Our goal is to generate a global discussion and interactive educational and experiential platform for aspiring physicians, current doctors, residents, and fellows interested in immigrating to the USA with the goal of achieving postgraduate medical education, focusing on lifestyle, the proper etiquette and living tips to succeed in this competitive and selective environment of medical education.
We want to transfer my own life experiences to you, the listener, willing to put the time and effort necessary to make it as a doctor in the US. With my 18 years + of experience in the field, my hope is to assist you and give you tips so you can fulfill your dreams and make them come true.
Welcome to the Journey, it will be a long one, but gratifying.
Let's do this!
Alonso Osorio, M.D.
Introduction to "Life in America as a Doctor": IMG Experiential Series
"Life in the USA / Part one of IMG Experiential Series"
We dedicate this podcast to the nuances of what it is like to live in America! – My example is just one of many, but the experiential series is here to uncover the “Bumps that you will find on this Road” as a physician immigrant into the US.
After 21 years in the USA, I can speak by personal experience that it has been an ever-evolving process of immersing in a new culture and adapting to a contemporary society that carries an entirely different modus operandi.
From the professional etiquette and dress code, the financial aspect of saving and putting money away for a 401k, a child college fund. Essential items like disability, malpractice, life insurance, and even what is like to deal with obtaining credit, and many other situations you will confront as you learn your new way of life in a different country.
We will be touching on simple but at the same time complex issues, like purchasing a house, leasing an apartment, buying a car, and even dealing with the fact that we have left our extended family behind and moved into a new neighborhood, city, state, and country.
My advice from day number one is to create files and folders, along with a computer cloud back up record of every essential document generated under your name and your family members (if any) during the immigration process.
As an example, I will refer to files from INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), IRS (Internal Revenue Service), to include ID cards, Drivers License, Social Security documents for you and family, passports, VISAs, State Medical Licenses, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), Opiate Dispensing permits, ACLS / BLS / PALS, Diplomas, and also, essential, all CME (Continuous Medical Education) credits in one place.
As complex as it sounds, having excellent organizational skills will help you very much along the way and will save you time and money when receiving inquiries to retrieve a copy of these files.
Welcome to the Journey, and I wish you the best of luck obtaining many residency interview spots during the 2020-2021 cycle of the ERAS match process.
I hope you enjoy it,
Alonso Osorio, M.D. FACEP, FAAEM, FAAFP.
Why Is Trump tinkering with the Physician J-1 Visa Immigration Program for GME? With Greg Siskind, J.D.
Episode # 48: Why Is Trump trying to tinker with the Physician J-1 Visa Immigration Program for GME? With Greg Siskind, J.D.
Our guest today is Mr. Greg Siskind, J.D. His previous episode was super popular among our listeners and has reached over 500 downloads and explained how the Physician immigration process works currently for FMGs.
He returns to the show to clarify the current state of affairs with proposed immigration modifications that could have direct implications on how physicians in the USA on a J-1 Visa will have to proceed in the future if these changes take place.
Mr. Siskind is one of the Founding Partners at Siskind Susser, PC. With his 30+ years of experience in immigration law, he was invited to comment on the most recent publication at the ECFMG website regarding the potential implications of a new law that could change the future for FMGs immigrating to the USA on a J1 visa immigration status.
Siskind Susser PC is one of the leading immigration law firms in North America. Their attorneys have experience handling all aspects of American immigration and nationality law. At Siskind Susser, they are committed to providing quality and efficient service to all their clients.
Mr. Siskind and his law firm can be reached at:
Here are the SUMMARY POINTS that we clarify in our discussion:
The U.S. health care system is facing an unprecedented strain on resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to a growing physician shortage that predates the pandemic. For decades, J-1 physicians have played an essential role in ensuring quality and accessible health care in the United States. J-1 physicians who train in the United States are highly qualified and carefully monitored by ECFMG|FAIMER, the sole visa sponsor for these physicians for nearly 50 years. Our nation's success in battling the pandemic depends on the continued contributions of J-1 physicians to U.S. health care. That means for us, FMGs to eliminate "duration of status" as an authorized period of stay for certain nonimmigrant visas (F, I, and J). This rule change will have an immediate and devastating impact on U.S. health care during one of the most severe pandemics in our nation's history. This proposed rule change enters a public comment period, September 25, 2020-October 26, 2020. All stakeholders have the opportunity to submit feedback before ICE makes a final decision on the proposed Rule. Training programs last from one to seven years, depending on the medical specialty or subspecialty. The current duration of status provision allows J-1 physicians to extend their authorized stay in the United States for subsequent years of training to renew their visa sponsorship annually with ECFMG|FAIMER. This rigorous review process confirms their continuing eligibility. The proposed rule change would replace "duration of status" with a specific end date and the additional requirement to apply through the U.S. government each year to extend this end date. The current published processing time for such an extension application ranges from five to 19 months. With most residency/fellowship contracts issued only three to five months in advance of the July 1 start of each new academic year, the proposed change would create an impossible timeline, and do so on a recurring, annual basis. Consequently, thousands of J-1 physicians would be unable to continue in their training programs on July 1 each year. This document has a comment period that ends in 25 days (10/26/2020) Proposed Rule by the Homeland Security Department on 09/25/2020
The Federal Register bulletin published:
"Establishing a Fixed Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media"
In the fiscal year 2018, the Department o
Episode # 47: Bigger & Better USMLE Scores with Doctor en USA!
Listen to Doctor en USA - and the strategies that he has to offer to succeed and have a great USMLE Score!
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Episode #46: Looking for a Better USMLE Score? "Doctor en USA" with Dr. Christian Feria
Doctor en USA with Christian Feria, M.D.
Christian Feria, M.D. is a Colombian physician, from Cali, with intensive care experience, who immigrated to the US several years ago with the goal to become a physician in the USA. After passing his USMLE steps, he developed a method, that is very successful in achieving high USMLE scores.
Doctor en USA is the first and only study method that has considered Spanish speaking medical students and physicians who would like to become a Doctor in the USA. They focused on USMLE Step 1 & Step 2 CK preparation.
His method that considers Neurolinguistics has been proven by satisfied and successful customers and graduates of his training.
Dr. Feria rapidly realized and discovered during his personal process of taking the USMLE Step 1 and doing self-assessments a better way to learn, study, and obtain high USMLE scores.
If it worked for him, it can work for you. And during this episode, he goes into the details and the regimental process followed in his academy and study groups.
As of now, the method is targeted towards Spanish speaking aspiring students and doctors, but his method is looking to expand and consider other languages as well.
If applied properly, I think that his briefly described study techniques, could apply to many of you considering to "ace" the USMLE scores in the pursue of ECFMG certification.
He can be reached at:
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I hope you enjoy and if found of use, follow him and leave feedback. Good luck during the 2020 match. We are almost there!
Alonso Osorio, M.D.
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Episode #45: Virtual Residency Interviews - Tips for Acing your Interview Day & How not get overwhelmed by Technology!
RESIDENCY APPLICATION & VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING
The 2020-2021 USMLE / ECFMG Cycle for interviewing through ERAS has opened, and applications are currently under review. As we move forward with Interview offerings, the need to adapt and transition into a virtual platform of telecommunication has been a rapid process that will be implemented and launched right away.
For the Residency Programs, this has not been an easy challenge, and the implementation had to be expeditious. Multiple organizations have played a significant role in advising the proper way to conduct a fair, humane, and unbiassed interviewing process that will allow the selection process for the coveted spots in a reasonable fashion without turmoil. Despite all the COVID related measures taken regarding social distancing, one of them is directly impacting us. We must adapt, train, and prepare for the virtual interviewing set up that will be in place.
A few suggestions of advice to consider before venturing in this process to ensure adequate preparation:
Identify a Quiet & Suitable Environment. Avoid any potential distractions. Use a professional backdrop. Beware of the Unconscious bias. Technological set up (Hardware / Software). Familiarize with the Interview Materials (Read the "Game Rules"). Verify that the residency program has your contact information. Personal hygiene and professional dress code. Double-check that technology is working correctly. Take notes. Be on time. Be professional. Be thankful for the opportunity. Best of luck with this new virtual environment – and as always, be flexible and adapt to the "new way of doing things" after the COVID19 Pandemic. I only wish that soon we all come back to our previous "normal" in which human interaction was essential for the identification of the proper applicant, that will be the right residency for the residency position. Programs and Ruling associations are working hard to optimize the process and make it as humane as possible. For now, prepare well, so you will "Shine" through the screen.
I hope this helps!
Alonso Osorio, M.D. FACEP, FAAEM, FAAFP.
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Episode #44: How to become a Chief Medical Officer (CMO) with Dr. Amer Aldeen, FACEP.
Physician Career Advancement & Tips for organizational success!
Amer Aldeen, MD, FACEP – Is the Chief Medical Officer for US Acute Care Solutions, the largest physician-owned acute care practice in the US (and probably the world!). He comes to offer us his experience as a physician leader in corporate healthcare America. Career advancement and ongoing professional development are key as we mature into our jobs. This episode is full of tips of wisdom and I do know you will enjoy it very much.
• A Great physician means that you take excellent care of patients, but it also means that you possess many of the skills and abilities to be a great leader/administrator. One pitfall is that you cannot assume that being a great administrator comes automatically just because you are a great physician—it takes different training, practice, and time. You have the tools and the intellect, but there are different rules and different success metrics. Up to now, you have dedicated yourself to clinical success—working hard to excel in your undergraduate studies, medical school, residency, post-residency, etc. Now you are in a position where it is not just about how well you do individually, it’s about how well the entire team moves forward. Are you the type of person who can only make yourself perform better or can make others around you perform better, too?
Here are some quick and easy tips to get you started—doing these will cost no money at all:
Put your CV on your computer desktop and update it frequently with every new accomplishment and milestone. Be an expert in something (for the clinical generalists). What clinical scenario do you see in your daily practice that interests you the most? Be the go-to person for specific issues. You cannot know everything—but be good at most things and fabulous at a few. You don’t have to do a fellowship to be an expert in a few clinical entities. The word “committee” has the word “commit” in it—commit to attending, commit to working, commit to following up, commit to volunteering to do tasks. People are relying on your commitment to be there, give your input, but also listen to others’ input and complete tasks. If they do not remember your name, they will not remember you. Make sure they learn it but be nice about it (they are not likely familiar with your native language), and you could emphasize the proper pronunciation of your name. When you disagree with an idea or plan of action, ask questions. Learn more about it; think of it as a chief complaint: get a thorough history, do not judge right away. Be patient. Work and develop your emotional intelligence (EQ). Where there is no money, there is no mission”: Make sure you factor in finances to all your plans for improvement. Consider low hanging fruit first—what can you improve for free? Please do it. What can you improve with a little bit of money? Do that next. What can you improve with a lot of money? Think about that, plan for it, and wait for your opportunity. Do not just identify problems, solve them. Identifying problems is relatively easy. Being an intelligent problem identifier is a colossal waste of talent. Instead, be an intelligent problem solver. It takes more effort, but that’s how people become extraordinary. Do you want to be known as someone who identifies problems or someone who fixes them? Mediocre managers identify problems. True leaders fix them.
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