• International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and the Types of IMGs
• Similarities and the Differences in the Education Systems Around the World
• Healthcare Systems Around the World
• The Life of International Medical Graduates in the United States: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
• The Triangle of Residency
• The Problems that an IMG Faces When Moving to The United States
• Cultural Barrier
• Nobody Knows You
• Confidence, Self-image, Self-esteem
• Restriction to Specific Fields
• Choosing a specialty just to get a job
• USMLE (United States medical licensing exam): A challenge ?
• The Relationship between country of origin and performance on the USMLE
• Unique Considerations of Certain Countries
• The Role of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in the United States Healthcare System
• The Role of Mentoring and Tutoring
• Medical Ethics and International Medical Graduates
• The Alternate Career Pathways For International Medical Graduates In Health & Wellness Sector
• California Institute of Behavioral Neurosciences and Psychology and Its Role in Helping International Medical Graduates
• Licensing Requirements by State and Territory for International Medical Graduates
• Sources of Support for IMGs
• Thinking Strategically: How “ACE” Helps IMG Trainees
• The United States Medical Licensing Examination
• The Residency Interview
• The Match Process and SOAP
• How COVID threatens IMGs Residency Training
• International Medical Graduates and their Specialties reviewed
• The Book First Aid and USMLE/Scholar-Rx: How They Have Been Instrumental in Serving International Medical Graduates?
• Visa Issues Faced by IMGs
• International Medical Graduates and The United States Clinical Residency Match: The Editors’ Perspective
Thousands of international medical graduates come to the United States to start their career as physicians. Many of them, however, are not aware of the challenges and problems that they may encounter along the way. These difficulties can range from the language and cultural barriers to a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Many students are also unaware of the other career options besides getting into a clinical residency program. As a result of these issues, a great number of foreign medical students remain unmatched into the National Resident Matching Program. Not matching can be devastating for these graduates, both financially and medically. Students often suffer from psychological effects like major depression and generalized anxiety disorder.
This book outlines the potential problems faced by these graduates and their possible solutions. Each chapter collects research evidence, interviews and surveys to gather information to work on each possible problem one by one and describes a solution in great detail. Comprised of thirty chapters, each chapter is broken down into smaller sub-sections to investigate the main theme in depth. Issues addressed include the different types of international medical graduates and their lives in the United States, differences in the education system and healthcare system, the triangle of residency, language and cultural barriers, lack of professional contacts, confidence, self-image and self-esteem issues, and restriction to specific fields and career paths.
Written by experts in the field, International Medical Graduates in the United States is a first of its kind text that addresses the biggest issues faced by foreign medical graduates in today's world.
• Addresses several of the biggest problems faced by foreign medical graduates coming to the United States
• Provides proper solutions for each problem that may arise
• Is a first of its kind book with chapter contributions from a variety of physicians, scientists and academic professionals