As physicians migrate around the world in pursuit of training and practice opportunities, host nations must protect their public by evaluating the a physicians training and readiness to practice their specialty. In the United States, this regulatory activity has at times focused on the quality of international medical schools and the credentials, knowledge, and clinical skills of individual physicians. For the past 60 years, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has exercised a regulatory role that includes verifying the credentials of international medical graduates (IMGs) and evaluating their medical knowledge and clinical skills before certifying them to enter U.S. graduate medical education programs. The large number of IMGs practicing in the United States (about one-fourth of the total number of physicians) and their accomplishments speak both to the inherently high quality of IMG physicians and to the ECFMG’s success in screening IMG physicians to ensure they are prepared to enter residency training and practice in the United States. This presentation examines recent data about IMGs in psychiatry and their contirbutions to American medicine and discusses opportunities for IMGs to pursue programs in education and research.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Describe accreditation and credentialing requirements for entry of international medical graduates (IMGs) into U.S. graduate medical education
- Examine the importance of standardized credentialing across medical training programs worldwide
- Discuss the role and importance of international medical graduate (IMG) psychiatrists in the U.S. health care system
Estimated Time to Complete
Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
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The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Linda Drozdowicz, M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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