Cultural Competency and Education

Cultural Competency and Education

Cultural Competency and Education Gaining an appreciation for the cultural and socioeconomic underpinnings of the US healthcare system are of critical importance to the practice of fair and just medicine in the 21st century. FMGs are often overwhelmed and unprepared for the sheer diversity of US patient populations, and the makeup of these demographics has a profound impact on medical training and healthcare delivery. Indeed, the landscape of the American healthcare system is continually changing,…

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Standards & Expectations 

Standards & Expectations 

Standards & Expectations  For IMGs, many of which are not native English speakers, there is already a gap between them and a US patient. While there has been an increasing growth of minorities in the United States, in addition to normal medical cultural competency, it is import for foreign IMGs to consider the American standards and expectations of medical professionals. IMGs need to become accustomed to understanding that America, for a country founded and largely…

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TOEFL

TOEFL

TOEFL Some hospitals and institutions throughout the United States require IMGs to pass the TOEFL exam, or Test Of English as a Foreign Language. This test’s scores are designed to evaluate a non-native speaker’s ability to use and understand the English language as it is used in North America. Most people taking this test plan to continue their education in the United States, where courses are taught in English. There are two versions of the…

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Insurance & Healthcare Info

Insurance & Healthcare Info

Insurance Another important thing for IMGs to remember is that US doctors are required to be insured with either malpractice or liability insurance. This protects a physician from potential lawsuits from patients. Liability insurance is usually applied to medical students, and Malpractice would be applied to a practicing doctor.  This is not health insurance, which would be applied to the costs of medical services for any potential health problems a student or doctor may incur….

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GAP YEAR

GAP YEAR

“GAP YEAR” A trend that has been emerging since the late 1990’s is what is known as “Gap Year.” Gap year is traditionally a one year period that a medical student will take off in between their last year of medical school and the first year of residency. In previous years this had been discouraged, as many felt it was detrimental to the student to take a break from learning; however, this manner of thought…

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Physician Scarcity

Physician Scarcity

Physician Scarcity in the US Over the past few years, the United States has received significant press over the lack of primary care physicians, which has caused wait times for medical services to skyrocket. This combined with the added residency programs throughout the country have left an open opportunity that many IMGS have taken advantage of. What has often been passed over is the growing need for specialists. Within a few years, a large amount…

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Steps for ECFMG Registration

Steps for ECFMG Registration

How to Apply for ECFMG Certification: Steps for ECFMG Registration If you are an international medical graduate or a foreign medical graduate and planning to apply for USA residency, you’ll have to participate on the USMLE exam. In this article, we are going to provide guideline for the whole process. In order to apply for USMLE, you have to register with ECFMG. To register with ECFMG, you have to follow some steps. First of all…

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ECFMG Explained

ECFMG Explained

ECFMG is an acronym, which stands for Educational Commission for Foreign medical graduates. It is a certification, which assesses all International Medical Graduates (IMG) whether or not they are ready to enter any residency program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), upon completion of which they shall be working as a licensed medical doctor in the United States. ECFMG certification is also a prerequisite for International Medical Graduates (IMG) to appear…

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ERAS Timeline and Fees

ERAS Timeline and Fees

Timeline and Fees  2018 JUNE Start researching programs of interest. You can go to the ACGME website for program information or conduct an Internet search of training institutions and ERAS participating specialties and programs. Review the eligibility requirements for participating in ERAS, the NRMP Match, and for U.S. state medical licensure. JUNE 21 Residency Tokens are expected to become available. Obtain your ERAS Token in the ERAS Support Services section of ECFMG’s OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app. Register with your Token at…

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USMLE

USMLE

USMLE’s Once you have registered for the ECFMG, you can register for your USMLEs. The USMLEs are comprised of four parts, Step 1, Step 2 CK (clinical knowledge), Step 2 CS (clinical skills), and Step 3. These tests will allow you to practice medicine in the United States, as well as help to shape your future as a Resident. Once you complete all parts, you will be ECFMG certified, and can apply to the National…

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