Here is a compelling story of a Bulgarian trained physician who has done everything to please the US residency training programs yet she has not been offered any residency position to continue with her American dream - practicing medicine in her new home country.
At the same time thousands of visiting physicians on J1 and H1B visas are enrolled into residency training across America every year.
A story of Neviana Dimova, M.D., M.S.
I am a Bulgarian trained neurologist, and I represent a group of 485 foreign trained doctors, who have passed their licensing exams and certified their education through the appropriate channels, but are unable to practice because we cannot get into a U.S. residency program. We call ourselves "Residency Ready Physicians" (you can find us on Facebook). Many of our members have compelling personal stories of the struggle to enter the U.S. medical system.
According to the latest statistics, there may be as many as 6,000 U.S. citizens and permanent resident IMGs (International Medical Graduates) who have not been able to enter the required residency training. We want to work and are ready to serve where needed. We would consider it a privilege to work in a rural or inner-city area, just knowing that we have the opportunity to use our skills to help people.
- Published in Profile of Women In Medicine