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IMG FAQ for Faculty

This page is dedicated to addressing frequently asked questions from faculty on how they can better support their IMG residents during their rotation. It is crucial for faculty to provide strong support for their residents, as this guidance can greatly enhance the resident’s training experience. Proper support ensures that IMG residents have the tools and resources they need to succeed in their training and ultimately become successful physicians.

If you have any questions regarding supporting IMG residents during their rotation, please feel free to submit them using the form below. Your question will be promptly answered via email and added to our question list for future reference. Thank you for your dedication to supporting IMG residents in their training journey.

What should I do if I am working with an IMG resident (or any learner) and a patient or other health care provider makes a comment that is racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise offensive?

Great question! Often as preceptors we are in a position of power where we can safely address inappropriate comments in the learning and teaching environment. It is encouraged to intervene in these situations provided it is safe to do so.
NOSM U CEPD has a module available that describes an approach to addressing microaggressions.
As of summer 2024, this module is free for NOSM U faculty!
Addressing microaggressions helps develop a safe environment for our learners, patients and ourselves.

Do IMG residents continue to be scheduled for on call during their AVP?

 i.e. first month, Blk 1 or 2. I understand that all PGY1’s are to do on call but are paired with senior residents for the beginning; is this correct?

The purpose of the AVP is for the program and preceptor to evaluate IMG candidate’s skills, knowledge and judgment, communication skills, and professional attitudes to ensure that they are at the level of a PGY1 resident.

They are able to be booked for on-call shifts (like any other PGY1) with an appropriate level of supervision and support for their ability. Pairing them up initially with a senior resident is a good practice for additional support and teaching given that they may be new to our system.