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Foreign medical graduates and board certification: myths and realities
Am J Psychiatry 1983;140:184-188.
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The participation of foreign medical graduates (FMGs) in American medicine is a longstanding phenomenon, yet the documentation of their role has been mainly impressionistic and anecdotal, particularly in psychiatry. Using the results of a survey on Board certification, the authors compared FMGs with U.S. medical graduates (USMGs) on several variables: demographic characteristics, attitudes toward certification, performance, and personal experience with the examination process. They found that FMGs are more similar than dissimilar to USMGs in attitudes, values, and opinions about certification. The authors conclude that the differences are not sufficiently remarkable to warrant some of the prevalent misconceptions about FMGs.

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