Purpose The aim of this study was to determine the level of support for the proposal to restrict ACGME-accredited fellowships to candidates who completed residencies accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Perceptions of foreign-trained international medical graduates during and after fellowships were also assessed. Methods An e-mail survey was sent to the members of the organizations that represent academic chairpersons (the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments) and radiology residency and fellowship program directors (the Association of Program Directors in Radiology) and to the program directors of the largest American radiology subspecialty society (the American Society of Neuroradiology). Results were analyzed separately for each of the 3 societies interviewed and then as a composite report for all 3 societies. Results Approximately 60% of the respondents said that they have offered at least one fellowship or faculty position to foreign-trained applicants in the past 5 years. More than 70% of the respondents said that these doctors performed equally to or better than American-trained ones both clinically and academically. The majority of members of all 3 societies responding opposed enactment of the rule, with the American Society of Neuroradiology being the most disapproving. The main concerns of those supporting the new rule were the inhomogeneous and sometimes unknown levels of training of the foreign-trained doctors and the need to favor American graduates. Those opposed were mostly worried about diminishing the quality of fellowship candidates, programs being unable to fill their positions, and a decrease in academic-oriented people. Conclusions Most respondents opposed the proposed rule. The majority were supportive of foreign-trained physicians continuing their training in the United States.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging