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Follow ECFMG on Twitter @ECFMG_IMG

ECFMG is excited to announce the launch of its latest social media platform, a new Twitter account at https://twitter.com/ECFMG_IMG. If you are an international medical student or graduate (IMG) interested in ECFMG Certification and graduate medical education (GME) in the United States, please follow us @ECFMG_IMG to learn more about ECFMG programs, the residency application process, important deadlines, resources from ECFMG and other organizations, and much more.

IMGs comprise approxi­mately 25% of physicians in training in the United States. ECFMG is pleased to offer Twitter to the many talented medical students and graduates who pursue ECFMG Certification and U.S. GME. We hope that you find it helpful.


IMG Performance in the 2017 Match

For the 15th consecutive year, the number of first-year (PGY-1) residency positions offered through the National Resident Matching Program® (NRMP®) Main Residency Match® increased. A total of 28,849 first-year positions were offered in the 2017 Match. This represents an increase of 989 positions compared to last year and an increase of more than 8,200 positions since 2002.

Compared to 2016, the number of international medical graduates (IMGs) who participated in the Match decreased by 435. While the number of IMGs who matched to first-year positions decreased by 47, the percentage of IMGs who matched increased. Of the 12,355 IMGs who participated in the 2017 Match, 6,591 (53.3%) matched. In the 2016 Match, 6,638 (51.9%) IMGs were matched to first-year positions. (The preceding data include a very small number of Fifth Pathway applicants who participated in the 2016 and 2017 Matches. For 2017, these data include two Fifth Pathway participants who are not represented in the data below.)

Of the 7,284 IMG participants who were not U.S. citizens, 3,814 (52.4%) obtained first-year positions. The number of non-U.S. citizen IMGs who obtained positions increased in 2017 for the sixth year in a row, this year by 45.

Of the 5,069 U.S. citizen IMG participants, 2,777 (54.8%) were matched to first-year positions, a decrease of 92 from last year. The number of U.S. citizen IMGs matching to first-year positions has increased in 12 of the last 14 Matches.

About the Match

The annual NRMP Match is the system by which applicants are matched with available residency positions in U.S. graduate medical education (GME) programs. Participants submit to the NRMP a list of residency programs, in order of preference. Ranked lists of preferred residency candidates are likewise submitted by U.S. GME programs with available positions. The matching of applicants to available positions is performed by computer algorithm. The Match results announced in March of each year are for GME programs that typically begin the following July.

Additional Resources on the Match and Match Results

The preceding Match data are based on the Advance Data Tables: 2017 Main Residency Match® compiled by NRMP. These tables provide detailed information on the positions offered and filled by the Match in 2017 and prior years. To access these tables, or to obtain further information on NRMP, visit www.nrmp.org.

In December of each year, JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association traditionally publishes an in-depth analysis of graduate medical education in the United States. This analysis includes the number of IMGs entering and continuing in U.S. GME programs and a breakdown of IMG resident physicians by specialty and subspecialty. Visit your medical school’s library or http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx.


ACGME Releases Revised Requirements for U.S. Residency and Fellowship Programs

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today released a final set of revisions to the professional standards that all accredited U.S. residency and fellowship programs follow. The new requirements, which take effect July 1, 2017, reinforce a culture of patient safety and physician well-being in residency training programs by strengthening the focus on patient-centered, team-based care.

While the total number of hours per week that first-year residents work will not change, the revised requirements return first-year residents to the same schedule as other residents and fellows, re-establishing the commitment to team-based care and seamless continuity of care while also ensuring professionalism, empathy, and the commitment of first-year residents to their patients. The limit on continuous work for first-year residents will return to 24 hours, a limit that has been in place nationwide for all other residents and fellows, plus up to four hours to manage necessary care transitions.

For more on the revised requirements, please read:


Update: Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new executive order that limits the entry of certain foreign nationals to the United States. This new order replaces Executive Order 13769, which was signed on January 27.

At this time, ECFMG is reviewing the new order in consultation with immigration counsel and other organizations in the U.S. medical education community. As we determine what impacts the new order might have on international medical students and graduates, we will communicate directly with individuals that we believe may be affected. We also will provide updates to officials of U.S. graduate medical education programs.

As updates become available, they also will be posted to our Resources on Executive Order web page. Please monitor this web page for the latest information.

[posted January 28, 2017; updated February 4, 2017, March 6, 2017]


Attend the AMA 20th Anniversary IMG Symposium

The American Medical Association International Medical Graduates (AMA-IMG) Section invites you to attend its Symposium commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the AMA-IMG Caucus, which will take place April 2-3 in Irvine, California. ECFMG is honored to be presenting at this event, which will focus on “IMG Contributions to American Medicine: What They Give Back.” See the flyer for information on the agenda and speakers, and visit http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/our-people/member-groups-sections/international-medical-graduates/meetings/img-symposium.page to register.


AAMC Service for Applicants Seeking Residency Positions
March 14, 2007
Filed under: U.S. Graduate Medical Education

Offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), FindAResident® is a web-based search tool for finding open residency and fellowship positions in a variety of accredited specialties.

Open year-round, FindAResident is an effective resource for residency candidates who:

  • experienced an unsuccessful match through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) or post-Match Scramble,
  • are looking for off-cycle positions or specialties not featured in ERAS, or
  • want to change specialties, locations, or residency or fellowship programs.

By registering with this online service, candidates can post their resume, test scores, photo, curriculum vitae, and other pertinent information for programs to view. Users can also search a database of open training positions by post-graduate year level, specialty, and geographic preference. Programs are able to directly update vacancy information at any time, so the unfilled position information remains accurate and current.

FindAResident complements both the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP); it does not replace these services. FindAResident offers additional benefits to applicants participating in ERAS. ERAS participants can import information from their certified ERAS Common Application Form (CAF) directly into FindAResident.

Use of this service requires registration and a subscription fee; active ERAS users receive a discount on that fee. Subscriptions begin on the date of purchase and conclude at the end of the FindAResident season (September 14). For more information or to subscribe, visit FindAResident on the Web.




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