IMG Friendly States for Family Medicine

In this post we will be sharing some insightful data on IMG friendly States for Family Medicine. The list of IMG friendly states for Family Medicine by IMG type (Caribbean IMG vs Non-Caribbean IMG) can be found below. This data was provided by will generate a list of programs matching your unique profile including your scores, whether you are an American Medical Graduate, Caribbean IMG, Non-Caribbean IMG, clinical experience, years since graduation, etc. Their database is based on information collected from various sources including phone calls to the programs, program websites, prior match results and more.


Non-Caribbean IMG Friendly States for FM
This chart goes into more detail showing the most Non-Caribbean IMG friendly states. Again, for my purposes I defined IMG friendly as any program which IMGs made up 10% or more of their total residents in the past 3 years. The numbers denote the percentage of programs in the particular state which were Non-Caribbean IMG friendly.

  1. Virginia (67%)
  2. Texas (44%)
  3. New York (37%)
  4. Michigan (32%)
  5. Ohio (32%)
  6. California (30%)



  1. Louisiana (100% – not many total programs)
  2. Michigan (91%)
  3. Virginia (90%)
  4. Georgia (89%)
  5. New Jersey (82%)
  6. New York (79%)
  7. Pennsylvania (71%)
  8. Illinois (65%)


IMG Friendly FM
This is a chart depicting the percentage of IMG friendly programs based on IMG type. For my own purpose I defined “friendly” as any program where IMGs made up 10% or more of the total residents in the past 3 years. The most surprising and revealing fact was that more than twice as many programs are Caribbean friendly as are Non-Caribbean friendly. Furthermore only 15% of the total Family Medicine programs sponsored any form of Visa while being Non-Caribbean IMG friendly (as per my aforementioned definition of the term)

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