A Performance Comparison: USMG-FMG House Staff Physicians

Saywell Jr., Robert M.; Studnicki, James; Bean, Judy A.; Ludke, Robert L.
January 1980
American Journal of Public Health;Jan1980, Vol. 70 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
Abstract: To determine whether differences exist in the performance of United States Medical Graduate (USMG) and Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG) House Staff physicians, inpatient hospital audits evaluating individual physician performance on patient histories and physical examinations were conducted in 14 Maryland and Pennsylvania non-federal, short-term hospitals. A total of 3,204 medical records were abstracted from eight diagnostic categories for 898 house staff physicians. 556 of which were USMGs and 342 were FMGs. The results from these audits indicate that while there is evidence of a strong hospital/type of physician interaction for many of the diagnoses, there was no significant overall difference in performance of USMG and FMG house staff physicians. The largest and most consistent differences in physician performante were associated with hospital characteristics, not physician characteristics.


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