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Lessons for Foreign Medical Graduates from the 2016 Main Residency Match

During the 2016 residency matching process, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) monitored the outcomes for all graduates of foreign medical schools. Specifically, they kept track of match success, specialty preference, ranking information, and applicant characteristics. The data they collected provides valuable information for future applicants. If you are a foreign medical graduate looking to

Considering Advanced Studies in Interventional or Metabolic Cardiology

In the United States and around the world, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death, so there is a high demand for physicians with expertise in cardiology. Last week on the blog, we went over the steps that you need to take to become a cardiologist in the United States. After earning your

Medical Specialty Spotlight: Cardiology

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death around the world. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease accounts for about 31 percent of all deaths -- a total of around 17.7 million people per year. In the United States, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease is similar. According to the US Centers for

Preparing for the USMLE Step 3 Exam Before Your Residency

Last week on the blog, we went over they key questions you need to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to take the USMLE Step 3 before you apply to a US medical residency program. Unlike the USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS (which we have also been discussing in

Question Types on the USMLE Step 2 – CK: What You Need to Know

When you are preparing to take the Clinical Knowledge component of Step 2 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam -- also known as the USMLE Step 2 - CK -- your success depends on your familiarity with two things: the content on which you will be tested and the format of the exam. In a

Preparing for the USMLE Step 2 – CS: What NOT To Do

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the USMLE exams, which are essential for earning ECFMG certification and becoming eligible to apply for a medical residency program in the United States. In one of these posts, we introduced you to the USMLE Step 2 - CS, which tests your clinical skills. In another

Getting Ready for the USMLE Step 2 CK: A General Overview

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. As an aspiring medical resident, you have to pass both of these exams before you can move on to USMLE Step 3. Success on all three USMLE exams is a prerequisite for ECFMG certification. Therefore, if you’re a foreign

Preparing for the Two Types of Patient Encounters on the USMLE Step 2 CS

Last week on the blog, we talked about the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 2 - Clinical Skills (CS). In order to earn ECFMG certification, which is required for all foreign medical graduates who are applying for a residency in the United States, you need to pass all three steps of the USMLE.