IMG Residency Preparation Program – BRIIDGE - Minnesota Dept. of Health

IMG Residency Preparation Program – BRIIDGE

Applications are now being accepted.


The University of Minnesota, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Health, will again offer a residency preparatory program for international medical graduates (IMGs). The faculty leads for this program are Drs. Hope Pogemiller, and Michael Westerhaus. This nine–month program will consist of inpatient and outpatient training opportunities as well as community and classroom based components to optimally prepare participants to match into and succeed in residency programs. Participants will be selected through a competitive application; and will be based on meeting the eligibility requirements as well as readiness for residency, personal initiative, ambitions, and motivations for desiring to complete residency, previous clinical experience, and future goals as a practicing professionals.

Application timeline

  • Applications due: May 6, 2022, 4:00 p.m.
  • Interview of candidates: mid–June (exact date & time TBD)
  • OSCE Simulation: July 15, 7:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Notification of selected participants: August 2022


  • An immigrant now residing permanantly in the US as a US citizen or permanent resident;
  • Did not enter the United States on a J1 or similar nonimmigrant visa following acceptance into a United States medical residency or fellowship program;
  • MD degree or international equivalent;
  • At least two years of documented Minnesota residency by January 1, 2023;
  • ECFMG Certification including passing score on USMLE Steps 1 & 2 within 3 attempts;
  • Emonstrated typing proficiency;
  • Personal health insurance coverage throughout the program period.

Application Materials

Interested applicants should submit ALL of the following by May 6th at 4:00 p.m. CST:

  • Written application
  • ECFMG Certification
  • USMLE transcripts for Step1&2 or email confirmation that MDH has the transcript from a prior application
  • Complete medical school transcript
  • Two letters of reference (from colleagues or those who can comment on your character
  • C.V. that includes all clinical experience and activities since medical school graduation

Applications will be considered incomplete if any of the above items are not received by May 6. Incomplete applications will not be considered for interviews.

Former applicants who submitted their USMLE transcripts in the past may contact Yende Anderson by email to receive an email confirmation that MDH has the transcript from a prior application.

Application materials should be submitted electronically to Yende Anderson, IMG Assistance Program Coordinator.

Additional points:

  • This program is very competitive. You may apply more than once.
  • Please note that if you are accepted into the 2022–2023 BRIIDGE program, and also apply for and then match for residency mid–March 2023, you will not be enrolled in the BRIIDGE program and your spot will be given to someone on the wait list.

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Updated Monday, 18-Apr-2022 14:52:36 CDT