IMG Perspectives

Going to America: The IMG Journey – Part 3

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By Fady Akladios

As promised in my last post, I will illustrate in this post an example of a plan for an IMG applicant attempting to obtain a residency spot in the US.

I will assume the applicant here is an IMG who is about to graduate medical school in his home country within the next 1 ½ – 2 years. I will also assume you are trying to match in 2016 (i.e. starting residency July 2016).
I will use the Gantt chart illustrated below to clarify the plan.

Going to America - part 3

Once you have decided to pursue residency in the US, there are multiple things you have to work on simultaneously. All in all, from beginning to end, the journey takes about two years of preparation and hard work.

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The Importance of Being Earnest (with Step 2 CS)

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By Sasmit Sarangi

The Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) exam is a fundamental step toward the process of residency. The basic purpose of the exam is to assess the core clinical competence of a future physician in the context of a typical clinic visit as seen in a US hospital. IMGs are often lulled into a false sense of security by the format of this exam, which stresses absolute fundamentals. However, in my opinion, and based on my experience, the Step 2 CS is perhaps the single most important exam in the current residency application process.

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So you didn’t match … now what? (An IMG Perspective)

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By Fady Akladios

Being unable to secure a residency after an educationally and personally demanding journey of a decade is probably one of the most disheartening experiences any of us can have. However, having that extra year until the next ERAS/NRMP cycle is not an excuse for a much needed vacation. This is a critical time for an IMG to unflinchingly and quickly assess what went wrong, how you can fix it, and if you truly can fix it.

Understand that an IMG will usually not match because he/she did not apply to a good number of programs, to programs seeking applicants like him/herself, or his/her application was simply not competitive enough. This becomes such a dilemma for IMG’s, who end up thinking the solution is blindly applying to 200 or even 300 programs. Applying to 200 programs blindly is not the equivalent  of applying to the right amount programs.

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A Basic Guide to Research for IMGs

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By Sasmit Sarangi

The number of IMGs doing either short-term or long-term research has increased significantly over the past few years. In my opinion, this has been driven primarily by increasing competition in the residency application process and, as a result, IMGs try to seek an extra edge.

Generally, the end of the US academic year is not the same as other countries, and IMGs often have several months between their graduation and the start of the application process. Many candidates now seek to utilize this time in research efforts.

Though it is incorrect to view research as essential, it can be a significant boost to your chances in certain specialties, at academic programs in particular, if you have complementary research experience.

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Returning back to Clinical Roots

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By Sasmit Sarangi

A large number of IMGs often have a break between graduating and joining a residency program. It is very common to at least go through the application phase and interviews after graduating from medical school. In my case, I worked for nearly two years in a research position before I applied for residency positions this year. One thing that I think helped ease my transition back into the hospital was that I did a three-month observership after the completion of my research position. I really believe this helped me get back in the right frame of mind for residency.

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Going to America: the IMG Journey – Part 2

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By Fady Akladios

As I pointed out in my previous post, Going to America: the IMG Journey, there are some important questions to consider as an international medical graduate seeking postgraduate training in the US. IMGs tend to fall into one of four main categories, each of which highlights some relevant factors to consider when answering the five questions I listed.

Recent medical graduates: You just graduated from a medical school in your home country. As an applicant from this category, one of the big ‘whys’ is that you have fresh medical knowledge and lots of energy to surpass the many hurdles you may encounter along the way. One of the difficulties for this group is that you are fully immersed in the study of medicine in your country, and you may find it challenging to plan to finish your USMLE exams and to submit ERAS application on time.

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Going to America: the IMG Journey

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By Fady Akladios

The information in this post is based on material published in the First Aid for the International Medical Graduate, 2nd edition.

As a non-US born IMG, making the decision to pursue postgraduate training in the US is a significant life decision. Not only will you be navigating a challenging certification and training process, but you will be doing so in a country with different customs, laws, people, geography, etc…

Making such a decision should not be done nonchalantly. Before you make your decision, I recommend that you sit down with a piece of paper and jot down the answers to some very important questions:

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