Top 10 IMG Friendly States from Match 2019

Among the many considerations faced by International Medical Graduates, 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, but they should also be aware of state limitations and the overall IMG friendliness of whole states. Knowing how IMG friendly a state is can help IMGs better focus their research and resources.

Based on the 2019 NRMP Main Residency Match®: Match Rates by Specialty and State study, the Top 10 Most IMG Friendly States are:

  1. New York (1,429 IMGs)
  2. Michigan (541 IMGs)
  3. Florida (532 IMGs)
  4. Pennsylvania (445 IMGs)
  5. New Jersey (397 IMGs)
  6. Texas (373 IMGs)
  7. California (352 IMGs)
  8. Ohio (311 IMGs)
  9. Illinois (266 IMGs)
  10. Massachusetts (228 IMGs)

Below is the full list of all 50 US states and analysis of US IMGs and Non-US IMGs per state:

State US IMG Non-US IMG Total
Alabama 33 52 85
Alaska 0 0 0
Arizona 48 37 85
Arkansas 74 31 105
California 274 78 352
Colorado 5 9 14
Connecticut 55 167 222
Delaware 5 2 7
D.C. 33 72 105
Florida 291 241 532
Georgia 104 77 181
Hawaii 6 12 18
Idaho 8 4 12
Illinois 116 150 266
Indiana 24 28 52
Iowa 17 24 41
Kansas 11 13 24
Kentucky 25 32 57
Louisiana 79 74 153
Maine 6 6 12
Maryland 32 147 179
Massachusetts 37 191 228
Michigan 208 333 541
Minnesota 17 58 75
Mississippi 16 17 33
Missouri 37 93 130
Montana 0 1 1
Nebraska 21 31 52
Nevada 31 31 62
New Hampshire 7 6 13
New Jersey 205 192 397
New Mexico 8 20 28
New York 553 876 1429
North Carolina 49 30 79
North Dakota 7 15 22
Ohio 90 221 311
Oklahoma 7 22 29
Oregon 7 8 15
Pennsylvania 154 291 445
Puerto Rico 60 4 64
Rhode Island 10 27 37
South Carolina 16 6 22
South Dakota 2 6 8
Tennessee 31 33 64
Texas 148 225 373
Utah 2 3 5
Vermont 2 2 4
Virginia 59 36 95
Washington 12 12 24
West Virginia 26 54 80
Wisconsin 34 33 67
Wyoming 4 0 4

 

Source: 2019 Match Results by State, Specialty, and Applicant Type

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