Graduate Medical Education

International medical graduates (IMGs) consistently represent approximately one fourth of both the physician workforce and the graduate medical education (GME) population of the United States.

To enter into accredited US GME programs, IMGs must be certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

However, to be certified to participate in a U.S. residency program, these candidates must pass USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills, and graduate from a medical school that is recognized by and listed with ECFMG’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED). Only then can they receive a certificate which allows them to sit for the USMLE Step 3 exam and/or participate in a U.S. medical residency or fellowship program.

Attaining a medical residency in the US is very possible for international medical graduates but it requires a competitive application.

In 2018, approximately 57.1% of international medical graduates obtained medical residency positions.
Critical Factors for successfully attaining a US Medical Residency are:

  • USMLE Step 1 Score (Average score for IMG who Matched – 227)
  • USMLE Step 2 CK Score (Average score for IMG who Matched – 233)
  • Passing Step 2 CS on First Attempt

Over the coming years demand for post-graduate training among foreign-trained graduates is likely to remain strong, particularly with the belief that the U.S. will be facing a significant shortfall in trained physicians over the coming decades.

Physicians interested in post-graduate opportunities in the United States will require increasingly high scores on the USMLE Exams in order to successfully enter into medical residencies. The competitive nature of post-graduate training in the U.S. requires high scores on relevant licensing exams required for program admission.

Kaplan Background

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With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 90 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses.

Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services. Throughout its history Kaplan, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Graham Holding Co., has consistently expanded in both its size and scope and is now one of the largest and most diverse educational providers in the world with over 1 million students across 500 locations in more than 30 countries.

At Kaplan Medical, our goal is to help improve patient care through excellence in medical education

Benefits of the USMLE for Malaysian Medical graduates & students


Thinking about becoming a doctor in the U.S.?

Thinking about becoming a doctor in the U.S.?