First Aid for the International Medical Graduate

First Aid for the International Medical Graduate

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Offers insider advice to foreign medical graduates seeking to come to the USA. Covers applying for and taking the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination), CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment), and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)show more

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  • Paperback | 295 pages
  • 216 x 274 x 14mm | 698.53g
  • McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
  • McGraw-Hill Medical
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • 0071385320
  • 9780071385329
  • 2,024,919

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A STUDENT TO STUDENT GUIDE Become a doctor in America! How to: * Obtain your US medical license by passing the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL * Find the residency position you want * Get a Visa * Move to and live in the USA * Adjust to American medical practice and culture * Survive the residency " . . . . (an) excellent book for any IMG who needs to know about the US system of medicine. I just got into a residency program and this book has taken care of all my questions. I feel more confident going into uncharted territory." An online reviewer from Central America "This is one of the rare medical books that I did not want to put down after starting. The book gives high-efficiency tips on doing well in USMLE, CSA, English exam, residency, and even discusses the cultural issues that nearly all IMGs face." An online reviewer from Chicago EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED IN AMERICAN SOCIETY * How to get a driver's license * Obtain a Social Security Card * Find housing * Open a bank account * Buy a car * And much more A MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF FACTS, TIPS, AND ADVICE FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES WHO WANT TO COME TO AMERICA * The details on getting a Visa * How to prepare for the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL * Residency applications and interviews made simple * The ins-and-outs of medical practice in the USA * What you should know about American language and culture * All in a clear, user-friendly formatshow more

About Keshav Chander

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Table of contents

1. 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 2. Getting to the United States "Achieving" the visa-strategic moves Refusal of visa Types of visa About Form DF-156 3. Preparing for the Exams Who needs to take the exams? Obstacles facing IMG Examinees Computer based testing (CBT) Long vignettes: A method to the madness A Few Last Things to Remember 4. USMLE Step 1 Eligibility criteria for step 1 What is WHO World Directory of Medical Schools? Medical education credentials Application process Step 1, the exam Pass/fail statistics Course outlines Topics likely to be overlooked by IMGs What if I fail? 5. USMLE Step 2 Eligibility criteria for USMLE 2 Application process Step 2, the exam Pass/fail statistics Course outlines What if I fail? 6. 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 7. 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? 8. USMLE Step 3 Registration Scheduling Computer based testing (CBT) Computerese Pass/fail statistics Step 3: The exam CCS, an introduction Preparing for the exam 9. Getting into a Residency Program The problem of low scores Application process Choosing among the programs Interview process 10. 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 11. 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 12. 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 13. Some Distinctive Features of the Practice of Medicine in the United States Ethics, patient rights and legal issues Evidence based medicine Computers in medicine 14. The Second Year of Residency Fellowship hunting Becoming a senior resident Resident as teacher 15. 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 Addressesshow more

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