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The IMG Roadmap Podcast

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The IMG Roadmap is the only podcast dedicated to guiding International Medical Graduates (IMGs) with success blueprints for this unique pathway. This podcast offers practical tools and equips IMGs with applicable strategies to achieve their “US doctor goals”. I do so by bringing information from successful physicians with first hand experience to students who are still in the process of becoming resident physicians. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ninalum/support
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123. From Latin America to Harvard : The Inspiring Story of Dr. Angela Banks Paulino's Determination (IMG Roadmap Series #114)

Quick Pause! The IMG Roadmap Program is back, bigger and better in 2023! Click here to join the 2023 cohort as you build your medical success story. ***** Today, our guest Dr. Angela Banks Paulino, an IMG from the Dominican Republic, shares her inspiring story of how she scored internal medicine residency and subsequently a fellowship at Harvard! Here are some highlights of this episode: Ever wondered if you can do the USMLE in 1 year? Dr. Paulino took her USMLE exams while working as a practitioner in the Dominican Republic, starting with Step 1 and Step 2 CS and CK over the course of a year and a half. She also purchased high yield books in English and did practice questions to prepare. Money problems holding you back? Despite facing challenges such as limited guidance and financial costs, Dr. Paulino strategically applied to programs with a higher Hispanic population and more suited to her demographic, ultimately scoring 14 interviews and matching on her first attempt. Do you think your life need to come to a hold while on your IMG journey? Dr. Paulino emphasizes the importance of networking and knowing where to apply, finding joy and grounding in personal relationships and activities outside of medicine. She also encourages others to showcase their hard work and present themselves confidently when applying to programs. You can reach out to Dr. Paulino using the following: Instagram: @doctor.banks Twitter: @drangelabanks And her youtube channel here! ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/23/202337 minutes, 19 seconds
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122. Match Success with IMG Roadmap Program: Your Key to US Residency!

Quick Pause! The IMG Roadmap Program is back, bigger and better in 2023! Click here to join the 2023 cohort as you build your medical success story. ***** Are you an international medical graduate (IMG) looking to secure a medical residency in the United States? The match process can be intimidating and stressful, but you don't have to do it alone. The IMG Roadmap program is here to help you on your journey to success with its sturdy support system and valuable resources. In this episode, we're featuring testimonials from past students who have gone through the IMG Roadmap program and experienced firsthand the positive impact it has made on their match process. Here are some pearls of advice they would like to share with prospective students: Following the course's guidance and reaching out to program directors for interviews. Writing personalized personal statements for multiple programs Aiming high and not limiting your potential. Asking for help and leveraging the mentorship and support provided by the IMG Roadmap program. Exploring options and not giving up, even if you end up in the SOAP process. Networking using the templates and guidance provided by the IMG Roadmap program Reaching for your dreams and not settling for less. Taking action and putting yourself out there to gain clinical experience opportunities and letters of recommendation. More testimonials can be found here. To join this year's cohort of the IMG Roadmap Course, click here. Join the IMG Roadmap program today and confidently navigate the match process to achieve your medical residency dream in the United States! ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/16/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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121. The One Thing IMG's Applying This September Must Consider.

Quick Pause! The IMG Roadmap Program is back, bigger and better in 2023! Click here to join the 2023 cohort as you build your medical success story. ***** As an IMG preparing for the USMLE, you may have concerns about the recent changes to Step 1 scoring, which has shifted from a numeric score to pass/fail. This change has both advantages and disadvantages, especially for IMGs who need to demonstrate their competitiveness in the match process. Here are the highlights discussed in this episode: IMGs may have concerns about recent changes to USMLE Step 1 scoring, which has shifted to pass/fail. Previously, Step 1 scores were used to showcase competitiveness, but now IMGs may lose that opportunity. Focus on obtaining a high score on Step 2, as it may become a new filtering criteria for program directors. Other aspects of your application, such as volunteering, research, and observerships, are still important. Consider enrolling in the six-week coaching course, IMG Roadmap, for expert guidance on mastering the USMLE steps and successful matching. Benefits of the course include study partners, emphasis on question banks, and manageable time commitment. Check out a free resource at DrNinaLum.com/webinars for pitfalls to avoid during the match process. Coaching enrollment is open for April cohort, starting on April 23rd with orientation on April 17th. Visit DrNinaLum.com/testimonials to hear past student reviews. With the right strategies and preparation, IMGs can still showcase competitiveness and match into desired residency program despite changes in Step 1 scoring. As you consider whether to join the upcoming April cohort, I invite you to check out a free resource at DrNinaLum.com/webinar, where you can learn about the worst pitfalls to avoid during the match process. Coaching enrollment is now open, starting on April 23rd with orientation on April 17th. Don't just take my word for it, visit DrNinaLum.com/testimonials to hear what past students have to say about the course. Their reviews may surprise you! Remember, while the changes to Step 1 scoring may seem daunting, with the right strategies and preparation, you can still showcase your competitiveness and successfully match into your desired residency program. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify.   --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/14/202316 minutes, 8 seconds
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120. From India to the Match: Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya's Journey to Residency at Mount Sinai (IMG Roadmap Series #113)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Transitioning to the US medical system as an international medical graduate (IMG) can be a daunting task. However, with careful planning and preparation, it can be a successful journey. In this blog post, we will share the story of an IMG who accepted apre-match offer at Mount Sinai in pediatrics, and provide tips and recommendations for IMGs who are starting their own journey. Keep listening to find out more!   Here are some of the highlights of this episode: Guest: Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya, a recent international medical graduate who matched into a pediatrics residency at Mount Sinai. Overview: In this episode, Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya shares her journey to matching into apediatrics residency in the US. She talks about her experience taking the USMLE exams, preparing for the match process, and dealing with online interviews due to COVID-19. She also offers tips and advice for other IMGs who are navigating the same journey. Key Points: Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya graduated medical school in March 2021 and was supposed to apply for the match, but due to COVID-19 disrupting the exam process, she had to push her application to the following year. She used this time to take the USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 and do more observerships. She studied usingresources like Uworld, Firstaid, Pathoma, Sketchy, OnlineMedEd, and CCScases.com. Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya had to deal with time differences for interviews and contact since she is in India while preparing for the match, but it was manageable in the end. Her program agreed to sponsor an H1B visa for her. Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya's advice for other IMGs includes starting the journey as early as possible, finding a good mentor to guide them, doing lots of research, volunteering, and gaining relevant clinical experience, and tailoring their application to the specialty of their interest. She encourages IMGs to have confidence and believe in themselves and not to give up despite discouraging circumstances. Closing: Dr. Avanthika Chaithanya's journey is proof that with determination and hard work, IMGs can match into residency programs in the US. Her advice and tips are invaluable to those who are navigating the same journey.   You can reach out to Dr. Chaitanya @Paneer__tikka on Instagram. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/2/202335 minutes, 26 seconds
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119. Out of the Box: Dr. Toyosi Adeoye's Tips for Securing a Medical Residency with a Non-Traditional Background (IMG Roadmap Series #112)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Are you worried that your non-traditional background would keep you back during your application for US medical residency? Tune in to find out how Dr. Toyosi Adeoye was able to defy the odds and score a medical residency in the competitive field of obstetrics and gynecology! Here are some of the highlights of the episode: Introduction to Dr. Toyosi Adeoye, a Nigerian medical doctor who started medical school at the age of 16 with a non-traditional medical background. Dr. Adeoye's journey through medical school, including relocating due to a hurricane and doing clinical rotations in Chicago. The challenges Dr. Adeoye faced due to her non-traditional background, and how she worked to overcome them by participating in extracurricular activities and volunteering. Dr. Adeoye's advice for preparing for medical exams, including studying for exams, doing practice tests, and working on weak points. Dr. Adeoye's advice for applying for a medical residency, including rotating in the specialty, getting research done, accumulating volunteer experience, and getting a mentor. Dr. Adeoye's experience applying for a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, including the letters of recommendation she obtained. Dr. Adeoye's final advice for those with non-traditional medical backgrounds looking to score a residency: don't self-reject, be kind to yourself, and give yourself a fighting chance. You can reach out to Dr. Toyosi on either of her instagram accounts @Medictey and @Toyosi__a ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
3/26/202340 minutes, 25 seconds
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118. Crucial Contract Considerations for Physicians: Insights from a Leading Lawyer Michael Johnson esq. (IMG Roadmap series #111)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Introduction: It's important for physicians to understand the legal aspects of their employment contracts. Guest speaker: Michael Johnson, an experienced lawyer who specializes in physician contracts. Three crucial things physicians should know before signing a contract: Residency contracts are typically non-negotiable, but it's important to find out if your contract allows for moonlighting. For your first attending contract, it's essential to start familiarizing yourself with the kind of contract you're looking for and making the necessary calls from the spring of the previous year. If you're on a visa, it's important to understand the timeline and how to terminate your contract to avoid complicated litigation. Compensation: Physicians should carefully review their contracts to prevent employers from exploiting loopholes. A good contract should be easy to understand, and a lawyer can guide physicians to negotiate for a phantom hourly rate for a fixed set of responsibilities. Johnson advises physicians to reach out to colleagues and ask questions before signing a contract. Conclusion: Understanding physician contracts is crucial for every physician, and working with a lawyer who specializes in physician contracts can provide valuable insights and guidance. Physicians should carefully review their contracts, ask questions, and seek legal help if needed to protect themselves and their careers. You can reach out to Michael Johnson esq. via: His Instagram @physicancontracts His website physiciancontracts.com. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
3/19/202342 minutes, 56 seconds
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117. No Age Limit to Success: Journey of a US IMG Family Medicine Resident Dr. Jessica Dauphin (IMG Roadmap series #110)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Are you worried about starting your medical journey or residency because of your age? Don't be! Dr. Jessica Dauphin, a US IMG and family medicine resident, is here to prove that age is just a number when it comes to success. Here are the highlights of this episode: Introduce Dr. Jessica Dauphin, a family medicine resident and US IMG Dr. Dauphin’s background: graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 2015 and studied medicine in her late twenties Dr. Dauphin’s medical school curriculum: 4 years of undergrad, 2 years of basic sciences taught in English, 2 clinical years taught in Spanish, and a final internship year in Mexico or the U.S. Dr. Dauphin’s match journey: applied three times, used persistence and networking to make herself a better applicant each year, and ultimately matched on her third try The importance of Step 3 for IMGs: shows programs that you’re capable of passing the boards and being a successful physician How Dr. Dauphin feels now: thankful to be living her dream despite being older than her colleagues Get in Touch with Dr. Dauphin: If you're facing a similar situation, you can connect with Dr. Dauphin at [email protected] for advice and tips. You can also visit my website for further guidance. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
3/12/202335 minutes, 2 seconds
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116. Building Your Medical Success Story: Tips from US-IMG Dr. Christina Abi Kheir (IMG Roadmap Series #109)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Are you interested in getting into a competitive specialty such as Pediatrics but don't know where to start? Our guest today, US-IMG Dr. Christina Abi Kheir, is here to share her journey and offer tips on how to succeed in the residency match process. Some highlights from her journey discussed in this episode include: Hard work in establishing virtual connections to substitute in-person rotations Taking courses to build her CV and staying in touch with clinical skills Emailing program directors, searching their social media, and creating a Twitter account to network Reaching out for coaching and interview practice Not matching the first time and going through the SOAP process to reach out to program directors with available spots Seeking feedback and improvement to make herself more marketable as an applicant For those considering pediatric residency, she suggests: Applying to community-based programs Doing a lot of volunteering to show community involvement Being able to fit in with the residents and the culture of the program Embracing your diverse background as a strength Her mantra for success is to not fear failure, always give 200% effort, and not lose focus. Connect with Dr. Kheir on Twitter at @Christinakheir and Instagram @drbabysteps. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
3/5/202335 minutes, 40 seconds
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115. Breaking the Mold: From Brazil to Johns Hopkins - The Journey of Dr. Rhanderson Cardoso (IMG Roadmap Series #108)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** Have you ever heard that International Medical Graduates (IMGs) can’t secure spots in top programs and competitive specialties? Dr. Rhanderson Cardoso, a successful cardiologist at Harvard Medical School at the Brigham Women's Faulkner Hospital, is here to prove otherwise! Background: Currently working at Harvard Medical School Attended Medical school in Brazil Completed Internal Medicine residency at University of Miami, where he served as a chief resident Cardiology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins followed by Imaging Fellowship at Harvard Medical School Stays on as faculty and performs research and teaches residents Match Journey: Dr. Cardoso's dream was always to complete medical residency in the US ECMFG provided the opportunity for him to do so Completed Step 1 in his 5th year of medical school and had observerships in the US Despite the lack of people taking the same path, he applied for residency just after graduation Mistakes in application: no publications and applied to too few programs Matched at University of Miami and was able to secure better programs in the future Challenges: Matched and completed residency on J1 Long residency (3 years of medicine, 1 year of chief residency, and 3 years of fellowship) Had to apply for extension for additional training in cardiac imaging Took on a position in academic institution after residency and now has an O visa Research Difficulty: As a 1st-year resident, he had limited time to do research He learned systematic review and meta-analysis to become more appealing to collaborators and mentors Barriers for IMGs: Financial expenses English language proficiency Difficulty in getting meaningful research done Webinar: Dr. Cardoso is hosting a webinar on February 28th on the publication roadmap. You can find more information on his Instagram @rhandersoncardoso.md and @metaanalysis.academy. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
2/26/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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114. From IMG to Residency: Dr. Ifeoma Ogbuka's Journey to Navigating the US Visa Process with Success (IMG Roadmap Series #107)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ***** In this episode, we delve into the world of medical residency visas in the US and explore the options available to international medical graduates (IMGs). Our guest, Dr. Ifeoma Ogbuka, shares her journey and provides tips and insights to help you navigate the visa process with ease. Highlights: How Dr. Ogbuka scored 12 residency interviews Completing a fellowship on a visa The Conrad 30 Waiver Program The role of the Department of State and USCIS in the visa process Tips for a smoother visa application The Appalachian Regional Commission and its resources for IMGs Working with a lawyer for visa issues during your transitioning phase Available free courses on Dr. Lum’s visa process at imgroadmap.com Contact Information: Attorney Vanessa Seckin : [email protected]. Dr. Ifeoma Ogbuka: [email protected] IMG Roadmap: imgroadmap.com ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
2/19/202352 minutes, 6 seconds
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113. Balancing Love & Medicine: An Interview with OBGYN & Intimacy Coach Dr. Sadaf Lodhi (IMG Roadmap Series #106)

I am bringing back the IMG Roadmap live program; this is an intensive but fast bootcamp to get you ready for the 2024 match cycle. If you want to be informed once we launch click here https://www.aceyourclinicals.com/2023! ****** As a resident, fellow, or attending physician, striking a work-life balance can be challenging. It's not always easy to prioritize our personal relationships, but it's essential for our overall well-being. With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to bring in OBGYN and Intimacy Coach Dr. Sadaf Lodhi to help us maintain that special love in our busy lives. Here is the outline of this episode: Introduction of the guest Dr. Sadaf Lodhi, an OBGYN and Intimacy Coach Discussion of the Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of health, which addresses biological, psychological, and social aspects of health and well-being Biological aspect includes physical health concerns such as exams, screenings, STI tests, contraception, and prenatal care Psychological aspect covers mental health, including feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress, and the importance of therapy and coaching Social aspect focuses on maintaining relationships and friendships, finding local communities, and expanding knowledge through reading Tips to maintain and improve mental health: spending time with self and others, exercise, mindfulness, and outdoor walks Discussion of the relationship between stress and desire, and how cortisol levels can inhibit desire How to maintain desire, prioritize the romantic relationship, set aside quality time, and use Sensate Focus techniques to increase arousal and desire Emphasis on the importance of taking care of oneself during medical training. Are there any questions that you would like to ask Dr. Lodhi for assistance? To schedule a meeting or group coaching session with her, you can visit drsadaf.com. You can also connect with her through her Instagram and Tiktok accounts @Drsadafobgyn, or listen to her on The Muslim Sex Podcast. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
2/12/202336 minutes, 41 seconds
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112. A first generation Haitian-American Doctor determined to make a difference: Dr. Nachelle Aurelien reveals her secrets to success! (IMG Roadmap Series #105)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! Click here to join the waitlist for the 2023 cohort of the IMG Roadmap course – the boost you need on your IMG journey! ***** As an IMG, whether you have realized it or not, you are a pioneer. You’re doing what many others have failed to do and you’re doing it with finesse. Regardless, the journey to residency and post residency life can be complicated, but you have options! Dr. Nachelle Aurelien is here to share some of these options with you so that you can take ownership of your medical success story. Keep listening for the juicy details! Here is the outline of this episode: Highlights of Dr. Aurelien's journey. Why didn’t she match the first time and how she did she do better the second time? What is Dr. Aurelien’s day-to-day life like now? What are some pieces of advice for those preparing their rank list? What’s Dr. Aurelien’s advice for those who did not get interviews and have to SOAP? What’s Dr. Aurelien’s advice for those preparing to apply in September in 2023? Rapid fire: Who is Dr. Aurelien? What is her favorite movie? What’s her favorite food? What’s her mantra for success?  Bet on yourself and prove yourself right. Deal with impostor syndrome – Recognize all of the things that are stacked against you that you succeeded despite. When you get down, don’t stay down. Do not give up on yourself. You are the pioneer you need to make the change for your family. You will always have people cheering you on. You are a phenomenal physician. You are special, you didn’t allow yourself to let go of your dream. You can reach out to Dr. Aurelien via: @nachemd on Instagram @nachemd on tiktok And Nachelle Aurelien on Linkedin. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
1/29/202352 minutes, 21 seconds
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111. An IMG advocate who worked with the World Health Organization? Dr. Ilan Shapiro talks, medicine, life and social justice. (IMG Roadmap Series #104)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! Click here to join the waitlist for the 2023 cohort of the IMG Roadmap course – the boost you need on your IMG journey! ***** Dr. Ilan Shapiro is an advocate for IMGs from all over the world, with a focus on Hispanic countries. He has been able to make his voice of advocacy heard worldwide, stressing the importance of human compassion in medicine. Keep listening to find out more about Dr. Shapiro’s background, medical journey and his many inspirational tidbits! Here’s an outline of what to expect this episode: What is Dr. Ilan Shapiro’s background? What was Dr. Shapiro’s IMG journey like? How IMGs can deal with difficulties with matching: What is Dr. Shapiro’s famous onion analogy? How does Dr. Shapiro motivate IMGs who didn’t match? What kind of work does Dr. Shapiro do for IMGs? Dr. Shapiro is a media personality in healthcare. How did he get into this domain? Rapid fire: Who is Dr. Shapiro? You can reach out to Dr. Shapiro via: - Instagram: @Drshapps - His website. ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
1/22/202334 minutes, 2 seconds
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110. She went from 0 publications to 15 peer reviewed publications over 2 years ? Nephrologist and researcher Dr. Jia Ng tells us how she did it! (IMG Roadmap Series #103)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! Click here to join the waitlist for the 2023 cohort of the IMG Roadmap course – the boost you need on your IMG journey! ***** Do you have questions as to how to complete clinical research to boost your application into residency as an IMG? Dr. Jia Ng is here to save the day! Keep listening to find out all about her intriguing medical and professional journeys. Board certified Nephrologist, assistant professor at Zucker School of medicine, and founder of Published Md, Dr. Ng coaches clinicians on how to build their authority and achieve academic goals. Here is an outline of our interview with this inspiring physician: What makes Dr. Ng an IMG? What was Dr. Ng’s Pre-residency journey like? What made Dr. Ng the resilient person she is? As a visa applicant, how was she able to land such a fellowship opportunity? How did Dr. Ng get her start in the research field? What advice does Dr. Ng give to people who may be in a similar position to her during her first application? How can IMGs make themselves more competitive? What has Dr. Ng’s career as a physician been like? And finally, Dr. Ng’s general advice to IMGs. You can reach out to Dr. Ng via: @jiahweing on Twitter @publishmd on Youtube @publishedmd on Instagram And through her website publishedmd.com ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website! Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
1/15/202338 minutes, 57 seconds
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109. How can IMGs ensure success in 2023? Dr. Lum helps you come up with your winning strategy!

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! Click here to join the waitlist for the 2023 cohort of the IMG Roadmap course – the boost you need on your IMG journey! ***** Happy New Year from the IMG Roadmap to you! This episode features a webinar that was held to help IMGs like you plan their successful IMG journeys for the following year. Keep listening and feel free to do the exercises yourself! What are three things that you were proud of last year? What is one goal that you set for yourself in 2022 but did not end up achieving? Why did you not complete this goal? Honesty and Introspection are key! Pivoting from this, how can you plan to achieve all of your goals in 2023? You may not have realized it, but you’ve just completed a SWOT analysis: You identified your Strengths (What you accomplished last year), Weaknesses (What you didn’t accomplish), Opportunities (How you can plan for 2023) and Threats (Why didn’t you accomplish your goals from last year). The best advice is to cancel motivation and take action in the direction of the results you want to see. Write out 3 things you want to achieve this year. Separate your goals into bite-size pieces. Break your three new goals into actionable steps that you can accomplish throughout the first quarter of the year and then repeat these steps for the remaining quarters! ***** Follow us on Instagram for supportive content and download our targeted planner from our website to complete this analysis yourself. Subscribe to our podcast and newsletter and consider joining our program in the spring to kick start your IMG journey in 2023. As always you can click on the following links to listen to more episodes of our podcasts on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
1/8/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 2 seconds
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108. IMG Roadmap Best of 2022!

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** 2022 was surely a year to remember with so many lives being touched by the IMG Roadmap course and podcast. Thank you for journeying with us and making this our biggest year yet. We appreciate you! Stay tuned for our Best of 2022, determined by the ten episodes that you listened to and downloaded the most this year! Episode #1: 101. How Today's Women Can Excel in Their Personal and Professional Lives - An Interview With Tami Adeleke (@takeoffwithtami) Episode #2: 90. IMGRoadmap Series #89 Dr. Marc Katz (Cardiology) Episode #3: 91. IMGRoadmap Series #90 Dr. Aditi Agrawal (Psychiatry) Episode #4: 92. How to Complete Your Most Challenging Tasks of 2022 as an IMG Episode #5: 95. IMGRoadmap Series #93 Dr. Paul M. Osunwa, Jr. (Anesthesiology) Episode #6: 94. IMGRoadmap Series #92 Dr. Deborah Makinde (Internal Medicine) Episode #7: 96. IMGRoadmap Series #94 Dr. Agyingi Kimbong (Internal Medicine) Episode #8: 93. IMGRoadmap Series #91 Dr. Adannia Enyioha (Pediatrics) Episode #9: 99. IMG Roadmap Series #96: Dr. Enaka Yembe (Family Medicine) Episode #10: 97. 2022 IMG Match Results & FAQ's about the IMGRoadmap Course! Click here to download your free 2023 IMG Roadmap calendar as we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year! You can also listen to all full episodes of the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
12/25/202224 minutes, 22 seconds
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107. Clinical Fellowship instead of Residency? Learn how Memory Disorder Pre-Clinical Fellow Dr. Siegried Chin followed this unique pathway! (IMG Roadmap Series #102)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** A Clinical Fellow is defined as “a doctoral level health professional whose interest focusses on biomedical research”. In the IMG roadmap program, this has never been seen as an alternative path to residency since most international doctors choose residency as their first option. Let’s explore how this young doctor has achieved this feat by choosing an alternative route! Dr. Siegried Chin, a Philippines’ native, migrated to the United States in 2020 and became a permanent citizen in 2021 after her graduation from the De la Falle Medical and Health Science Institute in 2017. Like many of her fellow IMG colleagues, Dr. Chin admittedly encountered many challenges during the match season. She applied to 120 programs and scored 5 interviews, none of which were successful. Cognizant of her own weaknesses by attaining a low step one score, Dr. Chin, though devastated for not being matched, did not wallow in self-pity, but decided to utilize the available online resources for the sole purpose of networking on several social media platforms to boost her future chances. It was then that she was introduced to a doctor who had migrated from the Philippines and had graduated from the fellow program of which she ultimately became part. Dr. Chin is currently working as a Memory Disorder Pre-Clinical Fellow at the Augusta University in Georgia. She was fortunate to have received a five-year NIH grant for studies at this extraordinary program. She states that she is getting hands on knowledge when dealing with patients who have Alzheimers or Parkinson’s Disease along with other related disorders. As a fellow, which is a paid position, she performs similar functions as a PGY1, can see patients under the supervision of an attending, can prescribe medication and has a temporary license to practice. Dr. Chin acclaims her success to her tenacity and shares the following tips with future IMGs: Have a strong support system of family and friends Be steadfast in your capabilities, and be realistic Network, foster academic friendships by joining support groups on social media like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others Remember to give back to the community and to others who were once in your position. You can reach out to Dr. Chin through her Instagram @theresieggoes. You can also listen to all full episodes of the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
10/16/202229 minutes, 23 seconds
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106. From Microbiology to Medicine to Data Analysis: System Quality & Health Information Manager Dr. John Emmanuel tells us how he did it! (IMG Roadmap Series #101)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Do you ever struggle with self-doubt in your journey as an IMG?  Dr. John Emmanuel is here today to share how he was able to overcome this struggle and achieve success. Keep listening to find out about his Medical Success Story! Nigerian-born Dr. John Emmanuel is a Transformative Physician Leader committed to leveraging clinically innovative, health information technology and data analytical tools to solve complex problems around Quality Improvement, Value-Based Care and Practice Transformation in the continuum of care. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, he migrated to the Caribbean for his medical studies where he experienced culture shock. Eventually, he was able to continue on his journey to the USA after acquiring his Visa. To date, Dr. Emmanuel has worked in various capacities in the healthcare and clinical diagnostic industry. He even has previous experience working with one of the nation’s leading auditing firms as a Healthcare consultant with specialty in clinical documentation improvement and currently serves as in a CDI leadership capacity at one of the prestigious academic medical center in Atlanta, Georgia. Though his path was nontraditional, he encountered challenges just like many others. His tenacity and drive to complete his studies caused him to waver, but he never quitted. He is now offering his very own courses through FOS Consulting LLC to assist others in paving a way to success. Other tips that helped him in his success were: · Having a positive support system who would be your cheerleaders and serve as mentors · Creating a five year and ten year plan · Charting a vision board, outlining short term as well as long term goals · Job sculpting by utilizing available data analysis · Having the passion and not quit, remain resilient · Having a purpose bigger than oneself. Dr. Emmanuel’s day to day functions are in the field of Clinical Documentation Integrity. Some of his responsibilities include reviewing the medical records of a patient from admission to discharge. He attributes his success to remaining marketable by constantly improving himself through taking courses and other means while never giving up! You can connect with Dr. Emmanuel on his website www.fosconsulting.org& his Instagram @fosconsultingllc. You can also listen to all full episodes of the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
10/9/202248 minutes, 56 seconds
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105. Her dream program preferred IMGs with green cards? Internist Dr. Anita Lwanga reveals how landed the residency anyway! (IMG Roadmap Series #100)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Sometimes, when applying for residency, you may feel like you don’t check all of the boxes on the program coordinators’ list. But you shouldn’t let this discourage you – proceed anyway! Dr. Anita Lwanga is here today to show us how persistence and belief in yourself can yield results. Keep listening to find out more! Calling in from Western Canada where she grew up and did her undergraduate training, Dr. Lwanga begins by sharing some of her background: Born in Kenya, she is the daughter of Ugandan refugees who later migrated to Canada. Her father was an IMG in Canada after migrating. His hard work inspired her to study medicine, regardless of how difficult it was to get into Canadian schools. She attended medical school at the St. Matthews University in the Cayman Islands. Completed residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago. Engaged in a fellowship in geriatrics at the University of Illinois. Worked in Upstate New York. Moved back to Canada to practice as a general internist. She currently does both in-patient and out-patient work in her own clinic and at the hospital. Dr. Lwanga’s unique residency story: She was sure to choose a medical school that friends and family had also attended. She did not match into residency the first time. The second time around, she landed some interviews. She ended up matching into a program for which her friend had gotten her an interview. At the winning interview, the program coordinators had said that they preferred green-card holders, which she wasn’t. Regardless, they were so impressed by her, that they chose her on the spot despite the odds! As such, she advises IMGs to: Network as much as possible. Get LORs from experts who are known to the program coordinators. Be confident in what you have to offer. Capitalize on what makes you unique. Follow your gut! As a former competitive gymnast, Dr. Lwanga is passionate about nutrition and exercise.  She has high hopes for her practice and envisions a future where she will be able to see her patients with no rush and incorporate lifestyle medicine in her care. You can reach out to Dr. Lwanga and learn more about her inspiring story via: Linkedin: Anita Lwanga Instagram: @lwangamd Twitter: @lwangamd Tiktok: @drlwanga Access free resources and view our course catalog at imgroadmap.com. You can also listen to all full episodes of the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
10/2/202237 minutes, 9 seconds
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104. 21 Residency interviews?! Psychiatrist Dr. Sarah Pospos reveals her secrets for success! (IMG Roadmap Series #99)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Scoring a whopping 21 residency interviews out of 150 applications, Dr. Sarah Pospos is here to prove that anything is possible with determination, strategic thinking and hardwork. Keep listening to hear the compelling story of how she landed her psychiatry residency! Here are the highlights of her journey: Indonesian born and raised, she attended the Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya Fakultas Kedoketan Medical school from which she graduated in 2013. Pursued a masters in Psychopharmacology and Applied Psychology. After a successful application process even as an “Old IMG”, she was selected as a chief resident and currently practices as a psychiatrist for high performers in sports and within the field of perinatal psychiatry. She received 21 interviews from institutions including Yale and Duke out of only 150 applications. She used a cut-throat strategic and personalized approach to maximize her applications.  She worked simultaneously at multiple places to get her US clinical experience, instead of engaging in short stints one after the other. She participated in 14 publications, 7 of which were authored, and 5 total research opportunities at institutions including UCLA and UCSD. She was able to secure 4 LORs from relevant professionals in the field. LORs from within your target field and similar specialties from US doctors are recommended. Here are Dr. Pospos’ recommendations for future applicants into psychiatry residency: Be strategic and objective instead of subjective It’s all about how you present yourself Personal statements are key Don’t be too generic, but stay professional Use concrete examples with numbers and statistics as proof. Her general tips are as follows: Don’t neglect self-care on your journey. Seek help if you feel depressed or anxious. Use proven study and time-management techniques. Take it one task at a time! You can connect with Dr. Pospos on her website lifestyletelepsychiatry.com and her Instagram @lifestyletelepsychiatry. You can also listen to all full episodes of the podcast on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
9/25/202245 minutes, 2 seconds
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103. A Radiology Residency Application with no Plan B as an IMG? Dr. Maham Siddique Shares her Winning Strategy! (IMG Roadmap Series #98)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Is applying to various specialties despite your dream of landing a residency in a particular field always the best idea? Radiology resident Dr. Maham Siddique is here today to share her story of determination and not taking no for an answer! Here are some of the highlights of her journey: Dr. Maham was born and raised in Pakistan, where she attended the Aga Khan University and discovered her love for Radiology before her graduation in 2016. While in medical school, she was given the option to pursue clinical rotations in the US.  By completing her electives in the US, she was able to see how Radiology was conducted there, and realized the need for research items when applying into residency in this field. As such, she moved to NYC 4 years ago on a J1 research visa, where she engaged in lung and breast cancer research in Radiology for 3 years. She then applied to Radiology residency in 2020 after attaining her green card, thereby classifying her as a US IMG. How was Dr. Maham able to find research opportunities? She was deliberate and transparent with her research program coordinators about wanting to get into Radiology residency. She was determined, focused on her goals and would not settle for any other field. She built connections and strengthened her network through demonstrable seriousness about the field. Eventually she was able to land a Radiology residency position at her top ranked institution in NYC. These are her tips for applying into Radiology residency: Ask yourself whether you like the field enough to practice it for the rest of your life. Look at the official statistics released by organizations such as the NRMP and ensure that your step scores (above 245 for Radiology), number and quality of LORs, and research items correspond with those of the successful candidates in the years prior. Ensure that you analyze the structure of the Radiology residency: Take into account that it is advanced, meaning that it starts at the PGY2 level, and the candidate is expected to find their own intern year. Dr. Maham herself completed her intern year in Internal Medicine, applied with 3 LORs. She then applied into Radiology with 4 Radiology LORs and 1 Internal Medicine LOR. Your personal statement is the one document that is 100% in your control - make it count! How can we maneuver the challenges we face as IMGs? Your step score is just one important part of the application. There are other parts that you can work on to compensate for it. Commit fully to the dream and put in the necessary work, time and effort investments to achieve it. Don’t listen to everybody’s opinion–take the time to form your own ideas. You can reach out to Dr. Maham via email [email protected] and her Instagram @maham_s_rana. You can also listen to the full episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts & Spotify. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
9/18/202233 minutes, 17 seconds
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102. From IMG to Program Director? Critical Care Specialist Dr. Amira Mohamed reveals how she did it! (IMG Roadmap Series #97)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Have you ever wondered what exactly program directors are looking for when reviewing residency applications from IMGs? Do you also one day see yourself as a program director? Dr. Amira Mohamed is here today to share some valuable insight. Keep listening to learn more about her fascinating journey! After finishing medical school in Khartoum, Sudan where she was born and raised, Dr. Mohamed made the bold decision to start pursuing medical residency in the US. Here’s how she managed to navigate through the process and some of the highlights of her journey: Since she didn’t know the pathway, she took a year off and did a lot of her own research. During that year, she moved to the US and did a Step One prep course in Washington DC. She eventually landed a job as a medical assistant for a gastroenterologist at Howard University hospital, while studying for exams. Finally, she scored a 3 year internal medicine residency, then a 2 year critical care fellowship. She was an attending physician for a few years, before transitioning into being an associate program director and then a program director. Right now she works in the Bronx, New York at the Montefiore Medical Center which is a part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. There, she serves as a critical care medicine fellowship program director. Dr. Mohamed also works with the residency program of her institution as part of the clinical competency committee and at the adjoint medical school as a teacher. Therefore, while she primarily works with fellows, she also works with residents and students. As a program director, here is some of the advice that Dr. Mohamed has for IMGs: Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who knows you and can highlight your good qualities. These letters should also be geared towards your intended specialty. Speak to people who have been down your intended path and heed their relevant advice to make your journey easier. If you can, avoid applying to multiple specialties - if you have to, ensure that you show priority to the specialty you’re most passionate about. Apply on time--if you have to be late, send an email explaining the situation. Take the time to plan your interview cycle carefully—place the programs that you are most interested in, last. That way you can overcome any early interview jitters with lower stakes. Be careful about the questions you ask. Ensure that your questions demonstrate your interest in the field and willingness to commit. Know your audience! Have a post-residency plan – what educational, research and other CV building opportunities does your residency have that you can take advantage of? Networking is key! Go up to the people you admire and ask them how they did it! As a program director she loves when candidates show initiative and go the extra mile. Don’t hesitate to reach out to programs to show your interest! If you have any further questions, you can reach out to Dr. Mohamed via twitter @amiramohamedmd. Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
9/11/202239 minutes, 37 seconds
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101. How Today's Women Can Excel in Their Personal and Professional Lives - An Interview With Tami Adeleke (@takeoffwithtami)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMGRoadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Quick pause: If you are an international medical student or graduate seeking to start residency in any of the 135 specialties in the USA next June, then this is for you! You don't want to regret missing out on this HUGE opportunity! Join the waitlist to be considered for the next round of the IMG roadmap course. The only course that helps you become a more competitive applicant for residency. Seats are limited. Sign up here to be considered! ***** Oftentimes, people wonder how some are able to maintain a full-time job as well as manage other successful businesses. Do you have to possess some supernatural powers? Though this may seem like a daunting feat, in this interview with business analyst and branding specialist Tami Adeleke (@takeoffwithtami), I discuss some strategies to achieve success in your professional and personal lives simultaneously as an IMG! There is a seven step approach on the IMG Roadmap six week program, however, since this is not a one-size-fits-all, in order to benefit from the program, students are recommended to seek individualized coaching which is tailor-made to address specific needs.  To date, 300 students have benefitted from this IMG Roadmap program. Here are some of the major roadblocks that IMG’s face: The immigration process for non-immigrants in obtaining citizenship in the US Academic roadblocks and competing with US graduates Language barriers for those with first languages other than English Various socioeconomic challenges. Before visiting the coach, the following should be considered: What are my goals, where do I have a deficiency and need the most help with How do I maximize my time, what do I need to accomplish during this session What solution can be implemented to resolve the problem? The key to success in maintaining a balance between one's professional and personal life is to: Delegate! Delegate! Delegate!  “Take ownership for what you don’t know and seek help on what you need to know!” Schedule and make the best of each waking hour. Seek guidance and express gratitude to God. Here are some of the reasons people may not succeed in their professional lives: Personal, social and sometimes financial factors The internal fear of success and the unwillingness to take risks Failure to realize that the onus is on you to make the investment in your personal development! Reach out to find out more information on the interviewer @takeoffwithtami! You can also listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts. --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/30/202255 minutes, 32 seconds
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100. IMG Roadmap Match Party -- Celebrating the Medical Success Stories of Our Students!

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Quick pause: If you are an international medical student or graduate seeking to start residency in any of the 135 specialties in the USA next June, then this is for you! You don't want to regret missing out on this HUGE opportunity! Join the waitlist to be considered for the next round of the IMG roadmap course. The only course that helps you become a more competitive applicant for residency. Seats are limited. Sign up here to be considered! ***** As an IMG, matching successfully into the residency position of your dreams is truly a momentous occasion! In this our 100th episode, we celebrate the victories of the students of our latest cohort of the IMG Roadmap Course. Keep listening to find out more about their stories! Here are the highlights of what some of our students shared: Dr. Stacy outlined her path as follows: the last time she applied for the match, she did not have her step results. during her gap year, she worked as a scribe for neurologist at Yale. enrolled in the IMG Roadmap course along with the other free courses available on drninalum.com/courses and considers them life changing. she matched into Pediatrics at Texas Tech University in El Paso. Similarly, 12 years post-grad Dr. Ronke had her fair share of challenges. She: underwent surgery, which caused her to postpone her taking of the CK exam. followed the IMG Roadmap Course from her hospital bed and was inspired to continue pursuing her dream. applied to ten programs, four of which promised interviews as soon as she got her CK results. wrote customized personal statements for each program. completed a Master’s in Public Health and had US clinical experience. had one interview in October and matched at an institute in California. Dr. Obi’s story was shared as follows: This is her third application season. She started in 2017, moved to the US, where she then took step one CK and CS exams. Applied for the 2020 match, where she scored one interview for IM that didn’t go well. Tried again in 2021, had no interviews, but then tried to improve application. Did not pass step 3 the first time. Tried to SOAP using her Master’s in Public Health to bolster her application. After not matching in 2021, she stopped being mentally defined by “red flags”. How could she paint her experiences in a positive way? Eventually, she matched after embracing her weaknesses and making them her strengths! Dr. Caroline who matched into Anesthesia at the Mayo Clinic in Florida: Was worried because she didn’t know of any IMG’s from her school who had matched into that specialty. Decided to register into the IMG Roadmap course. Scored interviews from Yale and other prestigious programs through networking, attending conferences and sending emails! Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/23/20221 hour, 10 minutes, 12 seconds
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99. IMG Roadmap Series #96: Dr. Enaka Yembe (Family Medicine)

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Quick pause: If you are an international medical student or graduate seeking to start residency in any of the 135 specialties in the USA next June, then this is for you! You don't want to regret missing out on this HUGE opportunity! Join the waitlist to be considered for the next round of the IMG roadmap course. The only course that helps you become a more competitive applicant for residency. Seats are limited. Sign up here to be considered! ***** Have you ever wondered what exactly program directors are looking for from your residency application?  Our guest for this episode Dr. Enaka Yembe, in an interview we conducted some time ago, is here to provide you with all the practical tips you can employ to make your application stand out. Having both been through the application process herself and also having served as a faculty member, she offers a unique perspective to IMG’s like you! Board certified in the field of family medicine, Cameroonian-born Dr. Enaka Yembe completed a Bachelor (Honors) Degree in Biochemistry in Nigeria and medical school in The University of Milan, Italy. She did an internship in Transitional Medicine in Howard University Hospital in Washington DC and then her Family Medicine Residency training at LSU Conway Hospital in Monroe, Louisiana and was nominated Resident of the Year in 2005. Here is some of the advice she offers for the residency application and interview process: Focus on your strengths and use them to show that you are a capable candidate.  Try not to come across as if you are asking for help or begging for a position. Be confident! Don’t overthink the process, but be very deliberate. Know your CV! Be prepared to answer any possible questions. Do research on the program you’re interviewing into, in order to anticipate what kinds of questions they may ask. If you don’t know the answer, don’t be afraid to admit it. Offer to get back to the interviewer when you find the correct response. Your personal statement should be a brief biography, where mentioning relevant clinical experience in the US is an asset. Do not include too many personal stories and anecdotes. The personal statement should be concise. Review your personal statement professionally for grammar and spelling errors. For your residency, consider rural areas. They can offer you opportunities that may not be available in more urban ones. Finally, here are some inspirational tidbits to guide you along your journey: Do not be discouraged. Anything can be accomplished with persistence. Do not give yourself a plan B, focus on your goal and do the work to achieve it. Be committed to preparing for the USMLE exam. Make the investment in time and resources. Focus also on test-taking strategies. You can reach out to Dr. Yembe on her website, facebook and instagram. Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/16/202227 minutes, 3 seconds
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98. IMG Roadmap Series #95: Dr. Amilyn Worlobah (Family Medicine).

Want to stay inspired with content tailored specifically to IMG’s looking to create their medical success story? Sign up for the IMG Roadmap Newsletter so you never miss a beat! ***** Quick pause: If you are an international medical student or graduate seeking to start residency in any of the 135 specialties in the USA next June, then this is for you! You don't want to regret missing out on this HUGE opportunity! Join the waitlist to be considered for the next round of the IMG roadmap course. The only course that helps you become a more competitive applicant for residency. Seats are limited. Sign up here to be considered! ***** Today we have a bit of a blast from the past with Dr. Amilyn Worlobah who we interviewed in 2019. Stay tuned to hear all about her fascinating story! At the time, she was an intern in a family medicine program in Arkansas, all excited about her future. She attended the Ross University which used to be on the island of Dominica, but is now situated in Barbados after a major hurricane in 2017. Here are some of the highlights of her journey: Dr. Worlobah started medical school in January of  2013, completed her clinical rotations in the US, took her board exams in her 3rd year and then Step 2 in her fourth year. She also shares how she prepared for her USMLE exams: She took a comp exam, aimed at preparing her for the exam, used the online resource Decker for past questions and textbooks, used UWorld question banks and Master the Boards texts as well. Unfortunately, she failed the exam the first time, but was successful the second time around. She advises the following about the application process: Ensure that you have a winning personal statement as early in the process as possible. Use Google and Match A Resident to filter out programs that won’t take IMG’s. Capitalize on your CV–ensure that you mention all of your relevant experience. Networking is key throughout the process. Dr. Worlobah also speaks highly of her time as a medical scribe and encourages IMG’s to consider this option instead of being idle during the application process. Her mantra is as follows: Never give up. Don’t get in your head or be negative about your experiences. Always turn whatever negatives you encounter into learning experiences. You can’t spell testimony without “test!” Listen to the full episode on Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts! --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
4/9/202224 minutes, 21 seconds
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52. IMG Roadmap Series #67: Dr. George Tabi, Family and Sports Medicine

Serving as a family medicine physician with a sports medicine specialty, and as a successful entrepreneur, Cameroonian-American Dr. George Tabi proves that IMGs can do it all! Born and raised in New York City to Cameroonian parents, Dr. Tabi grew up seeing the challenges that the people in his area faced. After his father moved back to Cameroon because of work, he witnessed his mother working hard to support their family which eventually led her to become a nurse. While he was always encouraged to become a doctor, Dr. Tabi had a keen interest in sports which led to his obtaining a basketball scholarship to attend Reinhardt University. After sustaining a leg injury, Dr. Tabi’s focus pivoted into medicine and eventually to Poland where he enrolled in a six year medical program. He noted that while there were drawbacks to studying outside of the US, the training he received in Europe was highly beneficial, especially due to the fact that his professors were highly passionate  practicing physicians with lots of clinical experience. Additionally, the assessment methods used there were sometimes oral-based and overall very different from the methods he was used to in the US. As a result, during residency, his perspective and approach to issues faced within the medical field differed significantly from that of his US-trained colleagues. In the final year of his medical program, Dr. Tabi started applying for US residencies all over the country and scored 15 interviews. However, he only ended up attending 3 of them because the third offered him a pre-match residency position on the spot! When asked how he did it, he admitted that he did not go into that interview with the best of mindsets at first, but pulled it together keeping the following tips in mind: Go into every interview like it’s your last Always exude positive energy Be honest and authentic, don’t over exaggerate who you are Be punctual, serious and respectful Some key takeaways and inspirational nuggets that Dr. Tabi leaves us with are: Fall in love with being wrong while you have the luxury of not being held accountable: don’t be afraid to appear to not be the smartest in the class, students are meant to learn, not to know it all. Collaborate and grow with your classmates instead of only debating and competing: the people who are your colleagues now will be your fellow doctors later. We do better together! Do not put yourself in a box and always be true to who you are. IMGs can be successful doctors and entrepreneurs or whatever they strive to be. You can get in touch with Dr. Tabi on his Instagram @AskTabs and on his website asktabswellness.com. Listen to the full podcast episode here: Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-img-roadmap/id1490731292 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/45NNJ7ewtqynqyssbwm1xz Google Podcasts:https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy9mOGMzY2EwL3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Overcast: https://overcast.fm/itunes1490731292/the-img-roadmap-podcast RadioPublic: https://radiopublic.com/the-img-roadmap-GE0MMg --- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ninalum/support
2/27/202136 minutes, 9 seconds