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Cost of Residency Journey for IMGs
- December 31, 2017 at 14:16 #2948
Hi, I am new in this community. Can anyone please tell me what is the total cost of the journey to residency. I am an IMG from India and currently preparing for Step 1 exam. So I was curious what would be the total expense from Step 1 to starting the residency.
Thank you. Good luck.
- December 31, 2017 at 15:59 #2949
One of my seniors wrote a list on the total expense. He also sent me a copy. it was back in 2015 or 16 probably. So please check the USMLE website for the recent changes in exam fees etc. I am just copy-pasting the list here –
65$ ECFMG application.
1015$ step 1
865$ for the test
150$ for taking the test in india
865$ for the test
165$ for taking the test in india
70$ Extension of eligibility period for step 1 or ck
165$ UW step 1 for 1 month
149$ UW step 2 CK for 1 month
50$ UW Step 2 CS for 1 month
60$ per one NBME
700$ one round plane ticket for CS exam
800$ Accommodation, food and transport for the CS exam.
815$ step 3
So, If you’ve taken 1 month UW and 3 NBMEs before step 1 and didn’t extend the eligibility period, then did the same but extended the eligibility for CK then you’ve taken CS and only practiced with a study partner without taking any courses and you decided to take step 3 after you’ve started your residency, note that 1, CK and CS must be passed before being ECFMG certified but not necessarily step 3, the total cost would be:
65$ application + 1360$ step 1 + 1429$ Step 2 CK + 3005$ Step 2 CS
5,900$ for the 3 exams without factoring in the books and any courses you’ll take.
105$ ERAS token
465$ J1 visa
95+10*10+16*10+26*170 = 4420$ application for 200 programs
95+10*10+16*10+26*120 = 3120$ application for 150 programs
700$ for a round trip for interviews
850$ average cost of an interview
1200$ per month for staying in stationary base during Interview season
You’ve applied for 200 Internal medicine programs, the cost doesn’t depend on the specialty or applying for a backup specialty it only depends on the number of programs you’ll be applying to, got 6 interviews which you clustered in Dec and Jan
4600$ ERAS application + 465$ Visa + 700$ tickets + 5100$ traveling for interviews + 2400$ for the two months stay
13,000$ for the Match season.
Hope this helps.