First Aid For The International Medical Graduate / Edition 2

First Aid For The International Medical Graduate / Edition 2

by Keshav Chander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071385320

ISBN-13: 9780071385329

Pub. Date: 06/18/2002

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

A one-of-a-kind roadmap for foreign medical graduates seeking positions in the United States. Includes user-friendly advice on obtaining a visa; moving to and living in America; passing the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL; developing residency survival skills; and practicing medicine successfully in the USA.

Overview

A one-of-a-kind roadmap for foreign medical graduates seeking positions in the United States. Includes user-friendly advice on obtaining a visa; moving to and living in America; passing the USMLE, CSA, and TOEFL; developing residency survival skills; and practicing medicine successfully in the USA.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071385329
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
06/18/2002
Series:
First Aid Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
295
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.61(d)

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 Addresses

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