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The Most IMG-Friendly Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Programs in the US

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by Monique Cloete in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) internal medicine/pediatrics 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 internal medicine/pediatrics programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

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


  • Internal medicine/pediatrics is among the least IMG-friendly US medical specialties.
  • However, the match rate for internal medicine/pediatrics applicants is above average.
  • Some internal medicine/pediatrics programs have a higher ratio of IMGs, including Missouri (60%), Buffalo (29%) and Geisinger (20%).
  • In addition, some programs favor US IMGs while others 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).

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics is Not Very IMG-Friendly

Looking at the % of positions filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see that internal medicine/pediatrics was not IMG-friendly. Only three specialties had a lower proportion of spots filled by IMGs.

However, the match rate for IMGs in internal medicine/pediatrics is average compared to other specialty fields in the 2022 Match:

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 Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Programs

While internal medicine/pediatrics as a field is not very IMG-friendly, the same cannot be said for every internal medicine/pediatrics residency program. For example, five internal medicine/pediatrics residencies in the most recent GME census had IMG percentages of 10% or higher. Missouri had an IMG rate of 60% and two other residencies had IMG rates of 20% or higher: Geisinger (20% IMG) and Buffalo (29%).

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly internal medicine/pediatrics 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)?# of positions offered (2021 NRMP Main Match)# of positions (2021 NRMP Main Match)# of applications submitted to this program in 2021% of applicants interviewed by the program in 2020
7002832126University of Missouri-Columbia ProgramColumbiaMO603327337YesNoYes4449828.2
7003532049University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY29290656YesNoNo4422319.7
7004114068Geisinger Health System ProgramDanvillePA201553050YesNoNo5524132.5
7003632057Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University ProgramGreenvilleNC12843354YesNoNo6624529.1
7003832061The MetroHealth System/Case Western Reserve University ProgramClevelandOH12845829YesYesYes6652828.4
7003500106Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ProgramNew YorkNY88083844285
7003532093Stony Brook Medicine/University Hospital ProgramStony BrookNY880838YesNoNo3325425.3
7001614013University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago ProgramChicagoIL707930YesNoNo4433830.1
7001632015University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria ProgramPeoriaIL6605836YesYesNo9927737.8
7003014136University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE6068113YesNoNo4417634.6
7003514044Albany Medical Center ProgramCohoesNY6608113YesNoNo4427032.8
7004814075University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston ProgramHoustonTX606849YesNoYes8829522.9
7005532080West Virginia University ProgramMorgantownWV6066529YesNoNo3317524.7
7000132085USA Health ProgramMobileAL0YesNoNo3313132.3
7000532130UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine/UCLA Medical Center ProgramLos AngelesCA0001000YesNoNo4422817.9
7000814127Yale-New Haven Medical Center ProgramNew HavenCT0001000YesYesYes4426618.7
7000914009Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/Christiana Care Health Services ProgramNewarkDE0007624YesNoNo5524023.6
7001014129MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital ProgramWashingtonDC0008813YesNoNo44357
7001114086University of Miami/Jackson Health System ProgramMiamiFL000955YesNoNo5530019.4
7001132125University of South Florida Morsani ProgramTampaFL0008812YesNoNo5519518.1
7001614012University of Chicago ProgramChicagoIL0001000YesYesNo4433223.4
7001614014Loyola University Medical Center ProgramMaywoodIL0008713YesNoNo4429726.9
7002532030Hurley Medical Center/Michigan State University ProgramFlintMI0YesNoYes3331320.5
7002532033Beaumont Health (Royal Oak) ProgramRoyal OakMI0YesYesNo4432220
7002614034University of Minnesota ProgramMinneapolisMN000982YesNoNo101026841
7002714035University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS0008416YesNoNo5516835.1
7002832036University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine ProgramKansas CityMO0007822YesNoNo6619725.7
7003332040Rutgers Health/New Jersey Medical School ProgramNewarkNJ0001000YesNoNo4426326.9
7003532054University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY000973YesNoNo8826535.2
7003614056Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC0001000YesNoNo6634724.1
7003632055University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC0001000YesNoNo6633720.7
7003814063Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH0001000YesNoNo101031930.6
7003814082University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine ProgramCincinnatiOH000964YesNoNo7736624.1
7003832121Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH000946YesYesYes4431312.5
7003932067University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine (Tulsa) ProgramTulsaOK0YesNoNo000
7003932090University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center ProgramOklahoma CityOK0YesNoNo3324114.2
7004114128UPMC Medical Education ProgramPittsburghPA0001000YesYesNo4430215.3
7004114129University of Pennsylvania Health System ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0001000YesYesNo6633316.3
7004132081Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center ProgramHersheyPA0006931YesNoNo4423628.2
7004232145University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine ProgramSan JuanPR0YesNoNo224714.9
7004314108Brown University ProgramProvidenceRI0001000YesNoNo4426222
7004514135Prisma Health/University of South Carolina SOM Greenville (Greenville) ProgramGreenvilleSC0001000YesNoNo5520131.6
7004532127Medical University of South Carolina ProgramCharlestonSC0001000YesNoNo4425223.4
7004714070Vanderbilt University Medical Center ProgramNashvilleTN0001000YesYesYes6633224.7
7004732071University of Tennessee ProgramMemphisTN000937YesNoNo141423336.1
7004800114University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX0001000YesNoNo4428221.1
7004814074Baylor College of Medicine ProgramHoustonTX0001000NoNoNo9932528.7
7004914091University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT0001000YesNoNo3318521.6
7005132077Virginia Commonwealth University Health System ProgramRichmondVA000937YesNoNo4425633.5
7005532079Marshall University School of Medicine ProgramHuntingtonWV0YesNoNo2230520.8
7005614109Marshfield Clinic ProgramMarshfieldWI0YesYesNo2221819.1
7005632096Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWI0007921YesYesYes6628540.4

Concluding Thoughts

Internal medicine/pediatrics is among the least IMG-friendly of fields. However, some internal medicine/pediatrics residency programs fill a high proportion of their available positions with IMGs.

Are you despairing at your chances of matching into internal medicine/pediatrics as an IMG? Then, check out Never Forget, where you can learn how to master – not memorize – for the impressive USMLE scores to match at your dream residency. And if you’re looking for a residency advisor, look at our residency advisory services.

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