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Top 10 IMG Friendly States in the US

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Are you considering doing your residency training in the US? If yes, then this one is for you.

It’s important to be aware that what states you apply to as an IMG (International Medical Graduate) matters. Considering the entire US residency application process is financially tasking, I can imagine the last thing any IMG wants to do is spend even more money applying to residency programmes where they are very unlikely to get invitations for an interview. So, it’s crucial that you do your research and decide where you want to channel your resources (aka money! LOL!). For instance, Alaska and Delaware from the 2018 Match (NRMP) each have 1 IMG, Vermont has 2, Colorado has 4, while Wyoming and Montana each have 0. With this information, it’s a no-brainer deciding whether or not applying to these states are in your (and your bank account’s) best interest.

But because we love you so much, we have taken the time to do the research for you so you can focus on the other things that matter. We have ranked them according to the number of IMGs as is reported by NRMP (National Residency Matching Programme) for the 2018 Match.

Having said all this, here are the Top 10 IMG Friendly States in the US*:

  1. New York (1,384)
  2. Florida (529)
  3. Michigan (496)
  4. Pennsylvania (462)
  5. New Jersey (399)
  6. Texas (378)
  7. Illinois (360)
  8. Ohio (341)
  9. California (290)
  10. Massachusetts (242)


*Disclaimer: This information is in no way intended to ‘accuse’ any US states or residency programmes of discrimination towards IMG’s, but is intended for information purposes, backed up with facts.


References: 2018 NRMP Main Residency Match®;

Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

The author Dr Wendy Evans-Uhegbu

Dr. Wendy Evans-Uhegbu is a graduate of The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, with experience in Connected Health, Medical Technology, Clinical Research, Medical Education, Medical Communications, and Web Design/Development. She is a part of the Medics Abroad team with the role of Chief Communications Officer. She is also a Medical Writer at 3D4 Medical and runs a Medical Communications and Children's books company (ODR Integrated Services/ ODR Books).  She is the author of the newly published children's book series "The Things Around Me".

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