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What determines the IMG Friendliness of Residency Programs?
by lee-usmle 03-19-2010, 01:40 PM

There are two kinds of program directors here in the US.

Type number 1:
This type is the prevalent type (maybe 70-80% of all programs). They are looking for fresh graduates and they don't want to see old "Experienced" overseas IMGs. Their idea is to bring fresh unaltered grads so that they can then mold them the way they want to fit into the US system. They think that if you are so experienced it is hard for them to change your fixed stiff skills and attitudes. Such programs tend to be University based "high profile" programs.

Type number 2:
This is not the prevalent type (maybe 20-30% of all programs). These people recognize and sometimes have high regard to overseas experiences specially if it comes from a high profile prestigious settings. They think, why not to take an experienced IMG so that we don't spend time and efforts teaching him/her. Such programs tend to be community based "low profile" programs.

If you want to enhance your CV to make it appealing for type 1 above then you must have a US clinical experience. Such an experience can be gained by signing up for paid hands-on externships or by doing observerships or by doing clinical research.

So the question of which residency program is "IMG Friendly" really relies on which version of program director (or other influential people) attitude you have.
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hey ,u say there r 2 kinds..so i was wondering in which category will i fall in.??

i am an old graduate from 2003. and i completed my post graduation in 2007...But after that i came to US from my home country so i don't really ve much of work experience. I am just sitting at home ..so will they consider me as a fresh graduate??
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hey ,u say there r 2 kinds..so i was wondering in which category will i fall in.??

i am an old graduate from 2003. and i completed my post graduation in 2007...But after that i came to US from my home country so i don't really ve much of work experience. I am just sitting at home ..so will they consider me as a fresh graduate??
The article is talking about two kinds of programs, not two kinds of students. However, as far as your case, you are definitely considered an old IMG grad and your gap in the CV will certainly adversely affect your status. You should do something right now to rescue your CV. Examples are research or USCE.
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thank you for the advice!
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