American Medical Residency Certification Board (AMRCB)
American Medical Residency Certification Board (AMRCB)

About the AMRCB

Mission

We, the faculty of the American Medical Residency Certification Board, seek to fairly evaluate and prepare applicants for distinguished careers in clinical practice, teaching, research, and public service within the United States and the International community. Recognizing that medical school is only the initial phase in a physician's education, we seek to assist applicants in completing the journey to become a practicing physician in the environment of their choice.

Vision

We are a Board respected nationally and internationally for our educational training, qualitative and quantitative evaluative standards, and integration across the entire medical community. We strive to set the standards that foster innovation, enrich learning, and further the educational and career goals of those who have been granted the responsibility entrusted to a physician.

Overview

The American Medical Residency Certification Board (AMRCB) is a certification body established to certify International Medical Schools. The AMRCB is not an accrediting agency, does not grant accreditation, and is not an avenue to gain certification outside of governmental and national agencies. The AMRCB works to identify standards that are internationally recognized within the United States. A rigorous certification process is undertaken to insure that these standards are adhered to. The credentialing process involves a detailed application, external review, and follows internal processes and procedures. A site visit is often required as well, although may not be mandated depending upon individual institutional needs. The process is transparent, independent, time limited to two years, efficient, valid, and reliable. Results will be reported to applying institutions in writing allowing an opportunity for response and corrections of any errors. The credentialing process by the AMRCB is periodically reviewed to ensure that standards and procedures are fair and remain applicable.

The credentialing process by the AMRCB is voluntary and does seek to, nor take the place of, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), or any other agency. The overarching purpose of the AMRCB is to independently ensure that students from International Medical Schools have completed the basic competencies for pre-clinical and clinical medical education, in the appropriate medical environment, with the appropriate resources and program standards, resulting in an overall quality of medical education and acquisition of core competencies. This is designed to allow all students who have undergone a quality education process in the International community, which adhered to global standards, to have the opportunity to succeed in a United States Medical internship or residency. The changing landscape of the healthcare delivery system in the United States is demanding an increased scrutiny on potential provider education and the overall educational delivery system.

Credentialing by the AMRCB entitles Educational Bodies to advertise that they are credentialed, directly implying the successful completion of the certification process. Credentialing by the AMRCB may also assist new international schools in achieving the accreditation process as required by their applicable agencies. This certification improves the overall quality of education and health care training. The AMRCB views credentialing, in part, as a necessary tool to improve and protect the quality of medical education and a tool to protect and improve the health of the population.

The stakeholders include the students, patients, applicable governments, funding agencies, health organizations, teaching staff and educational organizations, other health professionals, and overall the general public.

Extreme efforts are undertaken to avoid any conflict of interest for all advisors, consultants, evaluators, and others who represent the AMRCB.

Medical School Certification

The credentials process for international medical schools by the American Medical Residency Certification Board (AMRCB) is a voluntary process that is designed to ensure that international medical schools who meet accepted international standards on education are recognized. The World Health Organization (WHO) has advocated for the development of global standards for medical schools for many years. The international standards have been determined through multiple, on-going processes which are reflected in the policies and procedures recognized and adhered to by the AMRCB. Certification by the AMRCB allows credentialed institutions to promote their excellence throughout the international community. Certification is granted based upon one overarching principle - evidence that the institution has established, met, and achieved the goals of educating and preparing medical graduates to adequately practice medicine in the international arena, specifically in the United States.

The credentialing process should be viewed as an opportunity for all international medical institutions to undergo external evaluation for the purpose of showcasing their strengths, as well as for potential process improvement feedback. Successful credentialing is often the first step toward institutional, national, or international recognition. Documentation of the quality and professionalism of an institution can actively increase potential student applications, as well as develop new alliances and enhance relationships with existing institutions. Topics are evaluated and categorized as "required", "desired" or "optional." This categorization is used to determine if an institution has met the minimal acceptable standards to be granted Institutional, National, or International certification.

Credentialing through the AMRCB serves multiple purposes which include: the interests of the general public, improving the quality of medical education across the globe, allowing graduates to have more mobility, to foster increased respect, and to provide a source of pride to institutions who are successfully certified.

Resident Certification

INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENT PATHWAY CONFERENCE

Congratulations Doctor. Medical school is finished and you are now competing for a seat in a United States residency training program to start your Internship year. Everyone has the necessary board scores, recommendation letters, and other requirements. As an applicant, how are you different?

During the Internship year, every decision regarding patient care will be made by you. Senior residents will prevent you from making life-threatening mistakes, but you will inadvertently make numerous small mistakes. Attending Physicians will expect you to know everything about the patient census and this will make you realize how inadequate your fund of knowledge truly is.

Ask yourself "Do I know how to handle a patient interaction by myself? Can I interview a patient, examine them, and document my encounter? Do I know where to start when presenting my patient to a senior physician without losing their attention"?

You may know a thing or two about being a practicing physician from numerous readings, but for the first time in your life, you are about to become a real doctor. The emotions will be overwhelming. It is a guarantee that you will be frightened, nervous, and feel clueless at times; despite these strong feelings of insecurity, your calm composure must be maintained.

Patients will be unaware that you are a new graduate. Yesterday you were a medical student and today you are a doctor. For tomorrow, you are aiming to be a practicing Intern at an accredited residency training program in the United States. Make no mistake - the absolute best years of your medical training are about to start.

First, you need to match into a residency program there are the upwards of 20,000 other candidates yet only a handful of positions. Distinguish yourself from the crowd by being ahead of the curve and by being able to prove it with certification attend the AMRCB Internship and Resident Pathway Conference.

AMRCB will show you how to become the Intern of the Year that will set you apart from your competition. You will learn how to be efficient, prioritize, dictate concisely, present patients to other health care professionals, and other practical skills needed of a practicing clinician. Attending Physicians will say, "You just started so how do you know that already?!"

AMRCB assesses physician readiness by a checklist of core competencies that are required of a successful practicing health care provider. Among other items, this includes practical test standards such as English language competencies, patient-physician encounters, and an understanding of acceptable American culture.

Attending Physicians are nervous every July 1st because new medical graduates have to be taught how to be Interns this requires learning the nuts and bolts of practicing medicine with patient encounters, documentation, reviewing the health care plan, and billing for services. No matter what the residency specialty, Internship year is Internship year, i.e., every new graduate learns the same basic items.

While your fellow Intern colleagues are scrambling to put their thoughts together in anticipation of a patient encounter, you will be several steps ahead of them because you know exactly what to look for, what to ask, what to document and how to bill for your services.

Upon successful completion of the pathway conference, your performance and scores will be quantified into a percentile and recorded onto a transcript. This transcript can be requested and forwarded to residency programs for validation of your conference participation, certification, and to demonstrate your knowledge and level of preparedness for your intern year.

Attend the AMRCB conference to learn these highly sought-after skills and to become certified and enhance your chances of getting into the residency training of your choice. You will be part of the new standard - The AMRCB Certified Intern.

Moonlighting Certification

Confidence for practicing medicine in an unsupervised setting begins to wax and wane for senior residents. As graduates, these new doctors will be making medical decisions entirely on their own and will not have the option of deferring questions to their seniors. Many senior residents opt to moonlight during their final years of training as this experience proves invaluable for several reasons. Common citations for engaging in moonlighting activities include financial compensation, building experience and confidence during the final year of residency training, and applying their fund of knowledge to different hospitals and clinics other than their own. Stepping out of one's comfort zone is frightening enough yet the paperwork that goes with this transition can be overwhelmingly daunting. With moonlighting, you are applying for a part-time job at a different health care facility which requires complete credentialing which can take weeks to months.

When you utilize the educational programs of the AMRCB, you are able to build a credentialing application packet that is complete and portable. This one standard application can be sent to numerous hospitals and clinics of your choice. In this application, you will have submitted complete information regarding your residency training and medical board examinations. To avoid redundancy, submitting multiple applications to different hospitals and clinics will be unnecessary. AMRCB helps you make better use of your time so that you can do the one and only thing you are truly trained to do be a medical doctor.

When submitted through AMRCB, hospitals and clinics can promptly review your standard application packet and get you credentialed for providing medical care at their facility. It's fast, easy, and makes you a Certified Moonlighter via AMRCB.

The Moonlighting Certification aspect of AMRCB is currently in the final stages of review and implementation. Once complete and ready for presentation, full details will be disclosed and posted online. Please check back frequently.

Career Planning

With the end of residency training clearly in sight and fast approaching, you will be facing a hurdle that will set you apart from everyone you are about to become an Attending Physician. You will no longer be called an Intern or a Resident Physician. At this point, you are not just an MD, but rather an Attending Physician. Your level of responsibility to your patients, hospital / clinic, and community is about to become much more involved. The days of deferring questions to your senior physicians will soon be coming to an end.

After years of studying and taking care of everyone else's needs, it is now time to take care of your own self. As your job search begins, numerous hospitals and clinics will be contacting you to work for them. Perhaps there is already an idea of what you will be doing post-graduation. No matter what the final decision is, two things are definite: an interview and a contract.

Face it, you know everything imaginable about the human body and its complicated workings, but the knowledge of putting your talent on paper and assigning a dollar value to it is beyond you. Any amount above your resident salary offered to you will appear to be a significant leap from your current situation. Once you come to the business world of Medicine, you will need to understand exactly what the financial value of your talent is. An interview at this stage of the game is like no other interview you have ever had now they that want you, and not the other way around.

If you are like most physicians, you prefer a fixed salary with a complete set of benefits. This appears to be a stellar deal considering you were earning less than $40,000/year working everyday for endless hours at the mercy of your Attending Physician. Chief Financial Officers who hire at hospitals and clinics are well aware of these facts and will likely consider a deal closed when they see you content at the offer of $120,000 per year. Little do you realize at this point in your medical career that your time and effort is worth several hundred thousand dollars annually and you will only see a fraction of this amount.

AMRCB will show you what to look for and what to specifically ask when you are working out the details of your contract. Hospitals and clinics will not offer you more than what is necessary; hence it will be up to you to ask for specifics to make the deal right for you. By virtue physicians are generous with their time and efforts yet by nature, they are timid about money matters and underestimate the financial value of their hard work. They often settle on a contract that is substandard in both financial matters and benefits. Over-looked items include details of retirement plans and contributions (403b and 457b), relocation expenses, sign-on bonuses, tax deferrals, school loan forgiveness, paid vacation, etc.

Let AMRCB show you how to negotiate a solid contract with terms that both meet and exceed your needs. AMRCB will show you how to sit for a stellar interview where you will be talking confidently with the same financial matter knowledge that the Chief Financial Officers will be. Let hospitals and clinics know that you have done your homework and that you will not settle on less than what you are truly worth. After all, it is now your time.

The Career Planning aspect of AMRCB is currently in the final stages of review and implementation. Once complete and ready for presentation, full details will be disclosed and posted online. Please check back frequently.

Futher Information

AMRCB welcomes you to request additional details and have your questions answered about by our attentive and knowledgeable staff.

For detailed information, please contact us.

Create Date: 03-28-2014
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American Medical Residency Certification Board (AMRCB)