Wednesday, July 17, 2013
News for International Medical Graduates
IMGs an invaluable part of American medicine: AMA president blog
The contributions of international medical graduates (IMG) to American health care are irreplaceable, AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, writes in a post to her AMA blog.
Noting that IMGs make up one-quarter of the U.S. physician workforce, Dr. Hoven emphasized the key role these physicians play in organized medicine and patient care.
"In terms of numbers alone, our country could not survive without IMGs," she writes. "But these physicians do more than bolster the overall physician workforce—they fill particularly important gaps in our health care system."
Graduates of international medical schools constitute a large base of primary care physicians and those who care for medically underserved populations, according to a paper developed by the AMA-IMG Section.
Read Dr. Hoven's blog post to learn more about the contributions IMGs make to U.S. health care and the AMA's work to alleviate visa and other work-related complications for these physicians.
Submit resolutions for AMA's November Interim Meeting
A new resolutions process for the AMA International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section was initiated in April, resulting in new deadlines and steps. Review of resolutions will be handled one meeting prior to each Annual and Interim Meeting.
The extended deadline for resolutions being considered for the November Interim Meeting is Aug. 1. All resolutions for the November meeting must fit the definition of legislative advocacy. The AMA-IMG Section Governing Council will amend the resolutions based on member feedback, and the final vote will be made by section members via the virtual congress.
Get involved with the AMA-IMG Section; submit your resolution ideas via email today.
Visit the section's resolutions Web page to view the resolution guidelines.
Questions also may be directed to the section via email.