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Acad Med. 2005 Oct;80(10 Suppl):S42-5.

Specialty board certification among U.S. citizen and non-U.S. citizen graduates of international medical schools.

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  • 1Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, 3624 Market Street, Fourth Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. jnorcini@faimer.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Graduates of international medical schools (IMGs) make up approximately one-quarter of the physician population and play a key role in the provision of health care in the United States. This study investigated whether they differ from U.S. medical graduates (USMGs) in specialty board certification.

METHOD:

The study compared USMGs, U.S. citizen IMGs (USIMGs), and non-U.S. citizen IMGs (non-USIMGs) who graduated from medical school between 1958 and 1994 and were involved in direct patient care in 2003.

RESULTS:

There is variability among the specialties, but overall USMGs have the highest specialty certification rates followed by non-USIMGs, and USIMGs. Among recent medical school graduates, non-USIMGs have certification rates that are comparable to USMGs.

CONCLUSIONS:

IMGs have lower board-certification rates than USMGs, although a sizeable majority has achieved board certification in the specialty they practice. There are differences between non-USIMGs and USIMGs, with the former more likely to become board certified.

PMID:
16199456
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