Internal Medicine IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

What are IMG Friendly Internal Medicine Residency Programs?

These are a group of internal medicine programs that typically invite, interview and highly rank foreign medical graduates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). You can find the full list with programs requirements in this page.

What is internal medicine residency?

Internal Medicine is a discipline encompassing the study and practice of health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, care, and treatment of human beings from adolescence to old age, during health and all stages of illness. In addition to General Internal Medicine (inpatient and continuity clinics), it includes training in the following subspecialties of internal medicine: Cardiology, Critical care, Endocrinology, Hematology, Gastroenterology, Geriatric medicine, Infectious diseases, Nephrology, Oncology, Pulmonary disease, and Rheumatology either through core clinical rotations or through electives you choose.

How many years is internal medicine residency?

Internal medicine residency is composed of 3 years. In whatever rotation you are in, there will be direct supervision from an attending in that department in addition to your senior residents and you will have lectures in all specialties usually held on scheduled basis for all the residency program. The first year, also called internship, the PGY-1 resident is called an intern. The intern will be learning mainly how to follow up patients, prescribing medications, writing progress notes and discharging the patients. He also helps the senior residents doing new admissions. The PGY-2 resident will carry more responsibility but less notes to write. He will be doing the majority of the hospital admissions, rounding with the social workers and discussing with the case managers patient-related issues. The PGY-3 resident will have more electives but also will have more responsibilities in certain rotations like the ICU, CCU and as an in-house resident where he will be doing admissions and running the codes in the hospital. The third year resident will have more free time to study for the board exams.

What are the average scores for AMGs and IMGs who matched in Internal Medicine?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Internal Medicine in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 226 and 237 respectively.

For IMGs who matched in Internal Medicine the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 225 and 228 respectively.

What are the match statistics for Internal Medicine?

About 55% of positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 45% of positions go to IMGs. About 96% of AMGs who apply do match and about 45% of IMGs who apply do successfully match , as well as 20% who apply to the post match SOAP in IM also get positions.

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in Internal Medicine?

1- Answering the questions during the interviews appropriately and showing interest. Read this book at least twice before any interview: IM Q&As

2- You should apply to the same programs where IMGs matched in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly internal medicine residency programs with full selection criteria and requirements in PDF form that you can easily download to any computer or device from:  Internal Medicine IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

3- Make sure your LORs (especially from overseas) are written in a nice way so program directors will read them till the end. To help you with this task take a look into this guide: IM LORs

4- Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

I matched already, what should I do to survive internal medicine residency?

To survive internal medicine residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge and other books to help you pass the in-service and board exams. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here: Internal Medicine Recommended Books