First Aid for the International Medical Graduate

ISBN-10: 0071385320
ISBN-13: 9780071385329
Edition: 2nd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Keshav Chander
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Description: This guide contains insider advice for foreign medical graduates who wish to move to and work in the US health system. It explains how to apply for and take the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination).

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Book details

List price: $49.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division
Publication date: 7/9/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 295
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

This guide contains insider advice for foreign medical graduates who wish to move to and work in the US health system. It explains how to apply for and take the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination).

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Evaluating Yourself
Four categories of IMGs: where do you belong?
Out of touch with medicine for a while?
Why do you want to go to the US?
Goal setting
Time table for the examination preparation
Professional goals
Getting to the United States
"Achieving" the visa--strategic moves
Refusal of visa
Types of visa
About Form DF-156
Preparing for the Exams
Who needs to take the exams?
Obstacles facing IMG Examinees
Computer based testing (CBT)
Why CBT? USMLE's perspective
The Sylvan center
Registration
Rescheduling the exam
Reexamination
Where to take the test?
Dressing for the exam
Time management during the exams
Long vignettes: A method to the madness
A Few Last Things to Remember
USMLE Step 1
Eligibility criteria for step 1
What is WHO World Directory of Medical Schools?
Medical education credentials
Application process
Completing the application form
Paying the USMLE fee
Step 1, the exam
Pass/fail statistics
Course outlines
Topics likely to be overlooked by IMGs
What if I fail?
USMLE Step 2
Eligibility criteria for USMLE 2
Application process
Step 2, the exam
Pass/fail statistics
Course outlines
Compensating for different teaching styles
Topics likely to be overlooked by IMGs
What if I fail?
English Exam (TOEFL)
Importance of having a good grasp of English
Pros and cons of computerized TOEFL
Application process
Scheduling
TOEFL, the test
Preparing for TOEFL
Clinical Skills Assessment Exam
Stated purpose of CSA
Issues surrounding the CSA
Who needs to take CSA?
Eligibility criteria for CSA
Application process
Scheduling the test
Scheduling strategy
Timing the application for a visa
Making your travel arrangements
CSA, the exam
What is a SP?
Things not to do while working on each case
Scoring components
Step-by-step approach to doing well on the CSA
Use of abbreviations
Not sure of your command of English?
USMLE Step 3
Registration
Scheduling
Computer based testing (CBT)
Computerese
Pass/fail statistics
Step 3: The exam
CCS, an introduction
Preparing for the exam
Getting into a Residency Program
The problem of low scores
Application process
What is ERAS?
How does ERAS work?
Computerese
Getting the application material
Eligibility criteria for applying through ERAS
Fees
Installation
Key issues raised by the introduction of ERAS
Choosing among the programs
Deciding where to apply
National residency matching program (NRMP)
Interview process
To the Program Directors
Building Your Nest
Getting a Social Security number
A thing called credit history
Finding a place to live
Obtaining a driver's license
Arranging for telephone service
Getting your wheels
Lining up car insurance
Opening a bank account
Enrolling in a health insurance plan
Finding your compatriots
Getting to know your town or city
Survival Skills
Your first month in residency
Frequently asked questions on an on-call day (or night)
Learning to function as a public relations (PR) person
Dealing with the members of your team
Surviving the ICU rotation
Getting Through the Residency
History taking, American style
Physical examination
H&P and daily progress notes
Electrocardiography (EKG)
The Mentor Program
How to get the maximum out of a rotation?
Clinical examination test
Evaluation
Some Distinctive Features of the Practice of Medicine in the United States
Ethics, patient rights and legal issues
Evidence based medicine
Computers in medicine
The Second Year of Residency
Fellowship hunting
The IMG Perspective
Timeline
Factors influencing acceptance into a fellowship program
Becoming a senior resident
Resident as teacher
The Final Year
Getting ready to go back home
Continuing with a fellowship
Job hunt
Your visa type
Your job options
An IMG's job hunt
CPT tangles
Your Contract--the fine print
Buying a house
Moving
Board certification
Licensing boards
Polishing the rough edges
Appendix
Important Organizations and Agencies
Web Addresses
Index

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