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Old 08-18-2011
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I have taken my Step 1 in 2001, Step 2 CK in 2002 and got ECFMG Certified in 2007 after Step 2 CS. I did not apply due to personal reasons in 2007. Due to my family moving to United States recently, now I have a reason to apply for residency match. I would be applying for pediatrics programs. I am worried that it may be too late to get into a program. Are there a list of programs that are friendly to IMG's who have graduated 10 years ago but have kept practicing and would offer residency? Any advice is appreciated.

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Hello Footballfan_kb,

In response to your post question, Is it too late to apply for residency?, no, it is definitely not too late for you to apply to residency. I have known of IMGs who graduated in the early 1990s apply and be successful in obtaining a residency position. One thing that you will want to keep in mind when applying to U.S. residency is that you will want to apply with a complete and competitive application. In order for you to asses the competitiveness of your residency application, you may utilize a self-assessment tool called the Residency Applicant Competitive Index (Butterfly). Here is the link for your reference:

As for a list of residency programs that are IMG friendly, I am not familiar with such a list, but I do recommend that you apply to many residency programs, so that your odds of receiving residency interviews are higher. So that I am better able to assess your current situation and to advise you in your pursuit to residency, I encourage you to private message me.
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