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IMG Residency Match Forum International Medical Graduates (IMGs) discussing the residency matching process.


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Question What happens after finishing residency?

I'm just curious, what are exactly the options available after being done with residency ? I've searched the forum for an answer but it looks like nobody brought that up before.
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Here are the options:

- Start practicing as a physician in US. This might be in the form of private clinic practice or hospital-setting or group practice. This might be in major cities, smaller cities, or in rural areas.

- Continue with a fellowship. This option is preferred by resident who would like to further subspecialize. After fellowship you may opt into academic-research setting or again just practice as the option above.

- Some IMGs face visa problems after finishing residency and they may opt to return to their countries to continue practicing there.
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Thank you so much for replying .
& actually I have a certain scenario in mind & I wanna know if it's possible .
say I get into an IM residency since it's the most reasonable residency for IMGs to pursue, it's for 3 yrs right? after finishing that I was thinking of getting in cardiology fellowship, I guess it's for another year & I heard that if you wanna do catheters it's another year of training, I don't know if it's part of the fellowship or it's another fellowship. which brings the total to 5 years right?
my question is, did I get it right or does it take longer than that? & is it possible or it's wishful thinking ?
the reason I'm thinking in that direction is that to me cardiology and catheterization seems like a fulfilling job & since high profile surgery programs are hard to get into plus they take a long time & I'd rather do something that requires skill rather than setting in an office doing IM alone & what I just said seems like the closest thing to it.
p.s. I'm a US citizen.
Thank you for your help & I really appreciate your answer since everybody needs a goal & I gotta know if it can be done or I'm just chasing a ghost.
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3 Yrs Internal Medicine Residency + 3 Yrs Cardiology Fellowship + one year interventional = 7 years total.

Yes. It's possible and not just wishful thinking.

Your chances of getting that fellowship increases by the following factors:

High USMLE Scores
High Profile Residency in a University Program
Connections with cardiologists
Cardiology research during residency.

Remember that cardiology fellowship is one of the most difficult fellowships if not the most difficult fellowship to get, however, it's not impossible once you get into a good university based internal medicine residency program.
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thank you , i really appreciate it.
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Here are the options:

- Start practicing as a physician in US. This might be in the form of private clinic practice or hospital-setting or group practice. This might be in major cities, smaller cities, or in rural areas.

- Continue with a fellowship. This option is preferred by resident who would like to further subspecialize. After fellowship you may opt into academic-research setting or again just practice as the option above.

- Some IMGs face visa problems after finishing residency and they may opt to return to their countries to continue practicing there.
Hi steptaker,

since i m an IMG, it would be helpful if u can elaborate about the visa problems faced by the IMGs ..also can an IMG practice in the same J1 or H1 visa which we get for the residency or we need a greencard to practice.. also does doing a fellowship in any field decrease the incidence of visa problems

thanx in advance
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Hi steptaker,

since i m an IMG, it would be helpful if u can elaborate about the visa problems faced by the IMGs ..also can an IMG practice in the same J1 or H1 visa which we get for the residency or we need a greencard to practice.. also does doing a fellowship in any field decrease the incidence of visa problems

thanx in advance
I don't know the answers regarding visa issues.
But you can look it up in our dedicated Visa Issues Forum
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