International Medical Graduates (IMGs) face a unique set of challenges when transitioning to the United States. From learning a new culture and language to navigating implicit biases, IMGs must be prepared to face a variety of obstacles. Roy, adjunct professor of psychiatry at Oregon Science University and chair of the AMA's International Medical Graduate Section (AMA-IMGS), recently provided insight into the challenges faced by those who trained internationally with the goal of practicing in the U. S.
When transitioning to a new country, IMGs must be aware of the cultural and linguistic differences that exist. This includes understanding accents, jargon, tone, body language, and other forms of nonverbal communication. Additionally, IMGs must be prepared to find their place in a new culture. It is important for IMGs to remember that there are more doctors willing to help them than there are cases where there are implicit biases and other challenges.
Roy's advice is to be prepared for any situation and to take advantage of any resources available. In addition, Roy recommends that IMGs take the time to learn about the U. healthcare system and its regulations. This includes understanding the differences between state and federal laws, as well as any licensing requirements that may be necessary.
Finally, Roy suggests that IMGs take advantage of any networking opportunities available. This includes attending conferences and joining professional organizations related to their field. By doing so, IMGs can build relationships with other professionals in their field and gain valuable insight into the U. healthcare system.