FREE Consult: Master More - Faster - for Impressive Boards ScoresSCHEDULE CALL
FREE Consult: Master More - Faster - for Impressive Boards Scores


The Most IMG-Friendly Radiation Oncology Programs in the US

Want FREE Cardiology Flashcards?

Cardiology is key for impressive USMLE scores. Master cardiology from a Harvard-trained anesthesiologist who scored USMLE 270 with these 130+ high-yield flash cards. You’ll be begging for cardio questions - even if vitals make you queasy.

by Monique Cloete in IMG, Residency

Are you wondering how IMG-friendly (or unfriendly) radiation oncology 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 radiation oncology programs an IMG would stand the best chance?

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


  • Radiation oncology is a moderately IMG-friendly US medical specialty.
  • Some of the top radiation oncology programs count IMGs among their residents.
  • Eight radiation oncology residencies filled all of their available positions with 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).

Radiation Oncology is Moderately IMG-Friendly

Looking at the percentage of spots filled by IMGs in the 2022 Match, we can see radiation oncology is relatively IMG-friendly. The proportion of positions filled by IMGs are average compared to other specialties.

However, the match rate for IMGs in radiation oncology is among the highest of all the specialties 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 Radiation Oncology Residency Programs

Consistent with the results above, several radiation oncology residency programs are IMG-friendly. For example, eight radiation oncology residencies in the most recent GME census had IMG percentages of 100%. In addition, three other radiation oncology residencies had IMG rates of 90% or higher.

Here is a list of the most (and least) IMG-friendly radiation oncology 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)
4302811054Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium ProgramSt LouisMO100100000NoYes003312228.8
4303521063Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center ProgramNew YorkNY100100000YesYesNo006613926.1
4303521119Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ProgramNew YorkNY100100000YesYesNo003311725.9
4303621074Duke University Hospital ProgramDurhamNC100100000YesYesYes002214844.6
4304121087University of Pennsylvania Health System ProgramPhiladelphiaPA100100000YesYesNo440015028
4304812134University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center ProgramDallasTX100100000YesNoNo003312940.5
4304822099University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center ProgramHoustonTX100100000YesNoNo006614227.1
4305421107University of Washington ProgramSeattleWA100100000YesYesNo002213636
4300811017Yale-New Haven Medical Center ProgramNew HavenCT9393070YesYes003314123.9
4300121002University of Alabama Medical Center ProgramBirminghamAL9292080NoYesNo003210523.8
4303812078Cleveland Clinic Foundation ProgramClevelandOH9191009YesYesYes002214329.8
4301021112MedStar Health/Georgetown University Hospital ProgramWashingtonDC0Yes00211257.7
4301021113National Capital Consortium ProgramBethesdaMD0
4301112022University of Florida ProgramGainesvilleFL0YesNoYes002212214.2
4302731140University of Mississippi Medical Center ProgramJacksonMS0YesNoNo0011040.5
4303021142University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine ProgramOmahaNE0YesYesNo0011575.1
4303200002Dartmouth-Hitchcock/Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital ProgramLebanonNH0YesYesYes00108513.8
4303313135Rutgers Health/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School ProgramNew BrunswickNJ0YesNoNo003211332.7
4303500146Stony Brook Medicine ProgramStony BrookNY0YesNoNo001024516.7
4303511068New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia Campus) ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo001113132.1
4303511071University of Rochester ProgramRochesterNY0YesNoNo002027832.5
4303511072SUNY Upstate Medical University ProgramSyracuseNY0YesNoNo0021758.5
4303512145Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell ProgramNew Hyde ParkNY0YesYesYes00327052.6
4303521061Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine ProgramBronxNY0YesYes002210842.6
4303521067NYU Grossman School of Medicine ProgramNew YorkNY0YesNoNo003312128.9
4303521070SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University ProgramBrooklynNY0YesNoNo00202986.5
4303521122University at Buffalo ProgramBuffaloNY0YesYesYes00102798.2
4303522064New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital ProgramBrooklynNY0NoNoNo000030942.9
4303611073University of North Carolina Hospitals ProgramChapel HillNC0YesNoNo003213225.7
4303611075Wake Forest University School of Medicine ProgramWinston-SalemNC0Yes001111011.8
4303811077Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center ProgramClevelandOH0NoNoNo00111589.3
4303811079Ohio State University Hospital ProgramColumbusOH0YesNoYes002211241.4
4303821076University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine ProgramCincinnatiOH0NoNoNo00228733
4303912137University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center ProgramOklahoma CityOK0YesNoNo002124342.1
4304021081Oregon Health & Science University ProgramPortlandOR0YesYesYes00221270
4304111086Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0YesNo001030339.4
4304121123Temple University Hospital/Fox Chase Cancer Center ProgramPhiladelphiaPA0YesYesNo002212133.6
4304121129UPMC Medical Education ProgramPittsburghPA0YesYesNo002212032.4
4304131127Allegheny Health Network Medical Education Consortium (AGH) ProgramPittsburghPA0YesNoNo00107413.3
4304521092Medical University of South Carolina ProgramCharlestonSC0YesNoNo0020836
4304700129University of Tennessee College of Medicine ProgramMemphisTN0YesNoNo001016518
4304712128Vanderbilt University Medical Center ProgramNashvilleTN0NoNoNo002213213.9
4304811097University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals ProgramGalvestonTX0NoNoNo00216621.9
4304821098Baylor College of Medicine ProgramHoustonTX0YesYesNo002010689.9
4304821100University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine ProgramSan AntonioTX0YesNoNo0031013.6
4304831144Texas A&M College of Medicine-Scott and White Medical Center (Temple) ProgramTempleTX0YesNoNo00000
4304912102University of Utah Health ProgramSalt Lake CityUT0YesNoNo002211727.1
4305111104University of Virginia Medical Center ProgramCharlottesvilleVA0YesYes00442773.5
4305111106Virginia Commonwealth University Health System ProgramRichmondVA0YesNoNo003328515.7
4305500001West Virginia University School of Medicine ProgramMorgantownWV0YesNoNo00101855.5
4305621108University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics ProgramMadisonWI0YesNoNo001111936.8
4305621109Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals ProgramMilwaukeeWI0YesYesNo00229110.6

Concluding Thoughts

Radiation oncology is a moderately IMG-friendly specialty field. Many radiation oncology residency programs fill a high ratio of their available positions with IMS.  Moreover, some of the most prestigious programs (e.g. Yale) count IMGs among their residents. However, with 42% of applicants rejected, radiation oncology remains a competitive specialty field for IMGs.

Are you despairing at your chances of matching into radiation oncology 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Want FREE Cardiology Flashcards?

Cardiology is key for impressive USMLE scores. Master cardiology from a Harvard-trained anesthesiologist who scored USMLE 270 with these 130+ high-yield flash cards. You’ll be begging for cardio questions - even if vitals make you queasy.