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Can I get into a university program?

July 12, 2010

A common question that I am asked by IMG residency candidates across the board is “can I get into a university program?”

My answer is to have the applicant take a step back and look at the big picture. Residency is just a step for most IMGs to fellowship. Fellowship is where you will attain your dreams of a university program. At the moment, only 40% of non-US IMG applicants who interview match to any residency. Those who do so match at primarily IMG friendly community hospitals. A few do match at university hospitals but this is not needed to attain a fellowship. Once you are a fellow no one cares where you went to medical school. No one even asks me where I did my residency, they just care where I am working as an attending now…

So dream of a university hospital IM program but set your sights lower. Hopefully you will land at a solid residency program community or university that will allow you to get the fellowship that you desire.

So the answer to the question above is another question, “Do you need to get into a university program?” That answer in the long run is “no.”

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