This journal article looks at whether international medical graduates have more complaints made against them to medical boards and experience more adverse disciplinary findings than Australian-trained doctors.
Among 39 155 doctors registered in Victoria and Western Australia in the study period, 5323 complaints were made against 3191 doctors.
Thirty-seven per cent of registered doctors were IMGs. The odds of complaints were higher against IMGs than non-IMGs (odds ratio [OR], 1.24; 95% CI, 1.13–1.36; P
However, disaggregation of IMGs into their countries of qualification showed wide variation: doctors who qualified in Nigeria (OR, 4.02; 95% CI, 2.38–6.77), Egypt (OR, 2.32; 95% CI, 1.77–3.03), Poland (OR, 2.28; 95% CI, 1.43–3.61), Russia (OR, 2.21; 95% CI, 1.14–4.26), Pakistan (OR, 1.80; 95% CI, 1.09–2.98), the Philippines (OR, 1.80; 95% CI, 1.08–3.00) and India (OR, 1.61; 95% CI, 1.33–1.95) had higher odds of attracting complaints, but IMGs from the 13 other countries examined had odds that were not significantly different from Australian-trained doctors.