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UCLA International Medical Graduate Program

August 2, 2014

UCLA has an innovative program for IMGs from Latin America and or those who speak Spanish.

The goal of the UCLA IMG program is to provide bilingual (English-Spanish) family physicians for underserved rural and urban communities of California which include large Hispanic and other vulnerable populations.

The UCLA IMG program provides bilingual English/Spanish IMGs, who are committed to the care of our state’s underserved populations, with a comprehensive program to pass the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 2 CS and 3 months of Observerships at UCLA to compete for a California Family Medicine residency training program intern position.

Upon successful completion of the residency, the graduate will be required to spend 24 to 36 months in an underserved community providing care to those immigrants and low-income patients who face financial and language barriers for care. The service to the community after residency is a requirement for participation in the UCLA IMG Program.

The UCLA IMG site has a good amount of helpful information for the IMG community including a pearl “it is extremely important that you DO NOT take any of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLEs) without first achieving a minimum score of 500 on a National Board of Medical Examination (NBME) practice test.”

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