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December 11, 1981

Foreign Medical Graduates in Psychiatry: Issues and Problems

Author Affiliations

University of Illinois Medical Center Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine Chicago

JAMA. 1981;246(23):2747. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03320230063031

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It is ironic that the publications of this extensive work combining research and anecdotal data appears when the education of foreign medical graduates (FMGs) is rapidly becoming an issue of the past.

The first part of the book reports on a project outlined by the American Psychiatric Association Subcommittee on FMGs and funded by the National Institute of Mental Health over a four-year period. This section reviews the major issues encountered in the education of FMGs, describes the participating programs, and offers an extensive report of the findings from several chapters and other sources. Together with a chapter devoted to conclusions, it constitutes the bulk of the work.

The description of the programs involved is a valuable contribution, showing innovative and creative approaches to tailoring curricula to some of the specific FMG needs and offering a philosophy of education from which readers interested in psychiatric training in general might benefit.