Ashish K. Jha+ Your Authors @ashishkjha Physician, health policy researcher, and advocate for the notion that an ounce of data is worth a thousand pounds of opinion. Also Director of @harvardgh Jan. 03, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors


There's lots of evidence of discrimination against international medical graduates -- that they are supposedly not as good as US medical grads.

But is it true? Are IMGs not as good as US MGs?

2 of 5

In 2017, we (@ytsugawa1 @AnupamBJena others) examined this for hospitalists. What did we find?

That IMGs actually had BETTER outcomes than those of US medical grads. See @bmj_latest paper 

3 of 5

Now we publish our findings for surgeons. We know that many IMG surgeons face discrimination. But what's the data?

Indeed, IMG surgeons are just as good as USMGs. Period.

Adj mortality rates IMGs to USMGs (7.3% vs 7.3%). 

4 of 5

Why does this all matter?

1. We should realize that nearly 1 in 4 doctors in US graduated from international medical schools

2. on average, international medical graduates are every bit as good as US medical graduates (sometimes better).


3. there is a global competition for talent and US attracts some of the best in the world

4. Biggest beneficiaries are Americans who receive care from these physicians

5. To the extent that we remain an open and welcoming nation, our patients will benefit the most


You can follow @ashishkjha.


Tip: mention @threader_app on a Twitter thread with the keyword “compile” to get a link to it.

Enjoy Threader? Sign up.

Since you’re here...

... we’re asking visitors like you to make a contribution to support this independent project. In these uncertain times, access to information is vital. Threader gets 1,000,000+ visits a month and our iOS Twitter client was featured as an App of the Day by Apple. Your financial support will help two developers to keep working on this app. Everyone’s contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support Threader by becoming premium or by donating on PayPal. Thank you.

Follow Threader