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Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation - Education

Houston, Texas

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Information Specific to International Medical Graduates

Do you accept international medical graduates? What are the requirements?

We accept applications from international medical graduates. You should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates for Electronic Residency Applicantion Service materials and eligibility requirements. For information, visit the ECFMG web page or contact ECFM by email at

Applications will be accepted only from those candidates (except current medical students) who are eligible for ECFMGF certification prior to the Match.

What kind of visa do you accept?

We accept applicants with the the J-1 visa only.

Do I need U.S. research/clinical experience?

A PGY-1 year in an accredited US program is required for all applicants, whether U.S. medical graduates or international medical graduates.

While research in the U.S. might be favorably considered, it is not a requirement in the decision to interview a candidate.

What documents should I submit?

We require the following supporting documents with your application:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • USMLE transcript
  • Medical school diploma
  • Medical school transcript from all medical schools attended. Transcript must show grades obtained in medical school (i.e., M.B.B.S. marks, statement sheet). The transcript must show actual courses and grades.
  • Transcript of medical school clerkships showing actual hours. (If not included in the academic transcript)
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (must have valid through dates stamped at the bottom, or can be valid indefinitely)
  • If there is a change of name from that on the above documents, submit a marriage certificate or legal name change documentation.
  • All documents not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

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