38 episodes

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.

The Foreign and International Medical Graduate Podcast Alonso Osorio

    • Medicine
    • 5.0, 46 Ratings

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.

    Episode #40: "Residency Interviewing Cost" How much money shall I spend & How do I plan for it? - Tips of Advice

    Episode #40: "Residency Interviewing Cost" How much money shall I spend & How do I plan for it? - Tips of Advice

    The Interviewing Process Crusade could be an expensive, dreadful and lengthy one and how much much or not you do get to have will depend on how well you have planned for it. Do the Research, Investigate, Network, and Inquire colleagues, friends, and use specific available resources on what it will take to decrease the physical, emotional, and personal burden of this cycle, which, in the long run, becomes an investment on yourself and your professional future. 

    The price tag will vary, but I would say, based on my research, it will be close to $4000 USD for the average applicant, not considering the special circumstances that will apply to FMG (Living overseas in need to travel into the USA). So, please be mindful of considering the most up to date exchange rate for your country's of origin currency, and the amount of money needed to expend to travel long international distances to interview in America. 

    The Interview process for 2020 is around the corner, and I think the timeliness of this episode is crucial in giving you tips of advice for those that will be lucky enough to get a residency interview appointment. Specifically for 2020, we don't know if any program will be doing face to face interviews, but we all know that some of them will be doing virtual online interactions, that could modify the cost of the investment for the current year due to COVID19. 

    Despite the fact that 2020 has been an exceptional year for all of us, I think, that if we ever get back to the "normal" reality, this episode will apply well to all of us, considering to get on the road and travel in between several residency program sites with the purpose of finding the residency in the specialty of your Dream. 

    Please listen carefully, because not all of the circumstances that we discuss apply to all of us, so make modifications and adapt as needed. The website www.SmartMedTravel.com is a useful one for those interested in discovering it the benefits that it has to offer (No financial relationship with them!) - So, feel free to explore and research well before you embark on this path.

    "An Investment in knowledge always pays the best interest"!

    Thanks for listening, 

    Alonso Osorio, M.D.
    www.OSORIOMD.com 
    www.FMG-IMGCast.com
    alonsojosorio@FMG-IMGCast.com

    • 38 min
    Episode #39 "From USMLE to Residency" - Advice and Tools for Success with Abhiram Challa, M.D.

    Episode #39 "From USMLE to Residency" - Advice and Tools for Success with Abhiram Challa, M.D.

    What is the USMLE?
    How do I credential myself via the ECFMG?
    Where do you start?
    How do I study for the USMLE?
    How much time and dedication shall I invest?
    What shall I expect during the process?
    How I remain motivated?
    What resources shall I use? There is so much out there!

    For all of these answers and more, you must listen to this phenomenal episode...

    Dr. Abhiram Challa is an IMG who attended College and Medical School in India. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE University in Belgaum. Motivated by the strong desire of returning to the USA he set his own path and study plan to succeed at taking the USMLE Steps.

    I found him via YouTube on his amazing channel "Dr. Challa". He produces incredible material that enriches anyone with excellent tips of advice in how to devise a plan & strategy to ace the boards. Also, He describes the complete IMG / FMG certification process in the USA. Now he is a Resident in Internal Medicine after joining Kansas University in Wichita, KS.

    He can be found on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/dr.challa/

    Please do not forget to Subscribe to our YouTube Channels and to follow us on Instagram for more content and updates on how to become a successful applicant for the ECFMG / USMLE credentialing process.

    Thanks for Listening - Alonso Osorio, M.D.
    alonsojosorio@FMG-IMGCast.com

    • 46 min
    Episode #38 - How to get a spot for a Residency in Radiology, very competitive, But is it possible?: Ihsan Mamoun, M.D.

    Episode #38 - How to get a spot for a Residency in Radiology, very competitive, But is it possible?: Ihsan Mamoun, M.D.

    A listener's request! - We do listen to our followers and adopt suggestions for future guests in our podcast. Today we invited Dr. Ihsan Irfan Mamoun, specialized in Radiology - He studied Medical School at Jordan University of Science and Technology, with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, MBBS. He also has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Ashland University and completed a Residency Training in the Specialty of Radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, OH (To include an Internal Medicine Preliminary year at the same institution). Then he followed it with two fellowships, one in Neuro-Radiology and another one in Pediatric Radiology.

    He represents the "Dream come true" for an IMG. He explains his path and the dedication needed to make himself an attractive applicant to such a competitive specialty. We talk about the specific qualifications required to have an opportunity to make it into Radiology, and we describe how crucial is the process of having strong LORs, PS, and Research experience related to the specialty of your choice. As you listen, we also talk about a topic of interest, which is Preliminary and Transitional years, and how important it is to follow the correct application process for the ERAS. 

    I hope this episode brings some enlightenment and expands on topics that are crucial to obtain a position for GME in the USA. Thanks for listening, and remember, to leave feedback, a review, and share it with friends and colleagues. We also have a YouTube Channel where you can also listen to the content and material: https://www.youtube.com/user/alonsojosorio. We are available in pretty much every global platform where podcasts can be found and downloaded. Spread the word; it will help me grow!

    Thanks, 

    Alonso Osorio, M.D. 
    www.FMG-IMGCast.com (Soon to become www.OsorioMD.com) 
    alonsojosorio@FMG-IMGCast.com

    • 30 min
    #BlackLivesMatter - Terrence Julien, M.D. Neurosurgeon.

    #BlackLivesMatter - Terrence Julien, M.D. Neurosurgeon.

    Dr. Terrence Julien, M.D. Neurosurgeon, specialized in Complex Spine, Robotics Spine, and Neurosurgical-Oncology, based out of Tampa, Florida.
    He endorses an impressive Resume that has no blemish, after 12 pages, the amount of accolades and professional accomplishments and publications never runs out and overshadows anyone. The critical fact is that despite the fact he is not an IMG (Went to medical school at Howard University in Washington, DC, USA). He is the son of a Mechanical Engineer Caribbean immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago. They relocated to suburban America to provide both of his children with the necessary life skills, tools, and education to become successful in a racist country that makes part of people based on their accent and skin color.

    Racism in America is prevalent and palpable, to this day, the 21st century. Segregation occurs and has been promoted and endorsed by government institutions over several decades and, to this day, becomes a limiting factor in obtaining equal opportunities for minorities, not only for Black but Latino, Native Americans, and Asians.

    So with this background of societal adversities and minimal odds, he went on to become a Physician with a Medical Doctor degree from a very prominent university, obtained an academic scholarship to excellent academic performance for research and strengthen his resume to become one of the very few Black Brain Surgeons in the USA. He has attended extremely prominent institutions, not in order but to Include NYU, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, Medical Center of Delaware among others.

    After more than 20 years of Undergraduate, Graduate, Postgraduate, and Doctoral education, He is an example to follow for everyone, not only for Black minorities but for any of us that has the desire, grit, and dream to become someone in the USA. Becoming a Brain surgeon is the most competitive endeavor in the medical career. It has always been a field of an elite select group, lead mostly by White Caucasians society members (Physicians). The hardship endured is like no other, and he always had not only been excellent, but much better than any other applicant/physician when competing for a training/work spot.

    So, in this episode, we enjoyed talking about his life in the USA and shared the resilience shown to become the "creme de la creme." Listen on!

    A few concepts of Racism and segregation:

    De Facto segregation vs. De Jure segregation. DeJure ("by law") describes practices that are legally recognized, regardless of whether the method exists in reality. In contrast, de facto ("in fact") describes situations that exist in reality, even if not legally recognized racial, ethnic, or other segregation resulting from societal differences between groups, as socioeconomic or political disparity, without institutionalized legislation intended to segregate.

    The factors of RacismRacism may vary from country to country due to historical, cultural, religious, economic, or demographic reasons. Several academics assert that RacismRacism and ethnic discrimination are deep, inherent, and fundamental aspects of North American society. Historical RacismRacism continues to reflect on socioeconomic inequality. Racial stratification continues to occur in employment, housing, education, lending, and government.

    Racism in the United States has been a significant issue ever since the era of colonialism and slavery. Legally sanctioned RacismRacism imposed a heavy burden on Native Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, Americans from lesser developed parts of Europe and Asian Americans. European Americans were privileged by law in matters of literacy, immigration, voting rights, citizenship, land acquisition, and criminal procedure over periods that extended from the 17th century t

    • 58 min
    "V MD" Residency Application YouTube Video Series with Vaibhavi Solanki, M.D.

    "V MD" Residency Application YouTube Video Series with Vaibhavi Solanki, M.D.

    Dr. Solanki, best known as Dr. "V," has an amazing YouTube Channel named "V MD." She is an India Born and Canadian raised IMG that went to School in Granada at St. George's University and is currently an Internal Medicine Resident Physician at State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center  & Former Canada's Top20 Under20. 
     
    She focuses her discussions on Residency Applications, Interviewing Tips, Specialty-specific advice, Medical School Advice, and much more using her life Journey. 
     
    Her video content spans approximately eight segments about:
     
    * ERAS Applications Step-by-Step Parts 1 & 2
    * Top Ranked Factors to get Residency Interviews
    * Letters of Recommendation (LORs) 
    * Personal Statements 
    * Email Etiquette
    * How to find Residency Programs 
     
    Her mission is to help other students achieve the same goals! After scoring 240+ on my USMLEs and having great success through the ERAS/NRMP residency application process (25+ interviews), she decided to create her YouTube channel as a platform for mentorship and provide useful tips for aspiring medical students and physicians alike.

     
    She can be found at:
     
    vs.solanki.md@gmail.com
     
    Instagram: @iamdoctorv_
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vaibhavisolankimd/
     
    or visit her YouTube Channel:
     
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCD03r926cP_nJMQi-E_0P-Q/featured

     
    I hope you find all her tools of advice as helpful as they were for me, by updating me in the most recent essential and high yield facts to consider when considering GME in the USA. 
     
    Do not forget to subscribe to her channel and mine at https://www.youtube.com/user/alonsojosorio
     
    Thanks for listening, 
     
    Alonso Osorio, M.D. 
    alonsojosorio@FMG-IMGCast.com 

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 35 - Residency Interviewing Skills Series - Part 6: "Behavioral Interview Questions"

    Episode 35 - Residency Interviewing Skills Series - Part 6: "Behavioral Interview Questions"

    Dr. Osorio & Dr. Rodriguez are back to touch upon Behavioral interview questions that were designed to uncover or reveal personality flaws or potential ethical issues that an applicant could bring into the program and are trying to elicit "red flags."
     
    They are there to try to unveil personality flaws or behavioral traits before starting the training program, and that could potentially avoid, in the future, to deal with a disruptive resident. These screening questions are targeted at filtering the possible "bad apples" from the large cohort of applicants across the residency application program. 
     
    A good summary of things to consider has been created and made available by UCLA's medical school at: 
     
    https://medschool.ucla.edu/workfiles/siteCurrent/Resources/Residency/ProcessesandSampleQuestions10.17.12.pdf
     
    In general, the Interviewing Process is an expensive and long one for which you must be fully prepared and be ready to endure long days of mental concentration and resilience. Some of the most useful links that I have found on the internet provided by the AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) website and the link for some reliable information is here: The Cost of Interviewing for Residency.  
    And for the elective year of 2020, special considerations will be made to virtual/online video interviewing, which is a modification of the standard process, due to the outbreak of the COVID19 pandemic. Important topics of discussion and some pointers about this will be found here: https://www.aamc.org/what-we-do/mission-areas/medical-education/conducting-interviews-during-coronavirus-pandemic.
     
    The reason why we dedicated a long series of podcasts on this topic emphasizes the importance of timely and proper preparation and rehearsal to perform your best at the face to face or virtual interview. I hope these resources give you a glimpse into what you should expect, and will target to be a framework of reference that by no means is considered the standard for everyone. Remember, the success and or failure during the interview relies 100% on you. 
     
    But remember, it's like a test with an open book, you will be given the tools and tips for preparation and is entirely up to the applicant to dedicate time and effort for the proper training to ace this grueling and anxiety-provoking phase of the Residency Application to the USA as an FMG/IMG. 
     
    Please leave us feedback & remember to share!
     
    Alonso Osorio, M.D. 
    http://www.FMG-IMGCast.com
    alonsojosorio@FMG-IMGCast.com 

    • 22 min

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Very down to earth and great advice, great personality of the doctor and what a willingness to help others. I will definitely stay tuned into his channel and try to learn as much as possible and maybe even try to meet him one day. Luis Naranjo MD

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A light in the pathway....

My deeply thanks Dr. Osorio

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Wow! Hugely motivational

It’s a well produced podcast. Awesome medical content but immerse with personal stories of motivation and understanding these doctors made it in America. Some episodes are just medical but some other have a huge depth and specially the one from Dr Valdivia is from another planet. Keep up the good work. Awesome content - keep them coming. From a normal person.

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