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Left to right: Marwan Sweedan, Surgeon from Iraq; Yudelka Artiles, MD from Dominican Republic; Dhuha Lamie Ali, MD from Iraq; Ali Makki, MD from Iraq and current medical resident at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI)
Left to right: Marwan Sweedan, Surgeon from Iraq; Yudelka Artiles, MD from Dominican Republic; Dhuha Lamie Ali, MD from Iraq; Ali Makki, MD from Iraq and current medical resident at Family Medicine Residency of Idaho (FMRI)

What is GTI-DOCs?

GTI-DOCs (Global Talent Idaho Doctors) is a support and advisory collaborative of immigrant and refugee Medical Doctors (MD) and International Medical Graduates (IMG) that work together to connect with U.S. licensed physicians, universities, medical schools, hospitals, and relevant organizations to help MDs/IMGs find meaningful medical-related work and navigate through the USMLE process effectively and efficiently.

Can Refugee and Immigrant Medical Doctors Really Practice in the USA?

Yes, with the help and support of others to obtain informed advice, understand the USMLE process and navigate the red tape. The re-licensing/re-credentialing process is long, bureaucratic and difficult, but not impossible. If an internationally trained MD/IMG wants to obtain an U.S. MD license, it is critical that they understand the magnitude of how important it is to position themselves to be competitive in the U.S. medical residency selection process. The key elements to competitiveness include:

  1. USMLE scores – competitive score range for IMGs is 240-245
  2. Time since graduation from medical school – less time is better
  3. Proof of U.S. clinical experience – working in the U.S. healthcare system is important
  4. References from U.S. licensed Medical Doctors – the ability to meet and engage with U.S. medical physicians is most often dictated by your job and where you work

How Can GTI-DOCs Help Me?

GTI-DOCs assists with building a customized plan that is rational, practical, and equitable given the circumstances that can hinder an internationally educated MD’s/IMG’s efforts. GTI-DOCs helps identify options and viable pathways to U.S. MD licensing based on individual ambitions and resources available. Additionally, GTI-DOCs support each other in the USMLE process, connect each other to resources and advocate for one another.

Why is it Imporant to Help Immigrant and Refugee Medical Doctors License in the USA?

When immigrant and refugee physicians reclaim their medical careers, physician supply shortages can be met, brain waste is reduced, providers are more diverse, access to care increases, and patient outcomes improve. For more information, see: The Importance of International Medical Graduates in the United States.

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