IMG Friendly States by Specialty

By Edison Cano

IMG Friendly States by Specialty 1Selecting residency programs is one of the biggest dilemmas International Medical Graduates (IMGs) face every year. Reviewing every program is a very difficult task when you don’t know where to start among the 4,000 programs in the United States. However, knowing which states are more (IMG) friendly for your specialty of interest can help you narrow your search.

The following specialty maps are a synthesis of data from the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Academy of Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.


These maps are meant to represent the “big picture” for IMGs in the US. Each state shows the percentage of residency positions filled by IMG graduates. The colors represent the total number of IMG residents in each state, as indicated by the legend.

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