Paths to Residency and Professional Advancement

For international medical graduates seeking to advance their home-country health care careers, residency at a United States teaching hospital – and, perhaps, afterward, a specialty-focused fellowship – is both an invaluable experience and a powerful professional credential.

The distinguished affiliated and training hospitals of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) offer residency opportunities for international medical graduates. However, unless you are an exceptionally well qualified and experienced doctor, you first need to establish your qualifications and credentials here in America – primarily through either hospital research assignments or advanced degree programs.

Important note: International candidates who have completed their medical school courses and currently are participating in, or have completed, their internship as part of the school curriculum, are considered graduates in the U.S. and, therefore, are eligible for research scholarships, if they have passed Step 1 of the USMLE.

The Office of International Affairs has defined for you the pathways to residency and professional advancement, available through our affiliates and medical school, to build knowledge and gain valuable professional recommendations that will help you more speedily reach your goals.

By clicking on the specific programs below, or in the list to the left, you will find all the information you need to begin your journey.


Research Scholarships Residency Programs Fellowship Programs


Clinical Observerships