Foreign Doctors

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Techmonkey, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Techmonkey

    Techmonkey Junior Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2006
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    Status:
    Resident [Any Field]
    Anyone know how well foreign doctors fare when coming to the US to work? Does the US recognise foreign qualifications i.e. MRCS/FRCS or does a consultant have to start from residency and take the USMLEs?
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Faebinder

    Faebinder Slow Wave Smurf
    10+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2006
    Messages:
    3,507
    Likes Received:
    10
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Gotta do residency... gotta take the USMLEs..
     
  4. f_w

    f_w 1K Member
    5+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2005
    Messages:
    2,900
    Likes Received:
    2
    Very well.

    The USA recognizes graduation from a medical school approved in your home country and recorded in the WHO directory of medical schools. Specialty certifications and residencies are typically not recognized.

    In rare cases, highly qualified foreign docs get hired for tenure track academic positions. In some states, these university employed docs don't have to pass USMLE and don't have to finish a residency. But again, rare exemption, 99% of foreign docs in the US had to go through residency and USMLE.
     
  5. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
    Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2000
    Messages:
    38,427
    Likes Received:
    26,461
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Just to update f_w's post:

    WHO no longer produces a list of medical schools world-wide. It is compiled, in a joint project with ECFMG, by IMED: http://www.faimer.org/resources/index.html#imed

    If your school is listed by IMED, then you are eligible for ECFMG certification on that basis (ie, there are a number of other requirements as well).

    Otherwise, he is correct: only a very few number of internationally recognized experts are allowed to practice medicine/research in the US without having completed their residency here. It would be best to assume one is not in that category and would have to repeat training if they wished to work in the US.
     

Share This Page