Residency Programs List is an important step to residency
How do I get a medical residency in the USA
? - is a common question not only for foreign graduates but for many U.S. students.
The first thing that most students usually need to do is to pass the USMLE Step 1 exam. International students should start their preparation even earlier.
U.S. medical residency is opened for international students and graduates, but before applying to programs foreign students must contact ECFMG, start the certification process, and pass USMLE Step 1 while need to start thinking about good performance evaluation and some U.S. clinical experience during training at medical school.
Passage of Step 2 before an application is highly recommended for international graduates. U.S. osteopathic candidates, also, may need to pass USMLE exams to be matched.
Good USMLE scores are very important for a successful application.
The majority of programs use ERAS to accept applications for open residency positions.
So, applicants must register and submit documents via ERAS. Some programs may not participate in ERAS
and applicants may need to contact such programs directly.
The next step is to choose the right programs to apply to.
There are a lot of U.S. medical residency programs databases on the internet.
AMA's FREIDA medical residencies list provides information about minimum USMLE scores
requirements, program work schedule, features, and benefits, contacts and a lot of other information self-reported by programs. FREIDA
shows locations of participating institutions, filters programs by specialty, program type,
location, first-year salary, visa, percentage IMGs, total positions, types of residency programs, etc.
All above makes FREIDA a convenient source of information for U.S. medical
graduates and an important source of basic information for IMGs.
AAMC Residency Explorer provides statistics about the number of applications, scores, sex, race
and medical schools and other characteristics of matched candidates collected during the past several years for many programs.
As an important feature for IMGs, this tool shows percentages of US and non-US international medical graduates matched into the program.
Residency Explorer also compares your profile with profiles of matched candidates
and provides basic search, bookmarking, and export features.
Residency navigator by Doximity targeted on collecting information related to the reputation of the programs. Residency navigator searches by locations, Urban/Rural, Large(Public),
Pediatric, AOA (dual accreditation) characteristics of the programs.
So, what is the difference between ResidencyProgramsList and the others? First of all, Residency Programs List is targeted at providing
information about residency programs requirements like minimum USMLE Steps scores, months of U.S. clinical experience, hands-on USCE requirements,
time since graduation, first attempt passing, other possible program-specific requirements. The second direction is collecting information about the programs that willing to accept IMGs.
And the third is ranking programs by probability to be inclined towards a certain candidate.
All together makes ResidencyProgramsList an important tool for finding the right medical residency programs in USA.