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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

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 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.

An Overview of the USMLE Step 2 CS for Foreign Medical Students and Graduates

If you are a foreign medical student or graduate and you want to get matched to a residency program in the United States, the first thing you need to do to prepare is to get certified through the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Before your certification can be verified, you must pass all

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

Developing a Study Strategy for the USMLE Step 1

Last week on the blog, we provided an overview of the USMLE Step 1, discussing the format of the test and its general content. Passing this exam is the first major hurdle for foreign medical graduates who are applying for ECFMG certification, so if you are a foreign medical student or graduate considering applying for

An Overview of the USMLE Step 1 Examination for Foreign Medical Graduates

As a foreign medical graduate, your application process for a U.S. medical residency differs slightly from that of a student who completed their education in the United States. Most importantly, before you can apply for a residency, you must get certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In another blog post, we