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IMGs Seeking Positions in U.S. Residencies Now Can Join ECFMG Advice Network
By Barbara Bein
The eligibility expansion means that IMGs who are registered with the Electronic Residency Application Service and with the National Resident Matching Program, or NRMP, now may participate in the IAN. Previously, IMGs were eligible to participate only if they had been offered a position in a training program accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and had submitted an application and payment to the ECFMG Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program for initial sponsorship as a J-1 visa "alien physician."
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In addition, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine recently launched a series of Web-based IMG residency preparation courses.
The IAN has almost 600 volunteer IMG advisers who are in, or have completed, a U.S. graduate medical education program and have a medical license in a U.S. jurisdiction. Currently, they work with about 900 advisees, although Whelan said he expects that number to increase by fall 2010.
Advisees are matched with advisers who have similar backgrounds, such as gender, country of origin, medical school attended, choice of medical specialty, practice location and family status.
The expanded advisee eligibility will allow more IMGs to find out about such topics as
- the residency matching process,
- residency program selection,
- preparation of personal statements,
- obtaining letters of reference and
- interviewing strategies.