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International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and the US Residency Match

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) is a medical professional who obtained their medical degree (M.D.) outside of the United States. IMGs typically fall into two categories: US IMGs and Non-US IMGs. The big difference between the two is that US IMGs have US citizenship and Non-US IMGs will require a visa. To learn more about your specific IMG category, select one of the links below.


Most IMG Friendly States

Based on the 2023 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State study, the Top 5 Most IMG Friendly States are:

State Number of IMGs
New York 1,557
Florida 717
Pennsylvania 600
Michigan 561
New Jersey 511

IMG Data and Facts

Match 2023 Statistics

They say statistics are worth a thousand words. It can be hard to visualize the residency application process with the number of residency candidates, IMGs, positions available and other important topics such as IMG friendly states or IMG friendly medical specialties. Explore and learn IMG specific data and topics below.