Old IMG seeking advice


I graduated in 2009 from Saint Petersburg Russia , completed one year of rotations and one year of pediatric residency in West Bank, Palestine, Immigrated to the US in 2012 , passed CK with low score in 2013 , passed CS in 2014 , yesterday i took step 1 and hopefully I will pass .
I have no idea what to do or where to start in applying for residency.
I would really appreciate any help or advice .


First step is to be familiar with the ECFMG.org… Did you get your ECFMG your credentials from Med school?


Thank you for responding ,
Yes I did and I I’m waiting for my Token number .


Hello! Starting the residency application process can be confusing for sure. To help you get a handle on the process, here are some resources for you to check out. First, here are some official websites to be familiar with:

  1. ECFMG: http://www.ecfmg.org/
    Advocate and IMG services, your best friend. You will need to be ECFMG certified to start a residency

  2. AAMC: https://www.aamc.org/
    Home of ERAS, the main application website

  3. ERAS for Applicants: https://students-residents.aamc.org/attending-medical-school/how-apply-residency-positions/applying-residencies-eras/
    Where you put together your residency application, search/select programs and apply

  4. NRMP: http://www.nrmp.org/
    Home of The Match after you have applied to programs

Below are helpful articles to help you get to know the Application Process:

Timeline and Checklist 2017-18 Match Season: http://blog.matcharesident.com/img-residency-timeline-checklist-2017-18-residency-application-cycle/
All of the ERAS application components: http://blog.matcharesident.com/eras-application-2017-18-international-medical-graduates-imgs/
Fees for the Application Process: http://blog.matcharesident.com/fees-for-the-2016-17-us-medical-residency-application-season/

There are also other blogs about Letters of Recommendation, Interviews, and Rank Order Lists that you can explore on the blog.

Please get in touch if you have any questions! You can reach free guidance and consultation by calling 858-299-2003 ext. 2, or emailing support@matcharesident.com


I guess @OliviaM have it all for you. :slight_smile:


Thank you Olivia ,
I appreciate you guys .


Hello Jaawan fady. My advice to you is as follow. I graduated medical school in 2006 from egypt and did my residency in lebanon , finished my residency their. I came to Houston in 2009 did my steps, did ok on step 2, passed cs all first attempt and did ok on step one. I also had clinical experience as well in USA and I am a US citizen. I applied in 2013 and 2014 for match and got nothing( no interviews). Also donot apply to texas they only care about grades, alot of the programs look for grades. I came to chicago illinois in 2015 and re did my medical school to get a new graduation date ( may 2017) I also got my surgical assistant certificate and my Electromagnetic nerve conduction certification this year too as well. I am applying this year as well. If you are an older graduated you need to do some observership , or to get connection from inside. I know alot of people who had connection from inside some people paid money to get in and they did…Apply this year and see how it goes, best of luck to you. I speak russian, arabic, english and french.


Wow I’m so impressed Loda2008 .
If i was a residency program director i would hire you the first one .
I understand its so difficult but we should give it a try and do our best .
Good luck for you .


Hey Loda,
I hope you are doing well and got a lot of interviews.
I wonder why this happened to you because I see people who graduated in 2001! And getting IV’s .
I graduated in 2009 , my scores are very low, my observerships are not strong, all were done in one month ! And I got IV’s alhamdo lellah , I’m not sure though if I will match or no . But speaking 4 languages and having home residency should guarantee you IV’s . Don’t know exactly where did you apply and what happened exactly with you but in general it’s tough and vary from one person to another.
Any way good luck !


Hi. You said you got IVs. Can you tell what additional points you had? I graduated in 2013 from India. And have a low step 1 score. If I get a above average score in step 2, do I have a chance?


Hello Loda,
Would you please kindly share where you repeated your med school from? Im also a 2006 grad. I researched on repeating the MD degree but heard that if ECFMG already has your credentials/diploma from your old school, you cannot have another diploma.