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Introduction to Postgraduate American Medicine

Preparing International Medical Graduates for careers in the American health system

Start Date: January 16, 2018
Duration: ~ 3 hours
Price: $75

Course Description

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Introduction to Postgraduate American Medicine (IPAM) is a non-accredited course specifically designed for International Medical Graduates seeking postgraduate training in the United States. IPAM is taught by Dr. Kenneth B. Christopher with a focus on thoughtfully preparing international medical graduates for a career in the American health system through test-taking strategies, personal statement writing and CV presentation, application packaging, illumination of the interview process, understanding what training programs want in applicants, obtaining clinical experience in the US, and how to develop a successful career trajectory. Drawing on the expertise of Harvard faculty directly involved in educating medical trainees, this program provides unique insights into the process of attaining a position in an American medical training program.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognize the Match application process and factors that increase chances of success
  • Examine the rational, deliberate, and thoughtful approach to preparing for licensing examinations
  • Determine the process to creating a polished application that captures attention and showcases skills/talents
  • Recognize how to succinctly and accurately communicate in the CV format
  • Recognize the process for developing a personal statement that eloquently communicates strengths
  • Develop a strategy for acquiring US clinical experience and optimize time at a US hospital
  • Recognize how to engage with interviewers in a polished and professional manner
  • Develop familiarity of paths available to trainees


Dr. Kenneth B. Christopher

Dr. Kenneth B. Christopher Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital


Introduction to Postgraduate American Medicine is structured as follows:

Module 1: Training in the US
  • Overview
  • Why The Match is So Hard
  • Application Process Roadmap
  • Structure of US Training
  • What Residency Programs Want
Module 2: Preparing Your Documents
  • Overview
  • CV Preparation
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Preparation
Module 3: Pulling It All Together
  • Overview
  • How to Attain High USMLE Scores
  • What to Expect in Us Clinical Electives and How to Make It Count
  • Which Residency and Where to Apply
  • Clinical Skills Exam
  • Personal Statement Revisited

Course Summary


How long will this course take?

This course should take approximately 3 hours to complete. You do not need to complete it all at once. You may come back as often as you would like.

How long will this course be available?

This self-paced course will end January 16, 2019.

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