Connecting World Medical Students to The United States of America


Apogee Physician?s, the only physician-owned medical group in the United States, believes in supporting International Medical Graduates by providing a well-rounded medical and cultural support system as they navigate the American Residency process.  Apogee sees the value that these young professionals bring to the American landscape.  IMGs, Apogee admits, are the lifesaving antidote for the impending physician shortage the US will be facing in a few short years.  Apogee can see this oncoming crisis and appreciates the skills a young, ambitious and determined Indian medical student can bring to the table.  While there are many obstacles before these doctors, Apogee appreciates their determination and passion for acquiring clinical knowledge in an environment with the highest level of medical care available.

Apogee has seen first-hand the dedication, work ethic, and passion for medicine an Indian IMG can bring to an organization.  One third of the current Apogee workforce calls India their homeland.   Apogee?s Gateway to America Program was created to provide the much needed resources, training and interpersonal skill sets that would insure an Indian doctor be successful professionally, as well as personally in the United States.  Apogee?s core competency is to create a long-standing relationship with its physicians within its workforce.   The Gateway Program is a four-year program that takes an IMG from their post medical school/internship training,  guides them through the intense residency interview preparation,  provides residency mentoring by Apogee physicians, and offers full-time employment and Immigration services at the time of residency graduation.  Apogee Physicians is the end-result user.

The Gateway four-year Program begins with a year of preparation at the conclusion of your medical studies and internship.  This year includes: Visa guidance, USMLE review, acculturation/assimilation skills, accent reduction, schooling in American geographical customs, CV/Personal Statement editing, considerable residency interview drills, and directional guidance as to which residency programs that are most conducive to IMGs.  Apogee?s senior management and International Team will interview each candidate extensively in order to evaluate their strengths and professional determination.  At the completion of the Gateway Program, the Apogee team will advocate for the candidate directly to the Program Directors of the applied residency programs.

Upon acceptance to a residency program, each Apogee resident will be paired up with an Apogee Hospitalist in a mentoring role.  This ?Hospitalist mentor? will stay with the Indian doctor throughout the three years of residency providing professional and personal guidance as they navigate their first years of US medical life.  Ultimately, as residency graduation grows near, the Director of the Apogee Physician Relations Department will contact the resident and offer full-time employment.

As mentioned at the start of this article, Apogee believes in long-standing relationships.  Many of our Apogee physicians began as internal medicine doctors, progressed to Hospitalist, and then promoted to Program Directors within our hospitals.  Apogee credits our doctors and their skills for the substantial success Apogee Physicians has experienced in the US in the last eleven years.  And that is why Apogee is willing to invest a substantial amount of time, resources and man power to insure Indian Medical Graduates receive the best guidance and training to achieve success in the United States.

Apogee?s core competency:   ?What is best for the practice is best for the patient. ?

                Aida Zeff


Author: Aida Zeff