Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012
News for International Medical Graduates
Unique summit covers important issues for IMGs
Recruiting foreign physicians is one way the nation's health care system can help alleviate the physician shortage predicted to hit in the coming years, said Richard "Buz" Cooper, MD, one of the presenters during the AMA's International Medical Graduates (IMG) Summit held last month at AMA headquarters in Chicago.
Those comments by Dr. Cooper, a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, were part of a presentation about how international medical graduates can play an important role in U.S. health care as the physician shortage looms. Dr. Cooper was one of many speakers during the historic three-day summit, which took place Sept. 21–23 to celebrate the AMA IMG Section's 15th anniversary and chart the section's future course.
Topics covered throughout the summit included the physician workforce, the National Resident Matching Program, regulatory bodies, immigration law, global medical workforce migration, graduate medical education and quality of care, among others. The summit struck a unique balance between presenting data, ideology, immigration law and personal narratives to present the complex and compelling IMG experience, the future of American medicine and meeting the needs of our diverse patient populations.
Presentations from the summit, as well as a list of sponsors, are available online.
Next AMA-IMG Section meeting set for Nov. 9-12 in Hawaii
Attend this year's AMA IMG Section Interim Assembly Meeting, which will take place Nov. 9–12 in Honolulu. Log in and register online for the meeting, which will take place in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
The AMA-IMG Section meeting will include various events, including the AMA Research Symposium and reception on Nov. 9. This is the first year the symposium is open to include all IMGs who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and have not matched to a residency.
The AMA-IMG Section Reception and Congress also will take place Nov. 9. Cosponsored by the Hawaii Medical Society, the reception and congress offers the opportunity to discuss important AMA-IMG Section and AMA House of Delegates business items.
On Nov. 10, the AMA-IMG Caucus will feature a panel presentation on regulatory issues affecting IMGs. Invited speakers Steven J. Stack, MD, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees; Humayun Chaudhry, CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards; and Carol Berkowitz, MD, chair of the AMA Council on Medical Education task force on maintenance of certification/maintenance of licensure, will provide a status update on maintenance of licensure, regulation and assessment.
For more information, contact Carolyn Carter-Ellis of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-5397.