Thank you for visiting this International Medical Graduate-focused website! Here you will find information on the entire process from the USMLE Step 1 all the way through to the residency match. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to read a bit about me.
On this website, you will find information about:
1. USMLE Books, USMLE Courses and QBanks
The growing list of topics on this site includes how to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and what resources such as USMLE question banks are popular and may be useful for your own preparation. More articles are coming on Step 2 CS and Step 3. It is very important to use the best USMLE books to fit your situation and to do many practice questions from the best Qbanks. Some of you may decide to do live or online courses and workshops provided by companies such as Kaplan and others.
2. Becoming a better residency applicant
Get advice on how to get the best US clinical experience, on preparing your personal statement, residency application CV, and on how to ace your residency interviews. I have evaluated applications, interviewed applicants and advised many IMGs, and I share my thoughts on the application process on this site. You can read more about me here.
3. Being part of a community with other like-minded, motivated IMGs.
You can SUBSCRIBE to get the latest articles emailed to you and I encourage you to join the Steps To Residency Facebook Community also. Please note that the the website forum will be inactive as of December, 2016.
“This website has helped me throughout every step in my journey towards residency, even from the good old days before Step 1! The information is laid out systematically and has proved fruitful in understanding the exams, what to do to have an edge in your application as an IMG and also links to other resources. Thanks so much!”
– N.S. (successfully matched 2015)
“I am an IMG from Greece and decided to give step 1 as a test for my ability to be a resident in US. I spent many hours searching on various forums about what source is the best to use, how much time to spend, what is the minimum score that I should get to have hopes for matching. I finally learned about ”Steps To Residency” and I mailed Shinji to ask him about the exam and US residency generally. Surprisingly next day I got a very motivating email which was also very informing and detailed. My score in step 1 came 257 and now I am studying for CK and thanks to the information on how to read for it I am very efficient from the beginning!”
“I’d like to thank you for all the wonderful articles you’ve written on the process of obtaining a residency – I have yet to see a more comprehensive resource on the internet!” – S.K.
“Your website has been a wonderful help. In my many hours of trawling the internet for IMG advice, your website has been by far the most useful and insightful. Please keep the information coming!!” – A.R.
“Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us IMGs out there. I am so pleased to have finally come across organised information from an insider like you and I wish I found out your blog earlier!” – E.M.
“I have been reading your articles almost everyday and compared to all the other websites, your’s by far has been the most helpful.” – S.I.
“I would like to thank you on this awesome website.It is really helpful for IMGs aiming for US residency.” – S.M.