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What do you really think?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Devdas, Aug 17, 2001.

  1. Devdas

    Devdas Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Yankee Town
    American Medical Graduates work along with International Medical Graduates in their Residency training.Forget about Graduates from Britain,Australia or USIMGs.They are not necessarily treated as IMGs.
    I am talking about International Medical Graduates from Asia,Eastern Europe,MiddleEast etc.
    What do you really think about them?

    Do AMGs mix with IMGs?
    How common is IMG dating an AMG?
    Is there an Iron curtain?
    If it is there....WHY? :confused:
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  3. Farrakh

    Farrakh Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 31, 2001
    New Jersey
    Do IMG's and AMG's mix? What exactly do you think IMG's are? Non-human? A life form that must be approached cautiously and with hesitation because the bite of an IMG is more dangerous than that of other foreign creatures?

    I'd like to ask you this: have you been able to 'mix' with everyone that you ever had contact with throughout your education in medical school and the hospitals you've worked in? How would an IMG be any different?
  4. Devdas

    Devdas Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Yankee Town
    You have posted my question again in a different form.We both are looking for an answer. :D
  5. Djanaba

    Djanaba Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 4, 2000
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have found little difference in working with AMGs, IMGs, and etc. The only hardship and difference in treatment comes when mastery of the English language isn't there, especially when it comes to giving clear presentations. If you can't understand your colleague, it is difficult to manage patients, understand concerns, and work with that individual. However, I think this gets better over time, and most folks end up generally on par with each other after a while.

    I don't see much inter-resident dating of any type around here, so I can't say much in that regard...
  6. Devil's Advocate

    Devil's Advocate Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2001
    Seems to me that IMGs are treated somewhat differently, especially the ones from India and China. They seem to keep to themselves and dont really want to interact with other residents unless they are also Indian or Chinese. I know the main problem is the language barrier. Outside of the language problem, they dont really seem to take much interest in forming bonds with other residents. They rarely ever show up to the social gatherings. And to be honest, most american grads dont really care to make bonds with them either. You can usually find plenty of IMGs in Internal Medicine, Psych, and Pathology. And because these programs are filled with so many IMGs, american grads seem to look down somwhat on them. There definitely seems to be a lack of respect. This problem can easily be mended by the IMGs taking a more active part in trying to fit in a little bit more. These are just my observations... take them or leave them.
  7. Devdas

    Devdas Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2001
    Yankee Town
    I completely agree with D.advocate's observations.

    Yes,Indian MDs socialise only within their groups.They do have lot of inhibitions.Chinese are more closed up than Asians.I have seen many senior Physicians who are living in the US for many years have not changed their attitude of not blendig with the mainstream America.There are even groups amoung themselves.
    This attitude should change.

    I would say that East Asians English are much better than Eastern Europeans and Russians.They just need accent reduction.

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