Top 10 IMG Friendly States in USA

Most IMG Friendly States from the 2016 Match

Geological location is an important aspect of medical residency research for International Medical Graduates (IMGs). Not only must IMG residency applicants research individual residency programs, they should also be aware of state limitations and the overall IMG friendliness of a state. Knowing how IMG friendly a state is can help IMGs better focus their research, and resources.

Based on the 2016 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State study, the top 10 most IMG friendly states are:

  1. New York (1,395 IMGs)
  2. Michigan (491 IMGs)
  3. Pennsylvania (437 IMGs)
  4. Florida (411 IMGs)
  5. New Jersey (411 IMGs)
  6. Illinois (381 IMGs)
  7. Texas (375 IMGs)
  8. Ohio (366 IMGs)
  9. Massachusetts (261 IMGs)
  10. California (251 IMGs)

Below is the full list of all 50 US states and analysis of IMGs:

State US IMG Non-US IMG Total
Alabama 30 46 76
Alaska 0 0 0
Arizona 47 28 75
Arkansas 33 28 61
California 178 73 251
Colorado 9 4 13
Connecticut 76 137 213
Delaware 1 4 5
District of Columbia 29 87 116
Florida 182 229 411
Georgia 105 70 175
Hawaii 10 11 21
Idaho 5 0 5
Illinois 132 249 381
Indiana 32 21 53
Kansas 19 15 34
Kentucky 24 22 46
Louisiana 77 60 137
Maine 1 11 12
Maryland 52 138 190
Massachusetts 47 214 261
Michigan 176 315 491
Minnesota 23 48 71
Mississippi 9 9 18
Missouri 35 93 128
Montana 6 4 10
Nebraska 19 34 53
Nevada 23 33 56
New Hampshire 5 6 11
New Jersey 224 187 411
New Mexico 11 23 34
New York 654 741 1395
North Carolina 46 25 71
North Dakota 4 18 22
Ohio 131 235 366
Oklahoma 20 32 52
Oregon 3 3 6
Pennsylvania 169 268 437
Puerto Rico 54 10 64
Rhode Island 10 19 29
South Carolina 12 23 35
South Dakota 3 6 9
Tennessee 44 64 108
Texas 138 237 375
Utah 1 6 7
Vermont 2 2 4
Virginia 60 24 84
Washington 14 8 22
West Virginia 27 36 63
Wisconsin 34 32 66
Wyoming 7 0 7

 

Source: 2016 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State

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