ISBN-10:
0071385320
ISBN-13:
9780071385329
Pub. Date:
06/18/2002
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
First Aid For The International Medical Graduate / Edition 2

First Aid For The International Medical Graduate / Edition 2

by Keshav Chander

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First Aid For The International Medical Graduate / Edition 2

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)

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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 Addresses


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