The International Medical Graduate and Emergency Medicine

J Emerg Med. 2020 Feb;58(2):e99-e104. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2019.10.023. Epub 2019 Dec 5.


International medical graduates (IMGs) are medical graduates who have received their degree from international medical schools. IMGs must undertake a 3-step process to apply to the National Residency Matching Program match. First, they must obtain a valid standard certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Following certification, they must apply for and secure a position in a residency training program. Third, they must obtain a visa that would enable them to commence their training. In this article, we delve thoroughly into these stepladders to provide IMGs with a clear roadmap of the process as well as contacts to key agencies that may provide more comprehensive assistance.

Keywords: ECFMG; EM; Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates; IMGs; NRMP; National Residency Matching Program; emergency medicine; international medical graduates; match; residency; visa.

MeSH terms

  • Certification
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Educational Measurement
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Foreign Medical Graduates*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • United States