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A system of qualification examinations has been developed in order to insure uniformity and fairness in the testing of foreign-trained physicians for admission to internship or residency training in the hospitals of the United States. The Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) gave its first examinations in 1958. These have been modified in the light of accumulating facts, especially as regards language difficulties. The fourth examination, Sept. 22, 1959, will be given not only in the United States but also in over 50 foreign centers. The candidate who passes can safely assume that his knowledge of medicine and command of English are adequate for him to profit by his experience in this country, and an American hospital accepting him can feel assured that he is qualified to render effective service as intern or assistant resident.
Smiley DF. THE EDUCATIONAL COUNCIL FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES. JAMA. 1959;170(5):534–535. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010050028006
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