Special Focus Video: Visa Overview and Resources
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Hello, my name is Dr. C.A. Sivaram. I'm a professor in cardiovascular diseases within the Department of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma and a previous program director
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with a track record of being a program director for 22 years.
Video Summary
Dr. C.A. Sivaram, a professor in cardiovascular diseases at the University of Oklahoma, highlights the importance of addressing visa issues for international medical graduates (IMGs) applying to cardiovascular fellowships in the U.S. IMGs make up a significant proportion of the physician workforce and fellowship applicants, but many may face challenges due to their non-citizen or non-permanent resident status. The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification is a prerequisite for IMGs applying to cardiovascular fellowships and is also required for the USMLE Step 3 exam. There are different visa options, such as J-1 and H-1B, but institutions' policies regarding visa support can vary, so it is recommended to contact the GME office beforehand. It's also crucial to stay updated with visa regulations, which can change unexpectedly. Additional information can be found on the ECFMG, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and American Medical Association websites.
Keywords
visa issues
international medical graduates
cardiovascular fellowships
ECFMG certification
visa regulations
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