FAQ: International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Q: I am an internationally trained medical doctor, can I apply to the MEDEX program?

A: International medical graduates (IMGs) are welcome to apply to the MEDEX program and are required to meet the same minimum standards for either the master’s or bachelor’s degree option as other applicants. They must follow the same application process as all other applicants to the MEDEX Northwest program.

Q: Will the clinical experience I have in my home country qualify for meeting the clinical prerequisite?

A: Typically yes, but our strongest candidates have more than the minimum 4000 hours of paid experience in the direct delivery of patient care. Most of the IMGs we accept also have some experience in the US healthcare system. We do not accept hours completed during residency or internship within another training program toward the prerequisite.

Q: How do I provide my academic transcripts from medical school?

A: When applying to MEDEX using the CASPA application, enter all academic information into the CASPA application. Applicants will be required to send official translated copies of their international transcripts directly to MEDEX Northwest. 
DO NOT SEND INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS TO CASPA. CASPA accepts only evaluations of international education.

All IMGs are required to submit official copies of their translated transcripts directly to MEDEX Northwest on or before the October 1st application deadline.

These transcripts are required and will be used to verify the academic information entered into the CASPA application. MEDEX cannot verify academic information without the required translated, course-by-course transcript evaluation.

Submit official international transcripts to an approved international transcript evaluation service for a course-by-course US equivalency report. Arrange for international transcript reports to be sent directly to MEDEX from the transcript evaluation agency.

Q: Is the TOEFL required?

A: Official TOEFL scores are required by the UW Graduate School for all international applicants who did not complete a bachelor’s degree at an institution in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or Canada. The completion of college-level English courses at a community college in the United States does not replace the need for the TOEFL exam scores. International medical graduates who have completed a master’s degree in their home country or in the United States will also need to complete the TOEFL exam. More information about what scores are acceptable can be found here: http://www.grad.washington.edu/policies/memoranda/memo08.shtml.

Q: Do you require the ECFMG or the USMLE?

A. No. MEDEX does not require either the ECFMG or USMLE exam scores. Please note: Scores from either of these exams do not replace the need for completed academic or clinical prerequisites for MEDEX Northwest.

Q: Do I need to complete the entire program?

A. Yes. All students accepted to MEDEX (including IMGs) must complete all courses offered by MEDEX Northwest, regardless of their prior degree status in order to graduate from the program.


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