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What You Really Need to Know About Being an International Medical Graduate
Posted by Shelby Parker, MD, MPH

I am a proud graduate of St. George’s University, a medical school located on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada. My experience living in this tropical island paradise for two years was completely life-changing and it will always be a time in my life that I look back on fondly over the years.

However, prior to my acceptance to an international medical school, I was quite apprehensive about attending after reading all of the “horror stories” posted in online medical student forums. There are quite a few nasty things said about students who choose to go abroad for medical school, and it seems that this stigma alone is enough to keep many students from even considering an application.

As someone who has actually been through an international med school program (as opposed to many of the online naysayers who are simply repeating rumors), I am here to answer some commonly asked questions and dispel a few myths about IMGs so that we can all be as informed as possible!

How to Get Involved in Emergency Medicine
Posted by Shelby Parker, MD, MPH

According to the 2020 National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Program Director Survey, emergency medicine program directors rank “perceived commitment to specialty” as #6 out of 38 factors for selecting applicants to interview, topped only by USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK scores, personal statements, and standardized letters from emergency medicine faculty (SLOEs) and medical school deans (MSPEs).

Medical students often ask, “How can I get involved in emergency medicine if I’m just a medical student?” Believe it or not, there are tons of ways that future emergency physicians can show commitment to the specialty both before and during medical school. Here are some surefire ways to get the experience you’ll need to confidently apply, interview and eventually match into emergency medicine!

How to Navigate COVID-19 as an International Medical Graduate
Posted by Shelby Parker, MD, MPH

Medical students have faced innumerable challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, and international medical students (IMGs) have been greatly affected due to the unique circumstances of our journey to and through medical school.

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