Residency programs must implement the same requirements for graduates of foreign and U.S. medical schools. Programs must ensure all training is supervised, patient care is not compromised, residents and fellows are not exploited for their services, and IMG residents and fellows are compensated the same as Americans and Canadians.
Exchange programs for foreign physicians should be encouraged, and orientation programs in residencies should incorporate IMGs and address multiculturalism.
State medical licensing criteria should be the same as or a defined equivalent for IMGs and graduates of medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (which accredits U.S. schools).
State licensing boards should maintain initial licensing documentation from U.S., Canadian or international medical schools and consider the documentation acceptable to other licensing boards in reference to a license application.
A centralized program or service for credentialing IMGs should be established and the MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) and MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Chirurgery) degrees should be considered equivalent to the MD degree from a U.S. medical school.
There should be no discrimination in private practice or academic settings against IMGs who have passed appropriate examinations, completed training, become licensed and demonstrated essential communication skills.
Programs should be developed in practice settings to facilitate IMG adjustment into U.S. society and to promote communication among all groups of medical graduates.
IMGs are encouraged to participate and take leadership roles in colleges, in academic medicine and in professional and healthcare organizations.
Source: American College of Physicians