Practices and Perceptions of Family Practice Residency Directors toward International Medical Graduate Applicants: A National Survey

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Gonsalves, Wanda C. ; Wrightson, Alan Stevens ; Love, Margaret M. ; Torbeck, Laura J. (2009)
  • Publisher: Co-Action Publishing
  • Journal: Medical Education Online (issn: 1087-2981, eissn: 1087-2981)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3402/meo.v10i.4371

Purpose - International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are increasingly filling Family Medicine residency positions. (1) To what extent are residency programs recruiting and accepting IMG applicants? (2) What are program directors’ perceptions of IMG applicants? (3) What program characteristics are associated with their practices and perceptions? Methods - A 2002 national survey of Family Medicine program directors assessed program demographics and directors’ recruiting practices and perceptions regarding IMG applicants. Results - Although 88% of respondents would rank IMG applicants, only 40% agreed that they would perform as well as U.S. graduates. Programs with IMG faculty were more likely to have IMG residents (p
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