International Medical Graduates

2019 IMGS Interim Meeting highlights

The International Medical Graduates Section (IMGS) celebrated its 22nd year of Interim Meetings beginning with the 17th annual AMA Research Symposium in collaboration with the Medical Student and Resident and Fellows Sections on Friday, Nov. 15.

2019 Interim Meeting

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Research Symposium enhancements

This Research Symposium included several enhancements including renaming the AMA Research Symposium as the “AMA EXPO," which offered additional events, e.g. the AMA Career Fair and AMA Lecture Series.

This is the first year of the program format change with the top 100 posters being judged; and over 300 additional posters on display at the AMA EXPO. The EXPO offered live networking, opportunities to exhibit as well as educational opportunities for all research symposium participants.

Congratulations to the AMA Research Symposium winners selected among the ECFMG-certified physicians awaiting residency and abstract categories designated for the Research Symposium:

IMG winners:

  • Basic Science: Nimesha De Fonseka
    • Abstract Title: KISS1/KISS1R Signaling in Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Health System Science: Jose Thulasee
    • Abstract Title: Use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices by Patients: Medical Informatics Solution To Optimize Electronic Health Records At A Large US Hospital
  • Medical Education or Wellness Innovation: Akram Alashari
    • Abstract Title: HCAHPS: How Our Department Went from the Lowest to the Highest Percentile Scores in One Year

Visit the AMA EXPO page for information on the student and resident winners.

Educational programs

The IMG Section attendees also participated in the sections and special groups joint educational programs related to advocacy and employment contracting.

The IMGS Congress Business meeting featured Todd Askew, Senior Vice President, AMA Advocacy, who presented on the topic Addressing the Challenge of Equitable Drug Pricing in the Era of Precision Medicine. The discussion focused on the HR3 Drug Price Bill and the International Drug Price index.

This program offered AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and attracted many attendees. There were several policy initiatives submitted to the House of Delegates regarding this subject and for other IMG issues.

Joint IMGS & WPS reception

Participants also attended the first ever joint sponsored reception with the Women Physicians Section following the Congress business meeting.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, the IMG Section held its Busharat Ahmad, MD Leadership Development Program which featured Colonel Arthur Athens, a well-known leadership program speaker who provided a presentation on “Back to the Basics: the Fundamentals of Extraordinary Leadership” – where participants learned the four leadership fundamentals that differentiate extraordinary leaders from ordinary ones. This program also offered AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

The IMGS culminated its meetings with the joint IMG and Minority Affairs Sections Delegates Caucus held on Monday, Nov. 18.