Question By: Dr.Himansu Shekhar Mohanty
Do you take international Radiology residents for your Radiology fellowships/residency. Is it mandatory to pass USML for applying fellowships. How much score ideally you suggest to have a good chance to get a fellowship in your department.
We have taken international radiology residents in the past. And, we regularly take residents who are from the United States, typically go to medical school in the Caribbean, and then return to the United States. Some of our best residents have been foreign graduates!!
If you are coming from a foreign program, passing the Usmle is required. We use the scores as a baseline cutoff. We just need to know that you will be likely to pass the new written radiology core exam. The cutoff varies from year to year depending upon the number of applicants and the overall competitiveness of the specialty for any given year. Above 220 is usually a reasonable level but again that is a moving target. On occasion, we make exceptions if we know the applicant well, there are special circumstances, or the application is so outstanding otherwise that the person still merits an interview.
Hope that helps!!