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Default Residency programs for IMGs

which one is less competitive for IMGs
Internal Medicine
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If you are looking at IMG friendliness, the order is:

1. Internal Medicine
6,938 Positions Available
3,029 Filled By IMGs
43% of the positions were filled by IMGs

2. Family Medicine (35% of the positions were filled by IMGs)
3,083 Positions Available
1,109 Filled By IMGs
35% of the positions were filled by IMGs

3. Pediatrics
2,675 Positions Available
451 Filled By IMGs
16% of the positions were filled by IMGs

As you can see, Internal Medicine is more IMG friendly by the numbers and it has a large amount of positions and IMGs filling those positions. However, you must have the right credentials to consider IM. Family Medicine is considered the least competitive because those programs are more flexible about scores and look at applicants as a whole.

Unfortunately, there really aren't "less competitive" specialties anymore, so your specialty choices should be based on your professional credentials and the IMG friendliness of a specialty.

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