Shaking Hands

Tackling Residency Interviews

You’ve graduated from medical school. You’ve completed rotations, received letters of recommendation (LORs), passed the USMLE, and sent in your applications to the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Now what? Most likely, interviews. In order to have the best chance at securing a rotation you will need to work for it. This means showing interest […]

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Applying to US Residency as an International Medical Graduate (IMG)

The path towards full licensure as a US physician is a complex one. For IMGs, the journey can be even more obstacle-filled. There are many intricate aspects for IMGs to navigate including USMLE exams, ECFMG certification, gaining US clinical experience, and working around visa issues, to name a few. In order to become a licensed […]

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How to Create an ERAS Account

Thinking of applying to a residency program in the United States? You will likely use the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). ERAS streamlines the application process for applicants, deans, letter of recommendation (LoR) authors, and program directors. AMOpportunities has put together a guide for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to help create an ERAS account and begin the […]

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Foreign Medical Graduates Treat Patients with Vast Needs

As the oncoming decline in practicing U.S. physicians becomes increasingly publicized, the healthcare industry is scrambling to find solutions. For international medical graduates, this shortage of U.S. physician opens doors to a future in the U.S. Although some may question the ability of these graduates, such concerns are built from an absence of knowledge. Training […]

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Finding Mentorship Within Medicine

In the medical world asking for help can be difficult. This is especially true for graduates who are eager to prove that their years of school, extensive testing, and many rotation has prepared for their career in medicine. If confiding in colleagues is difficult for a medical student, resident, or physician, a mentor could provide […]

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Rural Primary Care: A Call To Action for IMGs

On June 22, The Washington Post shared an extensive article chronicling one rural Tennessee couple’s search for medical attention. The journey took Lisa and Stevie Crider on a bus ride to a school, towns away, where they waited overnight in a line of more than 500 individuals to receive treatment for various medical ailments. The […]

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4 Tips to Succeed in the Match

With the culmination of one Match season comes the beginning of another. The National Residency Match Program, also known as “The Match,” uses an algorithm to match medical school graduates with residency programs. Through this process, medical school graduates can begin their residency at the institution best suited for them. While international medical graduates (IMGs) […]

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Students in residency contributed to data from the 2019 NRMP

Data from the 2019 NRMP

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) is the channel through which physician hopefuls fill residency spots.  Since the 1950s, the number of individuals participating in The Match rises steadily each year. Despite record-breaking 44,603 applicants this year, the number of International Medical Graduates applicants continue to dwindle. While the exact reason for the low number […]

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The U.S. Physician Shortage

Why America Needs Foreign Medical Graduates

Healthcare in America is facing an imminent shortage of physicians. The shortage will become increasingly visible within certain specialties, geographic locations, and within minority communities across the U.S. Despite the competition and myriad of physician hopefuls, the U.S. does not have the educational resources to turn out medical graduates at the speed necessary to maintain […]

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Doctors taking notes

Observerships vs. Shadowing

Observerships vs. Shadowing AMOpportunities provides international medical graduates (IMGs) observership experiences. However, many IMGs wonder about the difference between an observerships and shadowing. We’ve decided to help clarify the two here:  Observerships Observerships are shadowing-only experiences. Students observe a physician in their day-do-day environment. There is no direct patient care involved, which means no histories, physicals, or access to patient data. Observerships are available for many types of students […]

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