International Medical Graduate and the United States Medical Residency Application

A Guide to Achieving Success

  • Raghav Govindarajan
  • Sachin M. Bhagavan
  • Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pre-interview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy
      Pages 3-5
    3. Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy, Sachin M. Bhagavan
      Pages 7-11
    4. Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy
      Pages 13-16
    5. Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy
      Pages 17-21
    6. Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy
      Pages 23-25
    7. Nidhi Shankar Kikkeri, Shivaraj Nagalli
      Pages 59-65
  3. Interview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Nidhi Shankar Kikkeri, Shivaraj Nagalli
      Pages 69-76
    3. Harleen Kaur
      Pages 83-87
    4. Nidhi Shankar Kikkeri, Shivaraj Nagalli
      Pages 89-97
    5. Nidhi Shankar Kikkeri, Shivaraj Nagalli
      Pages 99-106
    6. Lakshmi P. Digala
      Pages 111-117
    7. Harleen Kaur, Sachin M. Bhagavan
      Pages 125-134
  4. Post-interview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Lakshmi P. Digala
      Pages 151-155
    3. Lakshmi P. Digala
      Pages 179-186
    4. Sorabh Datta
      Pages 187-192
    5. Sorabh Datta
      Pages 193-197
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 199-205

About this book


This unique, socially conscience reference provides valuable guidance to international medical graduates (IMG’s) looking to complete a residency in the United States. The medical residency application process in the United States is competitive and complex. Additionally, many IMG’s go through training programs that sharply differ from the medical school training and the sociocultural elements of United States medicine and residency are unlike any other country. 

Organized into three parts, this book meets the need for a pragmatic, evidence based guide that answers important questions, and imparts indispensable advice to IMGs. Part I directly tackles the concerns IMG’s have regarding specific elements of residency applications, including the importance of a master’s degree and how to get a strong letter of recommendation. Part II then addresses how to prepare for interviews, preliminary programs and travel. Finally, the book answers the common “what ifs” and “what’s next” questions many IMG’s ponder.

International Medical Graduate and the United States Medical Residency Application: A Guide to Achieving Success is a first-of-its-kind resource that  presents a holistic view of residency application peppered with real life examples, easy to grasp tables and flow charts and key do’s and don’ts to drive home the complex process involved in residency application.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Raghav Govindarajan
    • 1
  • Sachin M. Bhagavan
    • 2
  • Swathi Beladakere Ramaswamy
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-31044-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-31045-5
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