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Other Helpful Organizations for IMGs

Psychiatry Specialty and Subspecialty Organizations

IMGs play an important role in psychiatry subspecialties, but they often face challenges in finding mentors, networking, academic promotion and professional growth. Attending the meetings of specialty and subspecialty organizations can help with networking and promote scholarly activity. A presentation at a professional association’s annual meeting, for example, can provide an opportunity to develop your scholarly portfolio.

Below is a list of psychiatry specialty and subspecialty organizations. Also listed (where relevant) are the time of year when the conference typically occurs and the usual abstract submission deadlines. An abstract is a description of a topic that you would like to present and needs to be submitted for the conference scientific committee to consider.

Allied Organizations

Many IMGs continue to identify strongly with their country of origin. IMGs may also find support and mentorship in non-APA allied organizations. These psychiatric diaspora organizations based in the United States and Canada offer APA members an opportunity for professional networking, engagement and development throughout their career. APA maintains relationships with each organization through its leadership and its members:

Other Helpful Organizations

  • ABPN - The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certifies psychiatrists and neurologists who have completed an ACGME-accredited or ABPN-approved residency training program. Graduates can take the exam as many times as allowed within a seven-year period and must recertify through the Maintenance of Certification every 10 years.
  • ACGME - The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education oversees the accreditation of residency and fellowship programs in the United States and sets and monitors standards for voluntary professional education.
  • ECFMG - The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates supports professionals in health care needing to research issues in medical education and health workforce planning.
  • ERAS® for Institutions - The Electronic Residency Application Service® from the Association of American Medical Colleges provides resources for those applying for residency programs, such as portals for submitting letters of recommendation. You’ll also find data reports on admissions, salaries, diversity in medicine and more.
  • FREIDA - This American Medical Association database provides resources for those seeking residency positions that have been accredited by the ACGME.
  • NRMP® - The National Resident Matching Program®, or The Match®, is an organization that fairly matches applicants’ preferences with residency programs in the United States and its territories.
  • USMLE - The United States Medical Licensing Examination program licenses physicians in the United States and its territories, investigates complaints, and oversees disciplinary actions.

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