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FMG vs IMG Residency

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I've looked around on the net but found mixed answers

Are graduates of foreign schools with a US curriculum favored over those that are taught in a different language?
Are they more/less likey to get selected for a residency?

Are us/non-us and foreign img's placed in the same pool for the residency match?
 

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IMG is usually a term for a U.S. Citizen or GC holder that obtained their degree outside of the U.S. FMG is usually refers to a true "foreigner" that resides and completed his degree in his or her country of origin. You will see both terms used interchangeably often online. USIMG's usually do better for residency because they lack any immigration issues, no language or cultural barriers and their performance on steps tends to be slightly better. I believe both have to be ECFMG certified prior to starting residency.
 
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I've looked around on the net but found mixed answers

Are graduates of foreign schools with a US curriculum favored over those that are taught in a different language?
Are they more/less likey to get selected for a residency?

Are us/non-us and foreign img's placed in the same pool for the residency match?

The only relevance of the curriculum is whether or not the school is approved in all 50 states for their graduates to receive licensure. Keep in mind that some programs have an English and Native curriculums and they both have to be approved independently.
 
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The only relevance of the curriculum is whether or not the school is approved in all 50 states for their graduates to receive licensure. Keep in mind that some programs have an English and Native curriculums and they both have to be approved independently.
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They aren't favoured per say. However they do want someone who can speak English very fluently, who scores well on the boards and of course to score well on the boards you will need to have learnt Medical English and also know written english quite well.

They just prefer the best candidate and lets be clear the best candidate is going to fundamentally be someone who is nice, easy to work with, responsible, intelligent and motivated, have a good grasp of English and US culture, won't cause unnecessary trouble etc.

Obviously US IMGs are going to have the advantage on the English and cultural aspects, but FMGs tend to have the advantage in research and they tend to be the brightest in their respective countries (not all of course) but many are and those are the people who generally match.

Ideally they want to person without a need for visa, who is highly intelligent, published widely, hard working and has a good grasp of English and culture.
 
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