According to an article that appeared in the New York Times, thousands of foreign-trained immigrant physicians and Dentists are living in the United States with lifesaving skills that are going unused because they stumbled over one of the many hurdles in the path toward becoming a licensed doctor here.
The process usually starts with an application to a private nonprofit organization that verifies medical school transcripts and diplomas. Among other requirements, foreign doctors must prove they speak English; pass three separate steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examination; get American recommendation letters, usually obtained after volunteering or working in a hospital, clinic or research organization; and be permanent residents or receive a work visa (which often requires them to return to their home country after their training).
The biggest challenge is that an immigrant physician must win one of the coveted slots in America’s medical residency system, the step that seems to be the tightest bottleneck.
No one knows exactly how many immigrant doctors are in the United States and not practicing, but some other data points provide a clue. Each year the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a private nonprofit, clears about 8,000 immigrant doctors(not including the American citizens who go to medical school abroad) to apply for the national residency match system. Normally about 3,000 of them successfully match to a residency slot, mostly filling less desired residencies in community hospitals, unpopular locations and in less lucrative specialties like primary care.
Over the last five years, an average of 42.1 percent of foreign-trained immigrant physicians who applied for residencies through the national match system succeeded. That compares with an average match rate of 93.9 percent for seniors at America’s mainstream medical schools.
Azure College Nursing (ASN) Program
MD to RN program
Azure College Nursing (ASN) program is designed with the Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists in mind. It provides them a nursing education track that will serve as a worthwhile pathway for these individuals with exceptional health care knowledge and skills to gain employment as registered nurses, thereby assisting to alleviate the nursing shortage and improving the socio-economic conditions for this group of immigrants.
in Just a few months
Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists can:
Earn an Associate of Science Degree (ASN) in Nursing
Pass the NCLEX-RN exam, then become a Registered Nurse
Earn a Median Salary of $70,000 per year or $33.65 per hour
Start working in the Medical Profession
In addition Foreign Grad MDs and Dentists will also be able to:
Complete up to 750 hours of clinical in Hospitals such as Jackson Memorial Hospital
Receive Letters of Recommendation (LOR)
Obtain US clinical experience (USCE)
and CV/Resume references
For student who currently in the USA or who completed their Medical education in English
NO TOEFL REQUIRED
NO work permit required
NO legal status in the United States (U.S. resident or citizen)
NO Entrance Exam Required (HESI, TEAS or other)
Meet with Azure College Admission Representative or submit the admission application online via email
Pay the $50 enrollment application fee
Arrange to have an original transcript from your Foreign Medical School translated to English and evaluated from the following National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES):
The official evaluation of your transcript must be forwarded directly from the evaluation agency to Azure College Admissions Office | 305-751-0001
7101 SW 102nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470