Course 2A: Early Career Development for International Graduates

Early Career & Early to Mid-Career Level

Date/Time: Monday, October 24, 2022 - 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Track: Professional Development Course
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International medical graduates (IMGs) make up approximately a third of neurology trainees and active neurologists in the USA. They play a major role in providing greater access to health care for millions of patients, especially in underserved regions. With the current shortage of neurologists, which is projected to increase in the next few decades, and increased role for neurologists during the global health care crisis with the pandemic, there is an even greater need for IMG neurologists. In order to remain in the US after training, IMGs face numerous visa-related and other challenges that can limit their scope of practice and range of opportunities in academic medicine. Advocacy and legislation efforts to address immigration complexities, increased recruitment of IMG neurologists in academic departments and a systematic approach to reducing bias and supporting diversity are necessary. During this session, speakers will present the landscape, challenges, and opportunities for in-training and early-career IMGs for a successful academic career in neurology.

Chair: Jayant N. Acharya, MD, DM, FANA

Co-Chair: Erica A. Schuyler, MD, FANA


  • Illustrate visa issues faced by IMG neurologists 
  • Highlight challenges and opportunities for IMG neurologists pursuing academic careers
  • Provide recruitment and counseling strategies for IMG neurologists

The Glass Ceiling of J1 Visas 


Mentorship Matters: Pay it Forward 


Opportunities for Academic Career Development for IMG Neurologists


Recruiting and Counseling IMG Neurologists: Chair’s Perspective