Risks of complaints and adverse disciplinary findings against international medical graduates in Victoria and Western Australia

30 Aug 2012

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.

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