For international medical graduates, completing a rotation in America serves as a stepping stone for joining a United States residency program. Despite the recent political climate, the need for IMGs in the United States has become increasingly more prevalent.
Nearly 25 percent of all practicing physicians in the U.S. are international medical graduates. These physicians fill deepening voids in the medical field. Many foreign physicians specialize in internal medicine, a field with few U.S. medical graduates. Additionally, many foreign physicians work in rural and inner-city areas, which suffer from a severe shortage of physicians. The United States government provides an incentive by granting visas to those physicians willing to work in these underserved areas three years after residency.
But it’s the need for physicians to provide culturally sensitive care for the population of a changing nation that ultimately calls for more IMGs. By 2044, more than half of the U.S. population will be people of color. IMGs bring the cultural competency needed to care for an evolving population.
In the United States, the doors for IMGs are open, and opportunities are there. Fulfilling a rotation in America is the first step towards enriching a U.S. medical field in need of foreign physicians.
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