Breadcrumb Home Departments Family Medicine International Medical Graduate Program An Innovative Approach Mobilizing the IMG International Medical Graduate Program Mobilizing the IMG Sub-navigation Sub-navigation An Innovative Approach Mobilizing the IMG Tailored for California's Growing Hispanic Population Competency-Based Pre-Residency Training: The IMG Model A Contractual Commitment to Serve Bilingual/Bicultural Proof of Concept Legislative Support What is an IMG? International medical graduates as a percentage of the physician workforce, California, 2009. International medical graduates (IMGs) are physicians who have graduated from medical schools outside the United States. They already make up a substantial portion of both the national and California physician workforce. The IMG potential for an increasingly diverse California IMGs who are from Latin American countries have a unique combination of language abilities and cultural backgrounds that are much in demand, especially in California’s rural and inner-urban communities. Getting them licensed to practice medicine in California can grow the number of desperately-needed bicultural, Spanish-speaking physicians for the state’s medically-underserved population. First in the nation The UCLA IMG Program is the first in the nation to provide a structured curricular and clinical environment for IMGs to prepare for the multi-part U.S. Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE), and to compete successfully for a position in a California Family Medicine residency program.