International Medical Graduates

The University of Minnesota welcomes International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to our residencies and fellowships. 

Eligibility of international medical graduates (IMGs)

Per the Eligibility and Selection of Residents/Fellows Policy, to qualify for a residency/fellowship at the University of Minnesota, International Medical Graduates (IMGs) must meet all criteria found in the policy and provide documentation of one of the following:

  1. currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)or
  2. An unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. state, or
  3. Successful completion of a Fifth Pathway Program in an LCME-accredited medical school in the United States.


An International Medical Graduate is a physician who received his/her basic medical degree or qualification from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada. The location of the medical school, not the citizenship of the physician, determines whether the graduate is an IMG. This means that U.S. citizens who graduated from medical schools outside the United States and Canada are considered IMGs.


International Medical Graduate (IMG) Orientation

Each summer the GME office holds a special IMG Orientation Session for all incoming residents and fellows who are IMGs, new to the University of Minnesota, and also new to the US Medical System. 

Past and future IMG Orientation Sessions

Additional Information

"The International Medical Graduate's Guide to US Medicine & Residency Training"

Template for Rounding - This template was created by a UMN IMG trainee and offered for use by other IMGs: "Maybe it will help them to organize their thoughts and will also guide them about what they should know about the patient."

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

The ISSS website contains a wealth of information to support international students throughout their time at the University, including:

ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) website

ECHO is a program created by ECFMG that provides support and service to ECFMG-certified physicians, and physicians who are about to be certified, as they plan their careers.

Be Informed: Access ECHO’s library of resources.

Be Connected: Subscribe to ECHO news.

Be Heard: Take this month’s ECHO survey, or send ECHO your feedback on their services/website/etc.