Positive Impact of IMGs from Muslim-Majority Nations, but Applications on Decline

Posted July 17th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG.

The United States has, for decades, relied on IMGs to fill gaps in the physician workforce.  A comprehensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association studying the prevalence of International Medical Graduates (IMGs) from Muslim-Majority nations notes that citizens from Muslim-majority nations made up 4.5% of the US physician workforce in 2019 and 18.4% of the entire IMG physician workforce.

Applications to the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) among IMGs from Muslim-Majority countries increased from 2009 to 2015 and decreased from 2016 to 2018.  The article, which can be found at the link below, concludes that to the extent that citizens from some countries no longer seek residency positions in the US, gaps in the physician workforce could widen this link :

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For more than 10 years, Dennis L. Abramson has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing medical students, IMGs, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in compliance and disciplinary matters related to ECFMG, USMLE, NBME, and NRMP, including responding to and defending allegations of irregular behavior and violations of the Match® agreement. Should you need advice or counsel with a related issue, please contact Mr. Abramson at 610-664-5700 or dabramson@theabramsonfirm.com.

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