International Graduate – Readiness to Train

“International medical graduates entering into an American medical training program can be overwhelmed by the applications, education, and cultural experiences.  Written in cooperation with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and ACP, The International Medical Graduate’s Guide to US Medicine and Residency Training is a practical guide featuring information and guidance on the application process, residency training in America, the American medical culture, certification, and beyond.”  To purchase, go to:

All International Graduates (and their programs) who intend to train at the University of Florida College of Medicine must make contact with the College of Medicine Office of Immigration and Licensure.

It is important that the International Graduates who plan to train in the U.S. and the University of Florida in Gainesville recognize the diverse social, economic, religious, language and cultural needs of their American patients upon entry to GME.

IMG’s bring their own diversity from the cultures from which they come.  Having diversity within the healthcare team allows for improved care delivery within a multicultural environment.

In addition to all the pre-requisites to Match to a US program (NRMP, USMLE, ECFMG, VISA, etc), as well as the Institution’s (UF) requirements, the IMG must be aware of his/her own personal requirements to travel to, live in and train in Gainesville.  The following information is a guide to help support a successful transition.


Additional Resources:

UF College of Medicine –  Immigration & Visa


Other resources: ECFMG Aculturation Program:

This document was developed by the Office of Housestaff Affairs, Graduate Medical Education, and the College of Medicine Office of Immigration and Licensure @ University of Florida & UF Health.