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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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Karl Kapp is a Professor at Bloomberg University and author of several books about gamification and game thinking. Karl received a Doctorate of Education in the Instructional Design program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a frequent speaker and business consultant, helping organizations to implement learning strategies through technolog…
 
Discover test-taking tips, test-prep strategies, how to increase motivation, and more! Chase DiMarco finishes up this 7-part mini-series with test-taking tips, test-prep strategies, how to increase motivation, and much more. We all struggle with these topics at some point in our academic careers. However, knowing how to notice when things are going…
 
Have you always dreamed about specializing in pediatrics but you are not sure what steps to take to achieve this goal? Dr. Devanshi Shah joins us today to share her medical success story from medical school to serving as a PGY1 pediatrics resident at Maimonides Medical Center, New York. Keep listening to find out how she did it! Indian-born Dr. Sha…
 
Dr. Eric Gantwerker is the medical director of Level Ex games which include CardioEx, PulmEx, AirwayEx, and GastroEx. Gaming is a great way to inspire attention and active learning in medicine but also one we rarely use in education. Today’s episode will cover some of the psychology and research behind game design in medical learning. Intro 2:55 Ga…
 
Chase DiMarco shares his presentation about FindARotation at InnovatorMD’s World Congress 2021. This annual convention is the largest conference where physicians and entrepreneurs connect and offer their ideas on how to change healthcare for the better. Chase talks about why he built FindARotation and how it will change medical education for both s…
 
This episode puts the spotlight on some of our IMG guests who serve in a surgeon capacity at their respective hospitals, namely Dr. Stanley Ogu, Dr. Amara Okoye, Dr. Ash Soni and Dr. Brett Johnson. Dr. Stanley Ogu DR. STANLEY OGU is a Nigerian born, international medical graduate turned board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Houston,…
 
Chase DiMarco talks to Camille Roney, an academic coach and teacher at Non-Trad Accelerator for non-traditional students. Camille shares how she raised her GPA from 2.3 to 4.10, practical study tips to increase your productivity, and the power of positive thinking. [01:01] What is a Non-Traditional Student [02:40] How to Raise your GPA from 2.3 to …
 
This episode is based on a webinar which was held to help intentional, hard-working, self-starting IMGs to write personal statements that yield results. Keep listening to find out how to use your personal statement to make your ERAS application stand out! Here are a few of the most important tips worth using when drafting your personal statement: I…
 
Chase DiMarco talks to Sam Kavanaugh, winner of the 29th Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. They discuss memory techniques, the similarities between preparing for Jeopardy! and studying medicine, and effective flashcard learning strategies. [01:28] Getting to Know Sam Kavanaugh [04:40] Bulking up for Jeopardy! [08:20] Weaving Together Common Thread…
 
How can you as an IMG overcome your inevitable challenges and land residency in a specialty as competitive as internal medicine? Pakistani-born Dr. Fareeha Nasir approached the residency application process with determination and confidence, which ultimately led to her gaining success. Keep listening to find out her advice to help you do the same! …
 
In this final installment of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about self-care, rest, and growth. He dissects the benefits of self-care, why you need to stop procrastinating, and the relationship between rest and growth. [02:25] Rest and Recuperation [04:34] Self-care in Medicine [07:19] Why Procrastination is a Form of Self Hate …
 
Are you curious as to how you can combine your Family Medicine residency with your other passions? Family Medicine attending Dr. Esther Nkem Ufot who also specializes in Obesity and Lifestyle Medicine is here to show you that it is possible! Currently serving in Atlanta, Dr. Ufot attended medical school at the University of Benin, Nigeria, where sh…
 
In part five of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about board exam success. He dissects the test-taking technique table and breaks down several test answering strategies such as the tie-breaker technique, the post-exam autopsy, and the error monitoring chart. [04:35] Test-Taking Technique Table [04:47] Basic Technique [07:17] The …
 
Calling in from Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Chase DiMarco joins us today to talk about his new platform called FindARotation. As an IMG himself, Dr. DiMarco experienced the struggle that many students face when trying to find clinical rotations in the United States. He knows first hand the hassle of contacting physicians personally, reaching out to prog…
 
In this fourth installment of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about self-assessment and exam growth. He talks about studying using the production effect, the benefits of physician mentorship, and post-lecture and post-exam study sessions. [01:40] Post Lecture and Post Exam Study Sessions [07:23] Studying Using the production Eff…
 
Making the decision to pursue residency in the United States can indeed seem daunting and challenging, especially if you are not used to the US medical and educational system. Though it is true that it takes quite a bit of adjusting, IMGs like Dr. Isabelle Mulango are here to tell you that it is possible! Dr. Mulango was born in Cameroon and comple…
 
In this third episode of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about preparation and studying. He dissects the actual methods and techniques you can use when creating the optimal study space, study technique, and study habits. [01:50] How to Ergonomically Optimize your Study Space [03:40] How to Focus on Studying Without Getting Distr…
 
Can an IMG have a competitive enough application to land a surgery-based residency? The short answer is yes - but not without hard work and determination! Coming to share his story of persistence, grit and consistent effort, PGY2 general surgery resident Dr. Brett Johnson joins us on this episode hoping to inspire IMGs all over the world. These are…
 
In this second episode of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco shares study techniques that can help you learn more effectively. He discusses how including play in studying increases learning and motivation. [02:14] Setting Goals and Making Plans [05:19] Interleaving [06:58] Concrete Examples [08:31] Dual Coding [09:25] Spaced Repetition […
 
Can IMGs without any connections or clinical experience in the United States still land the residency position of their dreams? Dr. Sherley Chhibber joins us today to show how she achieved the impossible and cemented her opportunity as an incoming PGY-1 in Internal Medicine at the Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia. Dr. Chhibber, while c…
 
In this first episode of the MedEdge Method mini-series, Chase DiMarco talks about finding high yield study resources. He shares a helpful process for how medical students can choose learning materials that best suit their needs. [01:16] What is the Best Resource to Use? [03:43] Set Your Learning Goals [06:18] Awareness of Attention Span [10:16] Fi…
 
Have you been convinced that anesthesiology is too competitive for IMGs to get into? Incoming anesthesiology resident Dr. Cynthia Tan joins us on this episode to share her amazing story of overcoming self-doubt and pursuing her dreams, despite the many challenges she faced. Keep listening to find out how you can do the same! Malaysian-born Dr. Tan,…
 
At one point or another we all experience unforeseen circumstances which may lead to delays or changes throughout our journeys; but what matters is how we overcome these obstacles and use them to propel us. In this episode, soon to be Internal Medicine Resident Dr. Mishaal Zia shows us how she used her delays and challenges to her advantage and suc…
 
ATOM BOMB: The Memory Palace is the sixth episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco talks about mind palaces and how to create one for your medical studies. By combining all of the previously learned mnemonics into a memory palace, you can recall dense chunks of information with more ease. [01:27] What is a memory…
 
What can non-traditional IMGs do to turn the aspects that make their journey unique into their biggest assets when trying to match into residency? Newly matched Psychiatry resident Dr. Maureen Karina is here to answer your burning questions and inspire you to persist despite the odds you face! Dr. Karina enrolled into the American University of Ant…
 
The Story Method is the fifth episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco talks about the journey method's basic structure and the different applications of the technique. The story method ties in all the previously learned mnemonics into a memorable sequence. [02:28] The Journey Method [05:24] Using the Story Metho…
 
Has self-doubt ever caused you to procrastinate when trying to achieve your dream? In this episode, Internal Medicine Resident Dr. Ariela Baur shares her inspiring story of ambition, resilience and discipline as she silenced her self-doubt in order to attain success. German-born Dr. Baur attended medical school at Semmelweis University in Budapest,…
 
Advanced Mnemonics Creation is the fourth episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco talks about the PAO method and the use of anchor and linking visual markers. These memory devices can be used on their own; but when used together, the combined techniques provide the best results. [02:02] The PAO Method [08:05] Ho…
 
In our world of today, many marginalized communities face systemic injustices when seeking medical care, which leads to disproportionate rates of chronic illness and even death. OBGYN resident Dr. Nina Snowden, after having felt the brunt of these disparities herself, has dedicated her life to making a difference no matter how small. Keep listening…
 
Creative Study Tactics with Mind Maps is the third episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco talks about mind maps and how its structure and visual elements improve long term retention. [01:13] What is a mind map? [03:47] Example of a mind map [06:18] Color-coded categories [09:49] Visual markers for improved reca…
 
Have your challenges and bad experiences ever made you feel like giving up? Dr. Foluwakemi Olufehinti's story will give you all of the inspiration you need to persist in the face of adversity until you achieve your goals! Nigerian-born Non-US IMG Dr. Olufehinti completed her medical education at Ross University, which was then situated on the Carib…
 
Chase DiMarco explores the Peg Memory System for medical education and discusses how to use visual markers to memorize important numbers. [01:37] The origins of the Peg Memory System [02:18] Why you should use the Peg Memory System [03:33] Creating your own Peg System [04:57] How to create visual associations with numbers [07:02] Homework exercise …
 
Is emergency medicine your passion but you are scared that as an IMG your chances of matching are significantly lower? In our ever-changing world, outstanding IMGs like Dr. Ololade Akinfemiwa keep breaking the barriers, challenging the status quo and living their dreams as physicians in the United States. Keep listening to find out more about this …
 
Start Creating Your Own Visual Mnemonics is the first episode in a miniseries on medical mnemonics. In this episode, Chase DiMarco covers the value of visual markers in mnemonics and memory tactics in general. [01:06] What are visual markers? [02:25] Why you should use visual markers [05:50] How to use visual markers [07:09] What not to do [08:38] …
 
Did you attend a Caribbean Medical school and you are interested in matching into a residency in Family Medicine in the US? Keep listening to find out how US-IMG Dr. Jessica Udeogu navigated this process and came out successful despite the COVID-19 pandemic! Dr. Jessica Udeogu was born in Texas, but went to St. James School of Medicine in the Carib…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about one of the most ignored yet crucial topics in medicine: mental health. He explains why physicians and medical students struggle with mental health, the rise in suicide rates in medicine, and the benefits of having a social network. [00:50] Mental Health in the Medical World [02:50] The Neuroscience Aspect of Mental Health …
 
Is the field of obstetrics and gynecology too competitive for IMGs? Absolutely not! Dr. Ranae Hedman proves that with the right approach towards your residency application, and life in general, nothing is off limits. Keep listening to find out more about her fascinating story especially when it comes to preliminary vs categorical residency position…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about The Power of Atomic Habits, a concept borrowed from two best-selling books, The Power of Habit and Atomic Habits. He dissects how mentality affects habits, the importance of rewarding successful habit adoption, and developing habit-creating skills. [01:50] The Power of Atomic Habits [06:37] Willpower and Keystone Habits [1…
 
Are you interested in matching into Neurology but you're not sure what you should do to optimize your journey? Keep listening to find out about Dr. Darshana Vijaywargiya who defied the odds and landed a Neurology residency position at her first choice of program at SUNY Upstate Medical center! Indian born Dr. Darshana graduated from medical school …
 
Chase DiMarco shares tips for practicing an evidence-based study technique called interleaving, which can be difficult to apply. 01:28] Interleaving Topics [03:36] Interleaving Materials [04:33] Choosing Study Resources [06:52] Filtering Question Banks [08:19] Stress + Rest = Growth [10:57] Recency Bias [12:14] Repeating the Same Question Bank Comm…
 
How are IMGs navigating through the residency application process during COVID-19? Despite the constraints that this global phenomenon has presented, is there a possibility for you to use it to your advantage? Slated to start her Emergency Medicine Residency in June of 2021 at the University of California Davis Medical Center, Slovenian doctor Lara…
 
Chase DiMarco talks about the science of successful learning and debunks the most common myths we have around it. He shares better learning strategies and insights from “Make It Stick”. [01:48] The Illusion of Knowing [03:09] Interleaving Practice [04:53] Easier isn’t Better [08:13] The Dunning-Kruger Effect [11:58] Apply Different Learning Styles …
 
Chase DiMarco talks about how you can use deliberate practice to become an expert. This time around, he delves deeper into studies and examples from “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson (RIP). [02:02] Improvement Comes from Practice [04:07] Steps of Deliberate Practice [07:33] Inefficiencies in Medical Educati…
 
In this episode, I am joined by a group of IMGs from the MD FEME podcast. These established physicians share the innate challenges of being an IMG as well as personal challenges and how they overcome them. You will learn valuable tips on how to overcome your struggles both in the classroom and in the field. You will hear the stories of women who ha…
 
In this episode, I interview Dr. Priyana Tweet, a newly minted doctor and graduate from Ross University in Dominica. After her first residency interview, she found out about her failure on one of the USMLE examinations. She fought internally about how to handle this. She asked for help, worked hard, leveraged integrity and re-took the examination w…
 
Very recently a popular scrub apparel company posted an image of a female doctor of osteopathic medicine. This is not unusual but what was highlighted in the image is that the book was from the "For Dummies" series which breakdowns concepts for the simplest of readers. The book in question was upside down and was titled "Medical Terminology for Dum…
 
This IMG matched into Ophthalmology but she wants you to know she is not special! As a graduate of a Caribbean medical school, she knew what the blogs say about her odds of matching into a competitive surgical specialty. But … she accepted the challenge, and took action to build a success story for herself. In the process she gained a mentor withou…
 
In this episode educator and USMLE guru Dr. Adeleke Adesina invites you to learn about how to combat the mistakes that IMGs make when it comes to test preparation. He also delves into his E.A.S.E study format which over the last 10 years has resulted in a 97% pass rate on USMLE for his students. You can find out more about his USMLE prep program by…
 
Have you ever wondered if you can take all the USMLE required tests within one year? If you think this is impossible, think again! Because … this IMG did just that! She is a non-US IMG from Nigeria who just completed internal medicine residency in the North Eastern United States. Besides taking all her exams in a "timely manner", she still did not …
 
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