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2012 John Tooker Evergreen Award Winner
The Maryland Chapter
received a 2012 Evergreen Award
for the following program:
Meeting the Needs of our International Medical Graduate ACP Members
The Maryland Chapter's International Medical Graduate Committee was chartered approximately eight years ago. Several objectives for the committee were then developed as a result of a survey administered to IMGs/FMGs in the chapter. These included the need for education on visa and immigration issues, workshops on contract negotiations, and distribution of information and resources to IMGs/FMGS and their families to assist with assimilation into the Maryland community. In collaboration with the Chapter's Young Physician Council, the IMG Committee created several workshops hosted by local law firms on topics including "A Legal Seminar for Physicians" (held in 2010) and "The ABC's of Visas and Contracts" (held in 2011). In addition to organizing these workshops, the IMG Committee worked to develop resource materials specifically for IMGs/FMGS. This information included the AMA webpage listing the licensing requirements for IMGs, a compilation of Maryland's school districts and rankings, driver's license information, directory of banks, real estate information and even shopping locales. In the fall of 2011, the Committee also hosted a joint "International Pot Luck Dinner" in collaboration with the Chief Resident Association of Baltimore (CRAB) group. The IMG Committee is a vital and active component of the Maryland Chapter and continues to create new initiatives in collaboration with other groups in the chapter.
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