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    Are FMG's required to do more residency years than AMG's?

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    I saw this list of states that states the minimum postgraduate training required and found out that FMG's require more years of training than AMG's. This is the link: fsmb dot org/usmle_eliinitial dot html. The questions are: Is this minimum postgraduate training the same as the postgraduate internship (meaning if it is 1 year for an AMG + another 3 years of actual residency then = 4 years of residency training whereas it is 3 years for IMG + another 3 years of actual residency = 6 years of residency training)? Or, is this just additional years of training for IMG's over AMG's without necessarily meaning that the additional years are part of postgraduate internship? Or, since the site I posted above is about licensing requirements, could it be that the table just means that FMG's get licensed at a later time (+1 or 2 years) compared to their AMG counterpart but both the AMG's and FMG's go through the same amount of years in residency training? I hope you guys understood my post. Feel free to ask for clarifications.

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    The "+ X Year(s) IMG" is simply the requirement for applying for full-licensure in the State as Residents begin with a provisional license. My impression is that States don't want IMGs to be able to moonlight as soon as USMGs. There are probably other considerations as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipton View Post
    The "+ X Year(s) IMG" is simply the requirement for applying for full-licensure in the State as Residents begin with a provisional license. My impression is that States don't want IMGs to be able to moonlight as soon as USMGs. There are probably other considerations as well.
    Hey, thank you so much. You implied that the "+ X Year(s) IMG" does not mean additional residency years for IMG's compared to AMG's. Another question I have which is independent from the previous post is: Do IMG's go through additional residency years because of the fact that IMG's went through schools outside of the United States? To illustrate further, if an IMG and an AMG applied for the same residency and both got accepted to that same residency, does the AMG get x years of residency while the IMG get x + 1 or 2 year(s) of residency?

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    I highly doubt that IMGs are required to complete more GME than USMGs. But this is just an educated guess. The length of Residency programs is set by their accrediting agencies: ACGME and AOA. I don't see how some Residents would be exempt from some of the program simply because they graduated from a US med school.

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    absolutely not. all residencies are the same length. everyone needs x amount of years of residency to be board eligible in their specialty. the x amount of years does not change regardless of where one went to school.
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    Dr. Scott is correct, of course.

    There is no sliding scale for residency length based on where one attended medical school! If you are fortunate enough to match (or pre-match), you complete precisely the same residency program as your colleagues from US medical schools.

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