Requirements to achieve a MRP (Medical Residency Program)
Generally, application materials consist of a curriculum vitae, a copy of the universal residency application form, a cover letter addressed to each residency program director, evidence of graduation from medical school and letters of recommendation from U.S. physicians along with a one-page personal statement detailing the unique qualifications of the applicant.
Certain residency programs require applicants to apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which is administered by the ECFMG for IMGs. Each year approximately 33,000 applicants compete for about 24,000 available residency slots. The NRMP Web site has an "Applicant User Guide" which contains specific information for IMGs. Applicants can refer to the user guide at http://www.nrmp.org/. Applicants apply to the programs that interest them and must submit all application materials and register with the Match by December 1, 2006.
It is strongly recommended that IMGs participate in observership rotations in a clinical setting before applying to residency programs. Observerships provide IMGs with invaluable knowledge of U.S. medical clinical practice settings and with U.S. physicians who can serve as references.