SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Need some help here. Say that, just like any other IMG, I want to join an official research group before applying to the match for a surgical residency... what steps should I make (from the moment I land off the plane, or even before travelling)? That, provided I've already finished my USMLEs, and waiting a year/less for the match application, and I want to join a research group in the time being... what exactly should I do? Who should I contact? Is it always university-affiliated? Do I even get paid for this pre-residency research? Any information is appreciated... Thanks.