How to Apply

International Medical School Graduates

To be considered, international medical graduates should have an exceptional medical school record. In most cases they will also have a strong record of accomplishment in research, or prior residency training in pediatrics, or both.

One of the following criteria needs to be met:

  1. The applicant must be ECFMG certified by our application deadline (November 1). UW sponsors both J1 and H1B visas. (See IMG section at UW GME website)
  2. The applicant holds a full and unrestricted medical license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty
  3. The applicant is a current clinical fellow in pediatric or other medical/surgical sub-specialty fellowship in the U.S.

In addition to one of the above, applicants must demonstrate excellent spoken and written English as well as the ability to work in a modern, complex medical center. This can be shown by doing two or more rotations during or following medical school involving direct patient contact on a pediatric or internal medicine inpatient or consult service at a major teaching hospital in the United States or other English-speaking country. We expect at least one letter of recommendation from these experiences to strengthen an IMG applicant's documentation of English proficiency and overall readiness to begin residency training in the U.S Applicants who lack such rotations will be considered if they have an exceptional academic record in medical school, have trained at other outstanding medical centers, and have extensive research experience. At least two of the letters of recommendation must be from physicians that are very familiar with the applicant’s clinical skills. Letters from physicians at the applicant’s medical school or other training institution(s) who have trained in the US are especially useful. Letters from observerships need to communicate that the letter writer worked very closely with the applicant for a considerable period in caring for patients and can speak to the applicant’s skills in history gathering, assessments and plans at a manager level in RIME in patient care.