Residency programs for International medical graduates are what IMGs search for when it comes to applying for medical residency in the United States. A lot of residency programs never accepted IMGs in the past, and many IMG friendly programs accept US citizens only despite able to sponsor visas. Additionally, all residency programs have their own criteria to shortlist candidates. As a result, it is very important for an IMG to have a personalized list of IMG friendly residency programs in the USA that offer chances of a match with his/her qualifications.
According to NRMP research, in general, the probability of a successful match increases with the number of applications but stabilizes after 150-200 programs even for weak applicants. It is because programs often receive thousands of applications and need to reduce the number to hundreds in some automatic way. Programs use a different but limited amount of "cut off" approaches. This is why the probability increases if to apply to more programs but stabilizes with the increase of the probability to apply to all types of different filtering algorithms that residency programs can use. Strong applicants can apply for fewer programs with the same probability of the match. Weaker applicants need to apply to more programs. But even if to apply for extra 100 programs it will not increase the probability if you already applied to all of the right programs. There is a sense to apply to a maximum reasonable amount of programs you most likely satisfy minimum requirements for interview consideration and no sense to apply to programs with tighter admission requirements.
Many residency programs require US clinical experience and clearly mention this in their application guidelines. Other programs that do not require US clinical experience officially in their application guidelines may also prefer applicants with prior US clinical experience. In reality, the probability of the match without US clinical experience is much lower than with US clinical experience. It is right to say that USCE is absolutely mandatory for competitive specialties and for applicants with low USMLE scores. For IMGs, it is highly recommended to have as much USCE as possible.
Researching residency programs and their requirements often takes an enormous amount of time. Ready to use personalized lists not only save your time for researching program requirements but also saves your time by increasing the probability of the match.
IMGs may apply to more than 100 programs to reach their goal. Applying to each additional program, over 30 programs, costs 26$. The personalized list helps you to apply for the right programs and often saves thousands of dollars for your limited budget that you may spend on gaining more USCE, for example.