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Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs

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Porras Fimbres, DC; Zeng, S; Phillips, BT
Published in: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open
August 11, 2023

Background: International medical graduates (IMGs) are physicians who did not attend medical school in the USA or Canada. IMGs comprise nearly one-quarter of the physician workforce and play a vital role in health care. Here, we aimed to identify the prevalence of IMGs in integrated programs and evaluate factors that influence their success in the residency match. Methods: The annual match reports from 2010 to 2020 were retrieved and summarized. Electronic surveys for program directors and program coordinators were distributed to US integrated plastic surgery programs. Each program's website was appraised for information regarding the eligibility of IMGs. Websites were also used to identify the number of IMG residents. Results: The number of applicants who matched into integrated programs ranged from 69 to 180 per year, of which US applicants comprised 61-165. US IMGs filled one to three positions per year, whereas non-US IMGs filled two to seven. Although 48% of programs have matched non-citizen IMGs and 79% have not encountered difficulties during the visa process, 67% of coordinators reported that the onboarding process is more challenging for IMGs. There are no IMGs in 52% of programs, and most institutions offer information on their website regarding visa sponsorship. Conclusion: IMGs make up less than 10% of filled positions per cycle. Although most programs accept IMGs, a small number matriculate. This may be explained by the competitiveness of integrated programs and the volume of IMG applications. Further research is needed to identify contributing factors of low IMG representation in plastic surgery programs.

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Published In

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open

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EISSN

2169-7574

Publication Date

August 11, 2023

Volume

11

Issue

8

Start / End Page

E5140

Related Subject Headings

  • 3213 Paediatrics
  • 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis
  • 3202 Clinical sciences
 

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Porras Fimbres, D. C., Zeng, S., & Phillips, B. T. (2023). Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open, 11(8), E5140. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000005140
Porras Fimbres, D. C., S. Zeng, and B. T. Phillips. “Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open 11, no. 8 (August 11, 2023): E5140. https://doi.org/10.1097/GOX.0000000000005140.
Porras Fimbres DC, Zeng S, Phillips BT. Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open. 2023 Aug 11;11(8):E5140.
Porras Fimbres, D. C., et al. “Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open, vol. 11, no. 8, Aug. 2023, p. E5140. Scopus, doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000005140.
Porras Fimbres DC, Zeng S, Phillips BT. Prevalence of International Medical Graduates in Integrated Plastic Surgery Programs. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open. 2023 Aug 11;11(8):E5140.

Published In

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open

DOI

EISSN

2169-7574

Publication Date

August 11, 2023

Volume

11

Issue

8

Start / End Page

E5140

Related Subject Headings

  • 3213 Paediatrics
  • 3211 Oncology and carcinogenesis
  • 3202 Clinical sciences