After years spent finishing your undergraduate studies and obtaining a degree at a Caribbean medical school-- medical residency is the next step towards your dream of becoming a fully licensed doctor. You finally get to apply what you’ve learned along your educational journey and strike out with that hard earned MD attached to your name.
You may be feeling excited, motivated, a little (or a lot) tired--and overwhelmed? Between completing your clinical rotations, preparing for graduation, taking USMLE® exams, and everything else in life, you may not be feeling ready for the complicated Residency Application Season required to participate in The Match®.
Once you graduate from your Caribbean medical school, it’s easy to feel lost and unsure, especially if your Dean’s Office is abroad or far away, and assistance with residency may be limited. With endless questions and many time sensitive actions to take care of during the Residency Application Season, it’s enough to leave your head spinning. This is especially true for those graduating as Caribbean International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who will have to jump through far more hoops to safely enter a residency position in July.
Caribbean International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are medical graduates who obtained their medical degree (MD) from a Caribbean Medical School. Caribbean IMGs can be either US citizens, or from other nations, and still be considered Caribbean. Being a Caribbean IMG candidate is one of the most unique positions residency candidates can be in. There are many additional strategies, considerations, and exceptions that are specific to Caribbean IMGs.
Caribbean IMGs can find success in The Match® by following the tips and strategies below.
If you have not graduated from your Caribbean Medical School, you can increase your future chances by:
Caribbean IMGs are responsible for researching:
It may be tempting to become over-confident as a Caribbean IMG, but you must maintain the perspective of an IMG applicant: