What Step 1 Score Do You Need to Match in the US as an IMG?

man with question markMake sure you know the score you need to match in the US in the specialty you want. As an IMG, your Step 1 score is of significant importance in your matching process, because your USMLE scores are the most comparable piece of information. The NRMP just released updated results on IMG match. We summarize some of the findings below and provide general tips to help formulate a great study plan that will maximize your peak potential.

What Types of IMG’s Match

Some of the most important factors the report below noted is that IMG applicants who are the most successful in matching to their preferred specialty are more likely to:

  • rank more programs within their preferred specialty
  • have higher USMLE scores
  • have fewer attempts at ECFMG certification examinations
  • have obtained ECFMG certification closer to the Match year (2013)
  • have graduated from medical school closer to the Match year (2013)

Average Step 1 Scores of IMG Match by Specialty

Below is a table summarizing USMLE Step 1 averages by specialty reported in the 2013 NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates.

2013 Step 1 Scores of Matched Applicants

by Preferred Specialty and IMG Application Type

 

U.S IMG

 

Non US IMG

Specialty

Matched Unmatched   Matched Unmatched
All Specialties

217

204

227

213

Anesthesiology

234

210

226

219

Emergency Medicine

225

215

226

217

Family Medicine

206

198

213

204

Internal Medicine

221

205

231

217

Neurology

216

203

230

214

Obstetrics and GYN

221

207

226

215

Pathology

224

204

226

214

Pediatrics

216

201

223

211

Physical Medicine & Rehab

223

207

220

211

Psychiatry

205

198

214

205

Radiology

237

223

232

219

General Surgery

227

216

233

221

References

NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates.

It is important to note that the above scores reflect the average Step 1 scores and that it is possible to match with lower scores than those shown in the table. Take a look at the 2013 NRMP and ECFMG Publish Charting Outcomes in the Match for International Medical Graduates data to get an even clearer picture of how students in your specialty fared in the 2013 match in order for you to develop an appropriate score goal.

General Tips to Prepare for Step 1 as an IMG

Once you pass a Step exam, you cannot retake it.  So we recommend taking an NBME® practice exam to determine if you are ready for the actual exam.  This practice exam will also provide you with an idea of what you need to focus on during your preparation period. If you score low on your practice exam, give special attention to building a solid foundation and thoroughly reviewing pharmacology, physiology and pathology.  Give yourself a week for each subject, making sure to add important information from each subject-based review book to a comprehensive review book.  This studying should take place during the morning and then again in afternoon after a short break. Then, concentrate on question bank questions in the evening (in timed mixed mode). Allow yourself three weeks of additional studying.  Then take another NBME to see how your score has changed. After your foundation is strengthened, you will be prepared for the DIT course, which will provide you with a comprehensive review of the most pertinent, high-yield information for the USMLE. Focus on DIT review course videos in your morning study sessions and QBank questions in the afternoon and evening for the next three weeks and you should be much more prepared.

Your Step 1 score is important. Be better prepared for The Match by knowing the score you need!

It’s important to have a strategy for what and when you will study. Many students find the structure of the Doctors In Training USMLE Step 1 Review Course beneficial to their exam preparations. Our course presents the high yield information you need to know and is updated annually to reflect student feedback.


About DIT Advising Team

The Doctors In Training Student Advising Team offers many advisory services including the following: customizing individual study plans for USMLE Step 1/ COMLEX Level 1 or USMLE Step 2 CK/ COMLEX Level 2, advising students with respect to combating everyday stress and test anxiety and preparing students for the residency application process.
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