes, you can show off your personality through your choice of clothes but just keep it professional. Another one is fine. I'm guessing that this information isn't readily available on the residency program's website so I'm asking for personal experience with anything that would make a program easier than another. u/SnooStories9238 follow unfollow. Below is the data for those non-US IMG applicants who matched successfully: If you really want it, find a program that already has a few IMG’s and get friendly with them, and expect to put several years of extra effort in to get there most likely, if you ever get there at all. They answer calls and emails very quickly. get reddit premium. Most times though, programs won’t respond and you just have to accept it, but at least you tried! My initial 2 months were spent making notes with onlinemeded and doing 40-80 UWorld questions/day. Work experiences will include all clerkships and observerships. Also, some stems may be longer than normal as well. I didn’t find any that I liked so I made my own notes using the two above resources. IMPORTANT: As you do things in school and after, write it down some where so you have this handy when you have to put all of that information in ERAS. I was able to do one round completely and then finish my incorrects. Without that ability to showcase your talents on Step 1, many people are worried the IMGs will have an even harder time matching. Most of my interviewers asked me what was the latest book I read and what I thought about it. We urge you to pay close attention. We initially practiced by talking and then we added in the “typing up notes” later (used shared Google Docs for this but, For examination practice, I used my parents. Practice this!!! Our IMG residency services can help you to study in US teaching hospitals. If not, there are lots of other great medical fields that take IMGs with better odds. There are examples of this online. This has always been a debatable thing. Keep all this in mind while working at your USCE and make sure to write down all that you saw and did. It’s important. While many applications may get double or triple 99s in … Your interviewers will most definitely look at it and ask you questions. First Aid USMLE Step 2 CS - Student to Student Guide : This is the most major source for this exam! If you have any questions regarding how to apply, do not hesitate to contact ECFMG. As an IMG you should only apply to IMG friendly residency programs whose program criteria you meet.It is very important to be selective in where you apply as there are thousands of programs. How Hard Is It REALLY to Get Into a US Residency as an IMG? Whether you want to move from India to USA, or wish to travel from Sweden to the Maldives, post your questions, your findings, and stories here. Neurological Surgery is among the most competitive specialties and will require a lot of extra work and forethought to prepare a competitive application. Asides the aforementioned factors, your … Leave your phone in your bag! Endocrine Physio: If you have time, please watch NinjaNerds for Endo. ***ANKI FLASHCARDS*** - this is something you can start while you’re in your first year of med school. It can take 1-5 days for ECFMG to process and upload LORs. I personally feel this is rude and disrespectful. Programs Applied to: 57 I didn´t apply to more programs because money is an issue for me but I applied broad through IMG … If they ask this, don’t panic. Females - I saw a lot of females bring professional tote bags. These are very helpful resources. I kept trying and I definitely raised my score! It’s basically impossible, plastics is also impossible. Out of the 28, 10 matched. July 2018 - August 2018: Observership with a Family Medicine Physician at local hospital outpatient clinic. The ECFMG, USMLE, ERAS, and NRMP websites have a lot of information and videos. Plus people post there don't mention where they got an interview or where they are in the process. The five states with the most IMG matches in 2018 were New York (1,384), Florida (529), Michigan (496), Pennsylvania (462) and New Jersey (399). Your scheduling permit for CS is valid for 12 months. Thank you for your interest in interventional radiology training at the University of Wisconsin. Visa Status: Non US-IMG 3 LOR's from american attendings. Alaska, by contrast, awarded only a single residency position to an IMG. Yes, my score is below the national average. They want to know what your responsibilities were or how you handled the situation. Cons: If you change your mind, and the program has ranked you to match and you don’t match there, they will know you lied. The latest data on what it takes to match as an IMG is summarized in the 250+ page NRMP Charting Outcomes in the 2018 Match for IMGs Document. You can also write hand-written notes and mail them. I also applied with out a step 1 score so that must have been a strong reason. Make sure to assign documents after you have chosen the programs you want to apply to. It can get expensive in the US so keep that in mind. Therefore, a total of 60% of non-US IMGs anesthesiology applicants matched in anesthesiology. Everyone will say this and it’s true. Another way to handle this (which is what I did), I would tell your letter writer when you’re applying and tell them you’d like a letter from them at that time. Be ready! Be kind, courteous, respectful, and curious. Also keep in mind that it’s possible to practice medicine in Canada after completing residency training in the US. For example, some residency programs may: Accept J-1 visas only; Sponsor H1-B visas only My first interview came in the last week of September and last interview came in January. Several IMG’s I worked with had the scores, lots of papers, some were even neurosurgeons in their home country, and still spent 2-3 years working in an unaccredited position cranking out research nonstop to get a spot at that institution. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. They will know if you’re bluffing so just be honest and yourself! I began making an informational excel sheet after I finished my last exam. Cumulatively, 2,004 applicants applied for 1,840 anesthesiology (PGY1 and PGY2) residency positions in 2018. This is your place to convince programs to interview you. Research is the most important gateway for IMGs to cross the US residency program. Therefore, a total of 41.2% of non-US IMGs emergency medicine applicants matched in emergency medicine. There are certain requirements on the photo itself (size and pixels) and it is available on ERAS or ECFMG. This is the place where you can write about yourself! Let's build this community together! 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