Program Prerequisites

United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE)

It is extremely critical that you DO NOT take any of the USMLE’s without first achieving a minimum score of 500 on a National Board of Medical Examination practice test. Residency programs will receive all your USMLE attempts and scores. More than one failure usually will exclude you from further consideration by training programs.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

We can not stress enough how important it is for an applicant to our program to possess both strong oral and written skills. If you have recently immigrated to the US, we recommend that you invest your time improving your English. As an applicant to residency training programs, you will be required to submit applications, write personal statements and interview all of which will involve demonstrating that you possess strong English skills. Your chance of attaining a passing score on the USMLEs will be directly linked with how well you comprehend the questions and answers in English.

It is for this reason that we recommend that you practice speaking in English at all times possible. Incorporate listening to English (television, radio, etc) and speaking English into your daily lives. IMGs who participate in our program are required to speak English only at all times!

There are educational organizations which offer English as a Second Language (ESL) courses such as UCLA Extension which offers an Accent Reduction course. Please refer to course entitled "Speaking with Clarity: An Accent-Reduction Workshop", Registration # T7592U. For registration or general information, please call (310) 825-9971. IMGs who participate in our program are evaluated on a case by case basis and provided with the opportunity to take this course at a very discounted cost.

Regardless of your English language fluency, we recommend that you enroll in an ESL course. If you are in the LA area, we highly recommend the English for Health Professionals’ course offered at Los Angeles City College (LACC) as it is tailored to IMGs and taught by UCLA faculty member Darren Kelley, MFA. Classes are held at LACC on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and are free of charge.

Updated April 2014