In part 1 we talked about the importance of education your family so they see the value of investing in an IMG agency to give students US clinical experience, and now we will continue where we left off. We defined what an IMG is, we went over the ECFMG, and the STEP 1 and 2 exams. We then concluded by looking at the time limits and how they align with the Match.
Now we can move into some other areas that family members should be aware of to really get a grasp of how much work IMGs put into becoming eligible to gain the US clinical experience so they can feel confident in investing in their loved one’s future.
Learn about Medical Education Credential Requirements and Process
A physician’s graduation year and medical school are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Students are awarded credit for their four credit years spent in medical school. A medical diploma is then awarded based on the documentation for completion of all credits and receipts. Then the final medical school transcripts are pieced together.
As for the certification process goes, it is broken into parts. The first part of this process begins when one applies to the ECFMG for their USMLE / ECFMG identification number. When this number is obtained, one can use it to complete their application for ECFMG certification. When the application is submitted, the student can apply to take the examination.
Keep in mind that because one of the certification requirements is the verification of one’s medical school diploma, the process can not be completed until the student has graduated. Once examination eligibility requirements have been met, one can apply for the required examinations that are offered throughout the year.
The Federation of State Medical Boards releases state-specific requirements for initial medical licensure. These include the number of attempts at allowed licensing exams, minimum required postgraduate training, and time limits for completion of licensing examination sequence required for licensing eligibility. IMG agencies can help people avoid wasting money and time applying in states that have limitations on training permits and licensing to fewer IMGs than the complete list covered in the World Directory of Medical Schools. This is why it is so important to partner with IMG agencies to make sure graduates get their ideal placement within their target state so they can have the best US clinical experience.
Let IMG Agencies Help Students Apply to US Graduate Medical Education Programs
Without the help of IMG agencies, graduates are left to the hercy of navigating the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FRRIDA Online. This is an online directory of graduate medical education programs sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA). Another residency directory is offered by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the AAFP offers an online directory of family medicine residency with various search functionality.
Based on the medical specialty, there are specific pieces of information on individual programs with their own applications and deadlines. All of these programs need to be individually contacted to fully understand the guidelines, and deadlines. Then various pieces of information need to be properly submitted.
As you can see, a great deal of work goes into simply getting placement in a residency program in America, and there are many hoops to jump through to ensure the best US clinical experience possible. Invest in one of many IMG agencies today, and help your loved one get a head start in a highly competitive race.