Predictors of the performance of foreign medical graduates on the 1982 certifying examination in internal medicine.
This study describes a cohort of foreign medical school graduates (FMGs) who first sat for the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) 1982 certifying examination, compares their performance with that of US medical school graduates, describes differences between US citizen FMGs and alien FMGs, and examines which background factors predict success on the ABIM examination. Data for this study were derived by combining information retained by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates with ABIM data. Most FMGs who took the 1982 ABIM certifying examination for the first time were educated in and citizens of Asia, but a sizable minority were US citizens educated in Europe. Scores and program directors' ratings were lower for FMGs than US medical school graduates, and they attended different types of training programs. United States citizen FMGs were very similar to alien FMGs. Foreign medical school graduates who did well on the ABIM examination had done well on the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates examination and were rated highly by their residency program director.
Norcini, JJ; Shea, JA; Webster, GD; Benson, JA
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