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Foreign Physician Growth in the U.S. and the Impact on Medical Credentialing
Date:8/29/2009

Foreign Physicians are being upheld to more stringent standards, including medical credentialing, with the influx of new patients entering the healthcare system under Obama's proposed universal healthcare plan

Nashua, NH (Vocus) August 29, 2009 -- According to an article from the Journal of General Internal Medicine, healthcare planners projected that physician surpluses of both U.S. medical graduates, (USMG’s) and international medical graduates (IMG’s), would be at a 145,000 by the year 2004, the latest date given. The greatest increase has been in IMG’s with an increase of approximately 4,800 per year since 1978. There are currently over 795,000 physicians in the U.S., with over 185,000 foreign graduate physicians, or 24% of the physician population.

With these figures and the continued influx of international medical graduates studying and practicing medicine in this country, these graduates will more than likely remain a valuable resource in medical care in the United States. Characteristics of foreign medical graduates however, differ from those of U.S. medical graduates, due to varying cultures and educational requirements of foreign physicians. Greater emphasis on medical credentialing and evaluations is placed on foreign medical professionals who seek employment in the U.S., as they are subject to special certification and licensing requirements. Degrees, diplomas and credit recognition by foreign medical graduates however, are not performed or regulated by the federal government. The U.S. being a federal republic has a decentralized system of education, and designations of study or educational institutions are not s
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