Participating in the SOAP Process: A Guide for Foreign Medical Graduates

The Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) occurs during Match Week. As a foreign medical graduate looking to enter a US medical residency program, there are two ways in which you might end up participating in SOAP: if you don’t receive any interview offers, or if you find out on the Monday of Match Week

Important Dates for the 2018 Residency Match

For foreign medical graduates who are looking to be matched to a US medical residency program in 2018, the winter months of waiting for Match Day can feel just as hard as the application process -- but you need to remember that there are still a few key deadlines you need to meet. If you

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

Medical Specialty Spotlight: Nephrology

Kidney disease is a growing problem around the world, but if you are looking to specialize in nephrology, one of the best countries to train in is the United States. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 14 percent of the American population has chronic kidney disease (CKD), as compared to only 10 percent

Choosing a Medical Residency: Regions of the United States

The United States is one of the largest and most diverse countries in the world. A few weeks ago, we talked about the differences between medical residency programs in urban and rural areas. However, it is important to note that even within the category of “urban” or “rural,” there are significant differences between different parts

Medical Subspecialty Spotlight: Bariatric Medicine

If you want to dedicate your career to the prevention and treatment of obesity, you may want to consider an educational track that leads you to subspecialize in bariatric medicine. Physicians who choose this subspecialty work with adults and/or children who are overweight or obese. As a bariatric medicine specialist, you would help your patients

Choosing a Medical Residency Setting: Urban or Rural?

As a foreign medical graduate, there are many factors that you must consider when applying to medical residency programs in the United States. With so many different residency programs available at universities and medical centers, it can be hard to narrow down the list, even after you have identified your specialty area of interest. One

Residency Specialty Spotlight: Pediatrics

If you want to dedicate your medical career to working with kids, a residency program in pediatrics may be the right option for you. According to 2015 data from the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), pediatrics was the third-most popular residency specialty area for foreign medical graduates, behind only internal medicine and family medicine. As