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Storytellers: Serving the Community as a U.S. Trainee in Emergency Medicine

By Dr. E Chin Mak

I’m sitting in my residency library on a gloomy spring afternoon during my trauma surgery rotation. I stare out the window at the shedding cherry blossom trees, and I reflect on how the last ten months flew by. As I’m waiting for a trauma alert to be paged out, another chest tube, another bedside thoracotomy, I think back to where I was exactly one year ago today. I was packing up my bags in Ireland, prepared to move across the pond to a new country, ready for my first full-time clinical training experience and to start a new life. Little did I know how much I would learn in medicine, and in life…(read more)

Dr. E Chin Mak

Name: E Chin Mak, MD
Title: Emergency Medicine Resident
Institution: Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Ohio
J-1 Physician from Canada

“It’s really quite a broad range of things we see and do, and I think that’s what I really enjoy about emergency medicine…You end up getting a very broad scope of what medicine is actually like for the community.”

— Dr. E Chin Mak

International medical graduates account for about one quarter of all physicians in graduate medical education in the United States. Within that cohort there are more than 13,000 foreign national physicians, sponsored by ECFMG on the J-1 visa, providing critical health care services and cultural diversity in training hospitals across the United States. ECFMG is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the sole BridgeUSA sponsor for J-1 exchange visitor physicians enrolled in accredited programs of graduate medical education or training.

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