Monday 18 June 2012

Best states for Internal Medicine residency for IMGs

This is a part of the series of articles which seeks to investigate which states are international medical graduate (IMG) friendly. The concept of IMG friendliness has been around for a long time and has come to denote places or programs which tends have a portion of foreign medical graduates as residents. The following article deals with internal medicine residency only and the reader is directed to the main page of the subsection if they want to read about other specialties. Medicine belongs to a family of specialties that has shown accelerated growth as far as increase in residency spots, which is why it becomes imperative to apply wisely and choose places well.
The states have been listed on the abscissa and include the all continental US states and the percentage of IMGs in the state are depicted on the ordinate. The data is compiled from NRMP, results and data section. You can click on the image to zoom in.

Fig 1. Internal medicine residency and IMG friendly states: source NRMP
Given below is a list of Top 10 worst states for an applicant seeking Internal medicine residency and excludes the common obvious choices like Alaska, Hawaii etc.
  1. Wyoming
  2. Vermont
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Montana
  5. Delaware
  6. Utah
  7. South Carolina
  8. Colorado
  9. Oregon
  10. Washington
The reason I have included the ones listed above, because they are states where foreign graduates still tend to apply.

Top 10 Best states for an applicant seeking Internal Medicine residency are,
  1. Nevada
  2. South Dakota
  3. Michigan
  4. Arkansas
  5. New Jersey
  6. West Virginia
  7. North Dakota
  8. Connecticut
  9. New York
  10. Georgia
Indiana came in at number 11 and Nebraska came in at 12.
Caveat: The caveat remains the same, remember these are percentages and can be influence by individual number of spots. however, this list will help curb unnecessary spending and save money in application costs by informing the applicant of those states, which have low or none foreign trained residents at the same time, enhancing the chances of matching by applying to the correct states. Go back to the main page of this section to check out other specialties. If you want to receive updates and stay in touch join on Facebook or follow me on Twitter!

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