Some in the U.S. medical community have questioned the competence of physicians trained abroad. But a new study released yesterday in Health Affairs’ August issue indicates that the quality of care provided by these physicians is no different from that provided by physicians trained at U.S. medical schools. In fact, the study—based on data from Pennsylvania, and the first to compare patient outcomes of care by both groups of physicians—found no significant difference in the death rates of patients treated by international medical school graduates versus those treated by graduates of U.S. medical schools.
And the same is true for board-certified vs. non-board-certified doctors. There’s no difference in quality.