A study to characterize the professional experience of international medical graduate (IMG) physicians in the United States found that they experience workplace discrimination, expect professional limitations, experience challenges transitioning to U.S. culture and medical practice, and bring unique skills to their work.
This study used in-depth, in-person interviews to characterize the professional experience of non-U.S.-born IMGs – physicians who did not attend medical school in the U.S. or Canada – from limited-resource nations who practice primary care in the U.S. The research team developed a coding system and applied it to the interview data.
Opportunities to optimize IMG workplace experience include education, acculturation strategies, enhanced support during transitions, adapting workplace policies and efforts at cultural awareness and sensitivity in workplace. These strategies may also improve the professional experience of other minority health care professionals.