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The Most IMG-Friendly Diagnostic Radiology Programs in the US

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by Blen Tesfu in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) diagnostic radiology is as a US medical specialty? Do you want to know your chances of matching in this highly competitive field? Would you love to figure out what diagnostic radiology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

This article will give you the most up-to-date information on IMG-friendly diagnostic radiology programs. Use this information to strategize on whether – and where – to apply to maximize your chances of matching as an IMG in diagnostic radiology.


  • Diagnostic radiology is not an IMG-friendly US medical specialty, It has a low % of spots filled by IMGs and a moderate % of match rate for IMGs
  • However, some diagnostic radiology programs have a large number of IMGs, including Rutgers Health/Cooperman Barnabas and SUNY Upstate with 81% each.
  • In addition, most diagnostic radiology programs favor US IMGs while some prefer non-US IMGs
  • See the full list of searchable residency programs to strategize where IMGs have recently been the most welcome
  • Be sure to bookmark this page – and sign up for the newsletter – to keep up with the latest residency and USMLE trends and maximize your chances of matching

Table of Contents

What is an IMG Again?

Let’s start with some definitions.

IMG: International Medical Graduate
  • You attended a medical school outside of the United States and Canada
US- vs. Non-US IMGs

IMGs consist of two sub-groups:

  • US-IMGs: US Citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in the US but went to a Caribbean medical school (a non-US school).
  • Non-US IMGs: Non-US citizens or permanent residents who attended a “foreign” medical school. Example: someone born in South Korea, who does not have US citizenship or a green card, and who went to medical school in South Korea.
NRMP: “National Resident Matching Program®”
  • The organization that administers the “Match.” In the Match, the NRMP pairs residency applicants with a residency program.

Note that “International Medical Graduate” (IMG) refers to the medical school you attended. Thus, a foreign citizen who attends a US medical school is NOT an IMG. However, a US citizen attending a med school outside the US would be considered an IMG. (Technically, s/he would be a US IMG).

For more on how IMGs can attain residency in the US, see The IMG’s Guide to Obtaining Residency in the United States (2022).

Diagnostic radiology is Not IMG-Friendly

Looking at the % of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see diagnostic radiology was not IMG-friendly. Only 8% of spots were filled by IMGs.

However, it had a moderate match rate for IMGs in the 2022 Match, with 40% of IMGs being matched:

Here are the same data represented in a table:

% Spots Filled by IMGs% Spots Filled by US IMGs% Spots Filled by non-US IMGsTotal Positions OfferedTotal # All Applicants
Child Neurology15%4%11%188182
Diagnostic Radiology8%2%6%1,1551,568
Emergency Medicine7%6%1%2,9212,813
Family Medicine21%13%8%4,9165,055
General Surgery9%3%5%1,6222,400
Internal Medicine36%9%25%9,80911,598
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics5%2%2%392458
Interventional Radiology2%0%2%169226
Neurological Surgery8%1%7%240379
Obstetrics and Gynecology5%2%3%1,5032,044
Orthopaedic Surgery2%1%1%8751,435
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation6%2%3%532725
Plastic Surgery6%1%4%194340
Radiation Oncology11%5%7%185162
Vascular Surgery7%0%7%84143

For more on the most IMG-friendly medical specialties, see this article.

The Most IMG-Friendly Diagnostic Radiology Residency Programs

While diagnostic radiology as a field is not IMG-friendly, that is not true for all diagnostic radiology residency programs. For example, six diagnostic radiology residencies in the most recent GME census had IMG percentages of 65% or higher. Two of these programs, Rutgers Health/Cooperman Barnabas and SUNY Upstate, had 81% rates.

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly diagnostic radiology programs. It includes data from the most recent National GME Census Survey. Percentages are of all residents in the program in 2020.

ACGME residency program codeResidency program nameCityState% residents IMG (US + Non-US)% residents US-citizen IMGs% residents non-US-citizen IMGs% residents US MD graduates% residents US DO graduatesProgram consider applicants with J-1 visa?Program consider applicants with H-1B visa?Program consider applicants with F-1 Visa (OPT 1st year)?# categorical positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# categorical positions filled (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# advanced positions filled by (2021 NRMP Main Match)# applications submitted (2021 NRMP Main Match)% applicants interviewed (2020 NRMP Main Match)
4203321215Rutgers Health/Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center ProgramLivingstonNJ81756613YesNoNo004452014
4203521147SUNY Upstate Medical University ProgramSyracuseNY813546128YesNoNo007752721
4203331118Rutgers Health/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center ProgramNewarkNJ755025817YesNoNo003347413.8
4203521143SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ProgramBrooklynNY725616226YesNoNo0088596
4201121050Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida ProgramMiami BeachFL6743241419YesNoNo0055101913
4200111008USA Health ProgramMobileAL6550152015YesNoNo005547918.2
4203521214Harlem Hospital Center ProgramNew YorkNY594217338YesNoNo003376511.4
4200421012University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine ProgramLittle RockAR5617392519YesYesNo870058620
4202521096Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University ProgramDetroitMI5529263213YesNoNo009985013.2
4202422082Lahey Clinic ProgramBurlingtonMA485432429YesNoNo004459015.2
4202421090UMass Chan Medical School ProgramWorcesterMA452817506YesNoNo004468011.4
4200821216Norwalk Hospital ProgramNorwalkCT404004020YesYesYes002247618.6
4201100263HCA Healthcare/USF Morsani College of Medicine GME Programs ProgramTrinityFL404001050NoNoNo0066599.8
4202121235Tulane University ProgramNew OrleansLA4015255010YesNoNo550064214.9
4201621055Cook County Health and Hospitals System ProgramChicagoIL3825132538NoYesNo004468112.9
4203511123Nassau University Medical Center ProgramEast MeadowNY3825135013YesNoNo004447823.6
4203821232Aultman Hospital/Mercy/NEOMED ProgramCantonOH3813251350YesYesNo004445811.8
4203511121Albany Medical Center ProgramAlbanyNY353505510YesNoNo005581814.7
4202112074Ochsner Clinic Foundation ProgramNew OrleansLA341717634YesNoNo550054517
4201121223University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville ProgramJacksonvilleFL3322112244YesNoNo005572611.1
4203331115Rutgers Health/Monmouth Medical Center ProgramLong BranchNJ333301750NoNoNo004444514.8
4203500255Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Mather Hospital ProgramPort JeffersonNY303004030YesNoNo003344813.2
4202412088UMass Chan - Baystate ProgramSpringfieldMA290292447YesNoNo004451919.1
4202111075Louisiana State University (Shreveport) ProgramShreveportLA28721647YesNoNo440050714.7
4200821043Yale-New Haven Medical Center ProgramNew HavenCT26818740YesYesYes00141478427.1
4201612063AMITA Health/Saint Francis Hospital ProgramEvanstonIL251784233YesNoNo00428145.3
4202021071University of Kentucky College of Medicine ProgramLexingtonKY257183639YesNoNo008857821.7
4202421086Tufts Medical Center ProgramBostonMA252056015YesNoNo005583212.9
4202821110St Louis University School of Medicine ProgramSt LouisMO252145817YesYesNo007787614.2
4203311116Atlantic Health System/Morristown Medical Center ProgramMorristownNJ241952452YesNoNo005551915.8
4203521222Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital ProgramStony BrookNY24204688YesNoNo007757426.2
4201121250Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Jacksonville) ProgramJacksonvilleFL231765622YesYesYes550066517.5
4200911044Christiana Care Health Services ProgramNewarkDE222201167YesNoNo440063712.6
4200521027University of California (San Diego) Medical Center ProgramSan DiegoCA21021773YesNoNo00887719.4
4201121049University of Miami/Jackson Health System ProgramMiamiFL21714762YesNoNo00101077214.6
4201100261Larkin Community Hospital ProgramSouth MiamiFL20200334700447230
4202711107University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS20128728YesNoNo881161118.6
4202811108University of Missouri-Columbia ProgramColumbiaMO205155030YesYesNo005571015.3
4203521224Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (West) ProgramNew YorkNY201826118YesYes00111171016.6
4203512145Rochester General Hospital ProgramRochesterNY180187112YesYesNo006648019.1
4202211076Maine Medical Center ProgramPortlandME171706717YesNoNo330045710
4202311079University of Maryland ProgramBaltimoreMD17314803YesNoYes007777516.7
4202500106McLaren Health Care/Oakland/MSU ProgramPontiacMI17170875NoNoNo330061716.2
4200822041Hartford Hospital ProgramHartfordCT165114242YesNoNo005556813.8
4202431083Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School ProgramBostonMA16106840YesYesNo008868713.4
4203021112University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE151056719YesNoNo005539618.4
4200321011University of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson ProgramTucsonAZ12935335YesNoNo009962313.6
4201821068University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ProgramIowa CityIA1266880YesYesNo443358117.2
4203521251Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY1266880YesYesNo005557717.4
4200500915KPC Health ProgramHemetCA990091NoNoNo33003059.1
4202621104University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMN9635239YesNoNo881177912.7
4202821231University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityMO9906823YesNoNo006647814.1
4203511146University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY936829YesNoNo00101054718.7
4200511035Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center ProgramTorranceCA880920NoNoNo006645327.3
4200521018Cedars-Sinai Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA880920NoNoNo003347910.7
4201611064Loyola University Medical Center ProgramMaywoodIL8447914YesNoNo007764714.1
4201912070University of Kansas (Wichita) ProgramWichitaKS8084250YesNoNo004438519.3
4202512102Beaumont Health (Royal Oak) ProgramRoyal OakMI808884YesYesNo880058121.5
4203511138New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY880920YesNoNo006668513.2
4203521126Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY844930YesYesYes007765117.4
4203531124Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramManhassetNY8807814YesYesNo00101051526.5
4200511023UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA725930YesNoYes00121263116.8
4201100262HCA Healthcare: East Florida Division GME: Aventura Hospital and Medical Center ProgramAventuraFL7706033YesNoNo55008966.4
4203821153Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH770877YesNoNo00101075510.6
4200300935Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Arizona) ProgramPhoenixAZ660940YesYesYes222266111.4
4200521034Stanford Health Care-Sponsored Stanford University ProgramStanfordCA633940YesNoNo009960116.1
4202131259Louisiana State University ProgramNew OrleansLA6607124YesNoNo005554821.2
4202421085Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School ProgramBostonMA633940YesYesYes008866910.7
4202512092Beaumont Health (Dearborn) ProgramDearbornMI6604450NoNoNo44005048
4203321226Rutgers Health/New Jersey Medical School ProgramNewarkNJ6067817YesNoNo004460128.8
4201021046George Washington University ProgramWashingtonDC550895YesNoNo004477511.1
4202021230University of Louisville School of Medicine ProgramLouisvilleKY5507124YesNoNo007752216.9
4202811111Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSt LouisMO505950YesYesYes00171773023.9
4203521136Westchester Medical Center ProgramValhallaNY505950YesYesNo005548324.4
4203521240NYU Long Island School of Medicine ProgramMineolaNY5507520YesNoNo0000571
4200111007University of Alabama Medical Center ProgramBirminghamAL404960NoNoNo009954720.1
4200521014University of California (Irvine) ProgramOrangeCA440914NoNoNo006654617.8
4201121048University of Florida ProgramGainesvilleFL422932YesNoNo00111167023.1
4201121051University of South Florida Morsani ProgramTampaFL4047917NoNoNo007765212.3
4201221052Emory University School of Medicine ProgramAtlantaGA422924YesYesYes00141496419.1
4201221053Medical College of Georgia ProgramAugustaGA4045046YesNoNo006560811.5
4202311077Johns Hopkins University ProgramBaltimoreMD330970YesYesYes008867816.1
4202421080Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ProgramBostonMA303970YesNoNo008867625.2
4202421081Boston University Medical Center ProgramBostonMA330970YesYesYes009974915.9
4203812154Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH3307324YesYesYes008880913.5
4203821152University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine ProgramCincinnatiOH3305938YesNoNo008861615.2
4205621210University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics ProgramMadisonWI303970YesNoNo008861723.7
4202621105Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science (Rochester) ProgramRochesterMN220980YesYesYes00131360030.5
4200121006Brookwood Baptist Health ProgramBirminghamAL0007921YesNoNo440059716.9
4200312010Creighton University School of Medicine (Phoenix) ProgramPhoenixAZ000973YesNoNo008850221.8
4200500001Arrowhead Regional Medical Center ProgramColtonCA000220
4200500916HCA Healthcare Riverside ProgramRiversideCA000440
4200500917Riverside University Health System ProgramMoreno ValleyCA0NoNoNo2200018
4200511013University of California Davis Health ProgramSacramentoCA0001000YesNoNo006650620.7
4200511021University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA000937NoNoNo008856010.2
4200512020Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) ProgramPasadenaCA0008020NoNoNo220050219.4
4200521001David Grant Medical Center ProgramTravis AFBCA0
4200521015Loma Linda University Health Education Consortium ProgramLoma LindaCA0001000Yes001010427
4200521031University of California (San Francisco) ProgramSan FranciscoCA0001000YesYesYes00141455013.8
4200521914Naval Medical Center (San Diego) ProgramSan DiegoCA0
4200522033Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital ProgramSanta BarbaraCA0001000YesNoNo004442915.6
4200531032Santa Clara Valley Medical Center ProgramSan JoseCA0001000005540629.3
4200811040Quinnipiac University Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine/St VIncent's Medical Center ProgramBridgeportCT0YesYesNo00334728.7
4200812039Bridgeport Hospital/Yale University ProgramBridgeportCT00044552
4200821225University of Connecticut ProgramFarmingtonCT0YesNoNo00224569.3
4201011045MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital ProgramWashingtonDC0008813YesNoNo004484216.6
4201021247National Capital Consortium ProgramBethesdaMD0
4201112260AdventHealth Florida ProgramOrlandoFL0001000NoNoNo004445717.4
4201212054HCA Healthcare/Mercer University School of Medicine/Memorial Health University Medical Center ProgramSavannahGA000946NoNoNo004447716.6
4201421933Tripler Army Medical Center ProgramTripler AMCHI0004555NoNoNo1100976.4
4201600679Franciscan Health Olympia Fields ProgramOlympia FieldsIL0001388NoNoNo330039212.4
4201611060Rush University Medical Center ProgramChicagoIL0008020YesYes00557799.2
4201611061University of Chicago ProgramChicagoIL0001000YesNoNo006678517.7
4201621059McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University ProgramChicagoIL000946YesYesNo00111183018.3
4201621062University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago ProgramChicagoIL0007723YesNoNo004478311.4
4201621065Southern Illinois University ProgramSpringfieldIL0007525YesNoNo440066922.3
4201621217Advocate Health Care/Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center ProgramChicagoIL0003367YesNoNo003360511.1
4201621243University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria ProgramPeoriaIL0003169YesYesYes440052319.4
4201721066Indiana University School of Medicine ProgramIndianapolisIN000982YesYesYes229972617.4
4201911069University of Kansas School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityKS0008317YesNoNo007751621.9
4202411087Mount Auburn Hospital ProgramCambridgeMA0001000YesYesYes003354029
4202412089St Vincent Hospital ProgramWorcesterMA0YesNoNo00445139.6
4202500105Beaumont Health (Farmington Hills) ProgramFarmington HillsMI0YesNoNo22003925
4202511093Henry Ford Hospital ProgramDetroitMI000946YesNoNo880066917.3
4202521091University of Michigan Health System ProgramAnn ArborMI0001000YesNoNo008873014.2
4202521099Spectrum Health/Michigan State University ProgramGrand RapidsMI0005050YesNoYes330057614.7
4202521103Ascension Providence/MSUCHM ProgramSouthfieldMI0YesNoNo00334869.6
4202532101St Joseph Mercy-Oakland ProgramPontiacMI0YesNoNo33004458.3
4203021220Creighton University School of Medicine (Omaha) ProgramOmahaNE0YesNoNo003347513.6
4203100001HCA Healthcare Sunrise Health Graduate Medical Education ProgramLas VegasNV0005050NoNoNo005544914
4203211113Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNH000928YesNoNo003354417.8
4203321228Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJ0007228YesNoNo004455815.7
4203321244Cooper Medical School of Rowan University/Cooper University Hospital ProgramCamdenNJ0004555YesNoNo005555216.1
4203421120University of New Mexico School of Medicine ProgramAlbuquerqueNM0007129YesNoNo00884060
4203500256Arnot Ogden Medical Center ProgramElmiraNY0NoNoNo220029216.4
4203500257University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY0YesYesNo0044424
4203512254Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island University Hospital ProgramStaten IslandNY000946YesYes004446322.3
4203521129New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0001000YesNoNo006665917.5
4203521135Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Mount Sinai Hospital) ProgramNew YorkNY0001000YesYesYes008874711.7
4203521137NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY0001000YesNoNo00101066712.6
4203521218Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Lenox Hill Hospital ProgramNew YorkNY0001000NoNoNo004454224.1
4203521221Maimonides Medical Center ProgramBrooklynNY000928NoNoNo004455315.5
4203521229Richmond University Medical Center ProgramStaten IslandNY0NoNoNo002240714
4203611148University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC0001000YesNoNo009983914
4203611150Wake Forest University School of Medicine ProgramWinston-SalemNC000973YesNoNo009965817
4203631149Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC0001000YesYesNo0010107858.1
4203800244Kettering Health Network ProgramDaytonOH0NoNoNo00223328.5
4203821156Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH0008813NoNoNo00111165415.3
4205621211Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWI000946YesYesNo007765521.1

Concluding Thoughts

Diagnostic radiology is not a field that is particularly friendly to IMGs. This is evidenced by the low % of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 match and a moderate % of match rates. However, with some programs having a majority of IMGs, there are still some friendly programs for top applicants. Though keep in mind, most diagnostic radiology residency programs favor US IMGs over non-US IMGs.

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