IMG's Wanted!!!

 

According to a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, the need for International Medical Graduates (IMG's) is expected to continue long into the future.  Despite the increased numbers of new medical schools, new Osteopathic medical schools, and increased class sizes of existing US medical schools, the number of US graduates will continue to insufficent to fill all of the residency training positions.  In 2014-2015 there were 6,846 residency positions filled by IMG's.  The article estimates that if current trends hold, in 2023-2024 there will continue to be ~4,500 positions available to be filled by IMG's!!! 

 

 

IMG Positions

2014-2015

~6,846

2023-2024

~4,500

 

The data suggests that :

  • The need for IMG's will continue long into the foreseeable future. 
  • The number of positions will slowly decrease over the time frame indicating that the competition for spots will increase.
  • US graduates may be displaced by better qualified IMG's.

Please note that if additional spots for residency training are created the gap will widen even more!

 

Source: "Why a GME Squeeze Is Unlikely”  N Engl J Med 2015; 373:2397-2399. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1511707 "

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#10 Mary Toustsoglou 2017-05-10 16:53
Thank you Dr.Barone !!! you make me love pathology all over again!!! you give us hope !!!
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#9 My-Joy A 2016-02-08 23:36
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#8 Maria N 2016-02-08 23:35
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#7 Sumelia D 2016-02-08 23:34
This is why you're awesome Dr. John Barone
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#6 Chukwuemeka O 2016-02-08 23:34
Yes. That's true. A strong Step 1 score is the key.
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#5 Hisham S 2016-02-07 22:37
looks positive. but the competition is fierce!!! :sad: on a positive note, it will bring out the best in us!
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#4 Sakil B 2016-02-07 22:37
Glad to hear... made my day ths Dr. John Barone
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#3 Claudia V 2016-02-07 22:36
And we need you :-) :-)
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#2 Mahmood K 2016-02-07 22:35
Thanks sir :-) motivational
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#1 DrLeo 2015-12-23 04:17
I read the article yesterday. The calculations are mystifying. Would love to have seen how the extrapolation works just for the allopathic programs.
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