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February 27, 2018

International Medical Graduates—A Critical Component of the Global Health Workforce

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 3Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC
JAMA. 2018;319(8):765-766. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.17961

Every year, thousands of applicants prepare their applications for residency in the United States, including candidates from medical schools outside the country. According to the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates, 12 355 international medical graduates (IMGs) participated in the 2017 US match (7284 [59%] of whom were not US citizens); of the latter group, 3814 (52.4%) were offered first-year positions, accounting for 13.2% of all awarded positions in the match.1