Monday, July 25, 2016

Service helps med school grads find residency programs


Students who graduate from a medical school outside the US can often be at a disadvantage when it’s time for them to find a residency program in the states. Not only do they have to find a program that fits their study area, they need one that is friendly toward a graduate coming from another country.

My Residency List is an online database that was created by a group of doctors who know what it’s like to be an International Medical Graduate (IMG). They found their residency programs the hard way, by compiling written lists of programs to apply. Here’s how they describe that “tedious and lengthy process” on their website:

We individually had spent several weeks manually compiling data to make an informed decision on which programs to apply to.

They decided to expand their research and create a searchable database that would help other graduates streamline that process by giving them quick access to IMG friendly residency programs that match their personal profile.

Visitors to the site can quickly create a profile by answering a few basic questions: Are they an IMG? From a Caribbean or non-Caribbean school? Do they have clinical experience in the US? Do they require a visa sponsorship? And, what are their scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) tests?

The site immediately delivers a count of residency programs number of programs in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Pediatrics that the profile matches. If a graduate wants to get the lists for the five five specialty areas, the site charges $99.

For more details, visit the My Residency List website. Check the FAQ for answers to frequent questions and check out the blog for news about IMG-friendly programs and tips for applicants.


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