100+ Internal Medicine IMG friendly programs 😍

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Very excited to have put together 100+ IMG friendly program!! 🎉

After the very successful IMG Event, here comes IMG Efforts. In this profession of helping and healing mankind, we would like to begin by strengthening our own comrades. We are dedicating it to all those who find themselves stuck in their journey due to lack of accessible and free resources. This is one of many posts in the spirit of helping each other.

We have gathered all the data and made this post to help you search for IMG friendly residency programs offering Internal Medicine in the USA.

The post includes:

1. State wise list of Internal Medicine Residency Programs

2. Application requirements

3. Contact Information


1. St Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Program--

Program Director: Patricia L McNally, MD

E-mail: patricia.mcnally@stjoeshealth.org

USMLE SCORE: Step 1 >220, Step 2 >230

YSG(Years since graduation): 3 years or less

USCE:Preferable not mandatory

VISA:J1 Visa, with the sponsorship through ECFMG.

Link: Internal Medicine Residency | St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor

Link to IM Residency program blog: St. Joseph Mercy - IM/TY Residency Blog | Our Residents, Our Family, Being Remarkable

2.Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University Program

Program Director: Odaliz E Abreu Lanfranco, MD

Link: Internal Medicine Residency | Henry Ford Hospital

USMLE SCORE:Their current intern class average USMLE scores is Step 1-236 and Step 2-245.

VISA:They sponsor a J1 visa for those applicants needing visa sponsorship. Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

YSG:Medical school graduation should be no more than 3 years ago.

3.Henry Ford Allegiance Health Program---

Program Director: Vivek Kak, MD

E-mail: vkak1@hfhs.org

Link: Internal Medicine Residency | Henry Ford Allegiance Health

USMLE SCORE:No minimum cutoff

VISA:They do not sponsor H1B visas.

LORs: 3-4

4.Wayne State University School of Medicine Program---

Program Director: Sarwan Kumar, MD

Link: https://intmed.med.wayne.edu/application

USMLE SCORE: Must pass Step 1 and Step 2.

USCE:Preferable 2-3 months

YSG: <5 years(but < 2-3 years preferred)

5.Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University Program---

Program Director: Jarrett J Weinberger, MD

E-mail: jaweinbe@med.wayne.edu

Website : https://intmed.med.wayne.edu/application

USMLE Score : No USMLE score cut-off but pass on first attempt

USCE : 2-3 months preferred

VISA: Only sponsors J1 Visa

YSG < 5 Years (but < 2-3 years preferred)

6.Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University (Sinai Grace) Program---

Program Director: Siddique Mohamed Sayeedur Rahman, MD

E-mail: lndjipa@dmc.org

Website : http://www.sgintmed.org

USMLE Score : Require at least 220 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA:They sponsor a J1 visa for applicants needing visa sponsorship. Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

YSG < 5 years required

7.Michigan State University Program / Sparrow Hospital--

Program Director: supratik rayamajhi, MD

E-mail : supratik.rayamajhi@hc.msu.edu

Website : http://www.im.msu.edu

USMLE Score : Require at least 200 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA: They sponsor a J1 visa for applicants needing visa sponsorship. Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

8.Michigan State University Program / Spectrum Health--

Program Director: TaLawnda L Bragg MD

E-mail : imcoordinators@spectrumhealth.org

Website : https://www.spectrumhealth.org/medicaleducation

USMLE Score : Require at least 210 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA: They sponsor a J1 visa for applicants needing visa sponsorship. Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

9.St Mary Mercy Hospital Program---

Program Director: David Steinberger, MD

E-mail: dsteinberger@ipcmd.com

Website : https://www.stjoeshealth.org/graduate-medical-education/st-mary-mercy-livonia/internal-medicine/

USMLE SCORES : Step 1 and 2 Pass (priority given to pass on first attempt)

YSG: < 3 Years

USCE: Desirable (not mandatory)

VISA:Only Sponsors J1 visa

10.Central Michigan University College of Medicine Program---

Program Director: Nicholas E Haddad, MD

E-mail: cmedim@cmich.edu

Website : https://med.cmich.edu/internalmedicine

USMLE Score : Require at least 220 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA: They sponsor a J1 visa. Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

YSG: < 3 years

11.Ascension St John Hospital Program---

Program Director: Raymond C Hilu, MD

E-mail: simon.alrihani@ascension.org

Website : https://medicaleducationsjp.com

USMLE Score : not mentioned

VISA: They sponsor a J1 and H1B visa

12.Ascension Providence/MSUCHM Program---

Program Director: Robert E Bloom, MD

E-mail : samira.ahsan@ascension.org

Website : http://www.aphinternalmedicine.org

USMLE Score : Require at least 210 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA: They sponsor a J1 visa . Do not sponsor an H1b visa.

YSG < 5 years

13.Beaumont Health (Royal Oak) Program--

Program Director: Sandor H Shoichet, MD

Email- sandor.shoichet@beaumont.edu

Website : https://www.beaumont.edu/graduate-medical-education/residency-programs/internal-medicine-residency/royal-oak

USMLE Score : Require at least 220 on both Step 1 and Step 2

VISA:They sponsor a J1 and H1B visa for applicants needing visa sponsorship.

YSG: No graduation date cut-off

USCE : not mandatory (but preferred / Observerships not considered USCE)


1. Mercy Health GME Consortium Program--

Program Director: Harry L Ginsberg, M


USMLE SCORES:Pass on first attempt in USMLE Step 1 and step2CK, Step 2 CK>229

US Citizens and Green Card holder status strongly preferred

VISA: visas are considered on a case by case basis.

YSG: <5 years

2.Cook County Health and Hospitals System --

Program Director: Christine Acob, MD


USCE: While it is not required, it can be a positive attribute for your application

LOR’S: Three letters in addition to a dean’s letter.

VISA: They sponsor both J-1 and H-1b visas. Completion of the USMLE Step 3 is required for the H-1b visa, as well as for securing a valid Illinois Temporary license in the State of Illinois.

YSG < 5 years

3.Loyola Medicine MacNeal Hospital Program--

Program Director: Sindhu Joseph, MD


Link: https://macnealhospital.org/health-professionals/residency-programs/internal-medicine-residency/how-to-apply

USMLE SCORES: A minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 220 , minimum USMLE Step 2 CK score of 230 on the first attempt.

For IMG'S preference will be given to candidates who have passed USMLE Step 3 on the first attempt.

USCE: U.S.C.E is not a requirement, but is highly encouraged.

LOR’S: Three letters of recommendation are required.

must have ECFMG certification by 12/21/2021

VISA: accepts J1 visa applicants. The residency program does not sponsor H1 visas

4.Presence Saint Francis Hospital Program--

Program Director: Harvey J Friedman, MD

E-mail: harvey.friedman@amitahealth.org

Link: itahealth.org/for-healthcare-professionals/medical-residency-programs/internal-medicine-residency-programs/internal-medicine-residency-saint-francis-hospital-evanston/how-to-apply

USMLE SCORES: Ideally USMLE scores of 220 or above on Step 1 and Step 2, however applicants with lower scores will be considered if they have other special attributes.

USCE: clinical experience in the United States is not mandatory.

VISA:They sponsor H-1 and J-1 visas.

YSG:< 5 years

Other contact info:

Residency Coordinator

Kathie Kafka



5.Presence Saint Joseph Hospital (Chicago) Program—

Program Director: Shyam Chalise, MD

E-mail: shyam.chalise@presencehealth.org


USMLE SCORES:at least 240 on USMLE Step I and Step II, with no more than one attempt for each exam including the passing attempt.

USCE:USCEis not a requirement.

LOR’S:Three letters of recommendation

VISA: sponsor H1b and J1 visas.

YSG:<5 years

6.Carle Foundation Hospital Program--

Program Director: James S Kumar, MD, MS

E-mail: imrp@carle.com

Link: https://carle.org/for-providers/residencies-and-fellowships/Champaign-Urbana/Internal-Medicine

USMLE SCORES:passed the USMLE exams with no failures

USCE:U.S. clinical experience required, e.g. clinical observership or externship

LOR’S:At least three letters of recommendation (waived letters)

Document at least 4 weeks of psychiatry rotation(s) in medical school


7.Advocate Health Care (Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center) Program—

Program Director: Mohammed Samee, MD

E-mail: mohammed.samee2@advocatehealth.com


USMLE SCORES: prefer a score of 225 or above on USMLE Steps 1 and 2 on first attempt.

USCE:Candidates should have at least one year of US clinical experience.

VISA: They sponsor only J-1 visas.

YSG:< 5 years

More contact info:Phone: 773.296.7378

Fax: 773.296.7486

E-mail: IMMC-InternalMedicineResidency@advocatehealth.com

8.Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Program

Program Director: Vidya Puthenveetil, MD


USMLE SCORES:Step 1 score – at least 205 on first attempt, Step 2 CK score – score of at least 205 on first attempt

USCE: Required. Prefer this to be hands-on patient care, though observerships and research are acceptable.

LOR’S:At least one letter of recommendation must be from a U.S. clinical experience.

VISA: Preference will be given to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

For those who require a training visa, they sponsor only the J1 visa.

YSG:Graduates must have ECFMG certification on file prior to rank order submission. Current students do not need to be ECFMG-certified by the rank order date though they must obtain their certificate prior to July 1

9.Chicago Medical School/Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science/ Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital Program—

Program director: Maryna Shayuk, MD

E-mail: mshayuk@nm.org


USMLE SCORES:Step 1>220, STEP 2>230

USCE: They prefer hands‐on patient care, though observerships and research are acceptable. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a USCE

LOR’S:3 Letters of Recommendation

VISA: They sponsor J‐1 Visas ONLY

10.Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center of Chicago Program—

Program Director: Larissa Verda, MD, PhD

E-mail: larissa.verda@sinai.org

Other contact info: Trina Coleman, GME Manager, or Elanda Mayweather, Senior Program Coordinator, at (773) 257-5020 or trina.coleman@sinai.org and elanda.mayweather@sinai.org

Link: https://www.sinaichicago.org/en/students-residents/residency-programs/internal-medicine-residency/

USMLE SCORES: They do not have specific USMLE score requirements; however, score >225 makes your application competitive.

USCE: They do not require you to have prior US Clinical Experience

LOR’S: Three Letters of Recommendation and/or Dean’s Letter

YSG:<5 years

11.Southern Illinois University Program-

Program Director: Andrew J Varney, MD

E-mail: avarney@siumed.edu

LINK: https://www.siumed.edu/im/internal-medicine-residency-application

USMLE SCORES: USMLE Steps 1 and 2 passing scores on first attempts are preferred. Average scores of those matched into their program are typically 229 (Step 1) and 237 (Step 2).

USCE: desired but not required.

LOR’S:Three letters of recommendation (at least two from faculty at your medical school) and dean’s letter.

VISA: only J1 visa, no H1B VISA

YSG: <3 years

12.University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago/Advocate Christ Medical Center Program--

Program Director: Armand Krikorian, MD

E-mail: armand.krikorian@advocatehealth.com

Other contact info: Email: Lisa.Lawrence-Harris@aah.org,

Telephone: 708-684-5673, Fax: 708-684-2500


USMLE SCORES: Successfully passing USMLE Step I and Step II ,does not have to be completed by the time of the initial application submission.

USCE:3 months of supervised U.S. clinical experience preferred.

LOR’S: 2 LOR'S required.

VISA: Only J-1 visas are sponsored

13.University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria Program—

Program Director: Teresa J Lynch, MD


The application in its entirety must be received by Nov. 1

USCE: U.S.C.E. required to strengthen an application. Observerships alone do not suffice

LOR’S: LOR from 3 faculty members (preferred) or at minimum 1 chair letter/standard letter of evaluation and 1 letter of reference from a faculty member

LOR are NOT required to be from a U.S. source

VISA: They sponsor both H-1B and J-1 visas (for categorical program), H-1B sponsorship requires the applicant have passed their USMLE Step 3 exam by the date on which the program submits the NRMP rank list

YSG: graduated medical school within previous 5 years OR finished residency training within the last 2 years


1.Eastern Virginia Medical School Program---

Program Director: Benjamin M Goodman, III, MD

Contact: 757.446.8920

Link: https://www.evms.edu/internal_medicine/residencies/internal_medicine_residency/application_process/

USMLE SCORES: the average Step 1 USMLE is 229, although they don’t filter based solely upon a minimum USMLE scores. All steps must be passed on the first attempt. USMLE Step 2 CK must be reported to the program by Jan. 31. This requirement applies to both Preliminary and Categorical applicants

USCE:U.S. clinical experience - not including observerships - is recommended (ideally 12 months) and strengthens your application.

LOR’S:In addition to the dean's letter, they require three letters of recommendation. A letter from the department chair is not required.

VISA:They only sponsor J-1 Visas.

YSG: <5 years


1. Akron General Medical Center/NEOMED Program-

Program Director: Amit Diwakar,MD and Joseph A. Finocchio, MD

Email Id:diwakaa@ccf.org


Step 1 & 2 : Minimum 1st pass rate or satisfactory scores.

VISA:H1-B and J-1

YOG:<5 years

LOR’s: 3

Applicant must be ECFMG certified before NRMP Rank Order List deadline.

link:Internal Medicine Residency Program | Akron General (clevelandclinic.org)

2. Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program - 1968140C0---

Program Director: Craig D Nielsen MD

E-mail : imrpresidencyrecruitment@ccf.org

YSG: < 5 years

USMLE scores:Must pass STEP 1&2

Visa:Sponsor H1B or J1 visas. If requesting an H1B visa, Step 3 must be taken before Match Day with results received no later than April 15. Step 3 is not required for a J1 visa.

USCE:While applicants with US clinical experience are preferred, this may not always be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Link:Internal Medicine Residency Application | Cleveland Clinic

3.Cleveland Clinic Foundation Program/Fairview Hospital - 3187140C0-

Program Director: Mohammed Al-Jaghbeer MD

E-mail: bailesd@ccf.org

Website ; https://my.clevelandclinic.org/locations/fairview-hospital/about/residency/internal-med-program

YSG: < 5 years (Any gaps in training or medical school should have an accompanying explanation.)

USMLE scores:Must score at least 235 on STEP 1 and STEP 2 CK

Visa:Sponsor H1B or J1 visas. If requesting an H1B visa, Step 3 must be taken before Match Day with results received no later than April 30. Step 3 is not required for a J1 visa.

USCE:While applicants with US clinical experience are preferred, this may not always be possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

4.Mercy St Vincent Medical Center/Mercy Health Partners Program—

Program Director: Vijay Mahajan, MD

YOG: No cut-off date for medical school graduation, but preferred within the last 5 years

LOR’s: Two or more letters of recommendation and one SLOE (Standard Letter of Evaluation).

USCE:Must have US health care experience

VISA: J-1 Visa and H-1B Visa. H-1B Visas are preferred and offered on a on a very limited basis to exceptional candidates only.


5.OhioHealth/Riverside Methodist Hospital Program—

Program Director: Thomas J Boes, MD

YOG:Recent graduates and/or <2 years

USMLE score:Applicants who pass on first attempt are given preference

VISA: J-1 is offered


6.St Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital/NEOMED Program—

Program Director: Thomas P Marnejon, DO

E-mail: thomas_marnejon@mercy.com

VISA:accept J-1 visas and sponsor H-1B visas on a limited basis


USMLE SCORE: no cut-off marks

USCE: prefer, but do not require previous US experience.


7.Canton Medical Education Foundation/NEOMED Program—

Program Director: Jennifer Bolyard, MD

E-mail: jennifer.bolyard@aultman.com

USMLE SCORES:give preference to applicants with passing scores on the first attempt on ALL steps

USCE:prefer candidates with US clinical experience but we do not require it. Clinical research experience is given due consideration and may strengthen your application.

LOR’S:require 3 Letters of Recommendation.

VISA: Both J1 and H1b

YSG:no absolute cut-off date for graduation. However, applicant's experience since graduation will be carefully reviewed.


8.Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati Program--

Program Director: Barry Brook, MD

USMLE SCORES: Preference is given to applicants who have USMLE (Parts I and 2-CK) scores in the vicinity of 225 or above.

USCE:Preference is given to applicants who have had direct (“hands on”) inpatient clinical experience in a teaching hospital in the United States


VISA: J1 visa is offered

YSG: <2 years


9.St Vincent Charity Medical Center Program-

Program Director: Keyvan Ravakhah, MD, MBA

E-mail: keyvan.ravakhah@stvincentcharity.com

USMLE SCORES: prefers candidates that have passed each step of the USMLE on the first attempt with scores that meet or exceed the average score of 225.

USCE:prefers candidates with clinical experience in a United States healthcare system, but it is not a requirement.

LOR’S: 3 LOR’s

VISA: Both J1 and H1b visas

YSG: <2 years


10.TriHealth (Good Samaritan Hospital) Program—

Program Director: Scott R Friedstrom, MD

E-mail: scott_friedstrom@trihealth.com


USCE:Minimum of 3 months of US clinical experience (not observerships)


VISA: Only J1 Visas are considered

YSG:Graduation from medical school within the last year only


11.Western Reserve Health Education/NEOMED Program—

Program Director: Munir Shah, MD

E-mail: munir.shah@stewart.org

USMLE SCORES: <220 for USMLE Step 1 & CK; No attempts accepted.

USCE: Not mentioned


VISA: J1 & H1B visas only

YSG: <2 years

LINK: https://www.trumbullregional.org/page/internal-medicine-residency


1.Rochester General Hospital Program--


EMAIL: InternalMedicine@RochesterRegional.org

LINK: https://residency.rochesterregional.org/rgh-internal/

USMLE Score: Step 1 (minimum score 220), and Step 2 CK (minimum score 225), ECFMG certification required


LORs: 3 Letters of recommendations & Dean’s letter

VISA: Sponsorship of J1 and H1 VISAS will be subject to current immigration regulations. If the applicant qualifies for an H1B VISA, but the program is unable to secure the VISA in time for the program start date, the applicant must be willing to accept a J1 VISA.

USCE: Not mandatory to apply


NOTE: The program deviates from this criteria only for applicants referred by faculty or house staff based on personal knowledge of the applicant’s clinical skills and judgment.

2.Rochester Regional Health/Unity Hospital (Rochester) Program:

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Khalid Abdel Gadir, MD

E-MAIL:Jennifer.Reis@rochesterregional.org (Program Coordinator: Jennifer Reis)

LINK: https://residency.rochesterregional.org/unity-internal/

USMLE SCORES: To be considered for H1 visa sponsorship, you must have a passing USMLE Step 3 result by “Match Day”. No cut-off Scores. Do not require ECFMG certification at the time of interview, but certification must be obtained before starting Residency.

YSG: <5 years

LORs: 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your Chairperson in Medicine. If he/she is not available, you may use an alternate.

USCE: Required (duration - not specified)

VISA: Sponsor J1 and H1-B visas


NOTE: We do not require ECFMG certification at the time of interview, but certification must be obtained before starting Residency.

3.Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Program---


E-MAIL: Andrew.Gutwein@nychhc.org


USMLE SCORES: Step 1- no cut off, Step 2 CK>240 (all exams must be passed on the first attempt).

YSG: Not specified

LORs: 3-4 letters of recommendation

USCE: Not Specified

VISA: Sponsor both J1 and H1B visas. Please note however, that applicants with H-1 visas must pass USMLE Step 3 prior to Match Day or we will need to apply for a J1 visa to ensure an on time residency start.

NOTE: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all documents are uploaded to ERAS. Program suggests that you get all required documents to ERAS as soon as possible in order to ensure that your file is reviewed as early in the season as possible.

4.Westchester Medical Center Program--


E-MAIL: austin.charnis@wmchealth.org (Residency coordinator: Austin Charnis)