Wednesday, June 20, 2012
News for International Medical Graduates
IMGs host lively discussions and events at annual meeting
The AMA International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section held its 15th annual assembly meeting June 15–18, and attendees ratified 2012–13 officers of the section's governing council. New officers are:
- Vijaya Appareddy, MD, chair
- Padmini Ranasinghe, MD, chair-elect
- Sabesan Karuppiah, MD, AMA-IMG Section delegate
The section co-sponsored an education session titled "Negotiation and the gender divide: The power to get what you really want" June 16 with the AMA Minority Affairs Section, the AMA Women Physicians Congress and the AMA Young Physicians Section. Noted author Sara Laschever provided strategies and resources that help both women and men maximize their bargaining power.
That evening, a lively caucus featured Russell Robertson, MD, chair of the Council on Graduate Medical Education, and immigration attorney Kristen Harris. Later, the section held its sixth annual Desserts From Around the World, with more than 350 people enjoying desserts with an international flair. The Latin Street Dancers performed and engaged attendees with a salsa dance lesson to work off some of the tasty desserts.
The AMA-IMG Section meeting culminated June 18 with the Busharat Ahmad, MD, Leadership Development Program. Mayo Clinic's Renato Alarcon, MD, provided a presentation titled, "Challenges in leadership."
Plan to participate in November research symposium
Members of the AMA International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and awaiting residency can participate in a special research symposium Nov. 9–10.
Held in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Hawaii, the Joint Research Symposium gives future physicians an opportunity to present their original research. The symposium consists of poster and oral presentation competitions for medical students, residents, fellows and IMGs awaiting residency.
A total of 10 prizes will be awarded:
- Eight poster presentation categories
- One overall post presentation
- One oral presentation
The Joint Research Symposium is hosted annually by the AMA Medical Student Section and the AMA Resident and Fellow Section.
Watch for additional details in future issues of AMA Wire.