PG Medical in USA and USMLE Exams
PG Medical Programs in the United States of America are called Residency Programs. The international medical graduates can apply for residency programs by registering with ECFMG and taking the USMLE Exams.
Applying to the right residency program can be the most crucial decision an applicant can make. The consequences of failing to pick the right program can be severe, resulting in thousands of wasted dollars and rejected applications.
To successfully match it is critical that an IMG Residency Applicant cross reference each individual programs minimum requirements with their individual qualifications. By picking the right programs you can maximize your exposure to programs that will consider your application, cut down on time required for following up with programs, and significantly decrease expenses.
Many IMG Residency Applicants spend months searching websites and contacting Residency Programs to determine their minimum qualifications. The time spent collecting information can take weeks. In addition to the wasted time and uncertain information, many IMG Residency Applicants then spend $2,000.00 to $4,000.00 on their ERAS application fees, often applying to programs that they fail to meet the minimum qualifications for.
Instead, the key to a successful application is accurate information and organization. There will be no need to spend countless hours collecting minimum requirements! We have done the work so you do not have to! We have spent hundreds of hours collecting the minimum requirements for thousands of residency programs across the country and taken all of the time, effort, and guessing out of picking the right program.
Along with required good USMLE Exam scores, the majority of residency programs in the United States require International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to complete at least three months of hand-on experience in a clinical environment prior to qualifying for residency. We offer guidance on the most effective USMLE Prepration programs and externship placement options in the United States with teaching hospitals, attending physicians who are affiliated with a U.S. medical school, and clinical facilities that accept IMGs for externships.
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FAQs on USMLE exams and Residency for International Medical Graduates
What do I need to practice in the United States?
A medical degree is simply a degree granted by the school that the student has completed training. Finishing medical school alone is not enough for the new doctor to actually practice medicine. In order to see patients, a doctor needs to have a license granted by the state.
How do I get a Medical License in the US ?
In the United States, the “license” to practice medicine is regulated by each individual state. It is not controlled by the federal government or the medical school itself.
In order to obtain a medical license, almost all states require a year of residency training. The first year of residency training is also known as internship. Another requirement is passing the third and final part of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE – or “The Boards”). As we remember from Part 2, the first two parts of the exam are administered during medical school itself.
So how does getting into residency work ?
Residency programs are specific to medical specialties. For example, there is a general surgery residency, pediatric residency, and so forth. During the last year of medical school, the student must decide which specialty of medicine he or she is interested in. Then the student will need to apply to various residency programs, visit the hospital, and interview there.
Unlike other job interviews where you can apply to many places, wait to see who hires you, and then pick from your options, the residency selection program goes through a “Match”.
The Match is run by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The NRMP is a non-profit corporation that uses complex computer algorithms to “match” students to residency programs – or you can think of it the opposite as well – to “match” residency programs to students.
What is Match and how does it work ?
After interviews, the medical student ranks the various residency programs in order of preference. This list is submitted to the NRMP. At the same time, the residency program (the faculty and other staff) ranks the students based on who they want most. This list also gets sent to the NRMP.
The computer system at NRMP then tries to match both the student and the residency program based on their highest possible preference in a way that’s fair to both.
Every student that participates in the match finds out which residency they got into on the same day, “Match Day.” Both student and residency program are committed to accept each other, meaning the student can’t change his or her mind. Likewise, the residency program can’t change it’s mind either.
What is Scramble ?
Students who failed to match (when the student ranked A, B, and C programs, but none of them picked her) or residency programs who failed to fill (not enough students ranked the program), they both undergo a stressful process of the “Scramble”. The Scramble begins two days before the Match day. In the Scramble, students frantically call for positions while programs try to fill their spots. Those who don’t have to scramble only know that they have successfully Matched, but not to which program until Match Day.
How many International Medical Graduates (IMGs) were successful in the 2018 Match ?
In 2018 Match, The PGY-1 match (first year of residency program) rates for IMGs were the highest since 1993. Out of total 33,167 residency seats, 12142 IMGs applied for the match and 6862 matched with their residency programs for a match rate of 56.6 percent.
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