Great Expectations: International Medical Graduates & MD Estimates of Benefits and Harms


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Foreign medical graduates are an important resource, and data on their proficiency is important to the public. Jay guides listeners through a study that answers the following: do patient outcomes differ between general internists who graduated from a medical school outside of the United States and those who graduated from a US medical school?

Each week at The Rounds Table we review the pros and cons of treatments from the latest medical research. How does this information shape clinicians’ expectations of medical interventions? Kieran leads the discussion on a systematic review which examined the accuracy of physician expectations of the benefits and harms of any treatment, test, or screening test.

Finally, the Good Stuff segment. Jay shares an evidence based approach to interpreting guidelines from the Best Science Medicine podcast. Kieran shares that, in healthcare, you don’t always get what you pay for!

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The Papers

1. IMGs vs. USMGs: http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.j273

2. MD Estimates of Effects & Harms: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2596010

Good Stuff

1. You don’t always get what you pay for: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/well/live/costly-doctors-dont-provide-better-care.html?_r=0

2. Best Science Medicine Podcast – Approach to Guidelines: https://therapeuticseducation.org/podcast/episode-333-guide-where-draw-line-clinical-practice-guidelines

https://therapeuticseducation.org/podcast/episode-335-guide-where-draw-line-clinical-practice-guidelines-%E2%80%93-part-ii

https://therapeuticseducation.org/podcast/episode-336-guide-where-draw-line-clinical-practice-guidelines-%E2%80%93-part-iii

Music Credits

The Rounds Table Theme Music by Brendan Quinn, Creative Director and Composer, Vapor RMW

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