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Date:8/3/2010

ived his or her medical degree, a better indicator of a doctor's expertise is board certification; specialty board certification was associated with lower mortality and shorter hospital stays, the study found.

According to the report, the mortality rates for patients climbed along with the number of years since graduation from medical school. Norcini recommends patients ask their doctors if they have kept board certification current.

"We know from this study it doesn't really matter whether a doctor is an international medical school graduate or a U.S. graduate, but board certification does tell you something," Norcini said.

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For more information on the medical education system in the United States, go to the American Medical Association.

SOURCES: John Norcini, Ph.D., president and CEO, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, Philadelphia; Ajeet Singhvi, M.D., president, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin; August 2010, Health Affairs


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