Employment: Medical Professionals
It is possible to work as a Medical Technician without having to take any re-qualifying exams. A Medical Technician is similar to a Practice Nurse in a
GP’s surgery at home. Otherwise, a nurse who has qualified in the UK must apply to the Board of Nursing for a licence in the state where they want to work.
(Each state has a different licence). To get a licence, applicants must first have their nursing education earned outside the US evaluated by the Credentials
Evaluation Service. In states other than Maryland, this includes taking a qualifying exam and being issued with a Commission on Graduates of Foreign
Nursing Schools (CGFNS) Certificate.
Once the Board of Nursing has received the evaluation report and the CGFMS Certificate if applicable, applicants will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN
examination for a licence. Apparently Project 2000 training in the UK makes it easier to get the licence, as it follows the US system more closely than
previous methods of training, i.e. it is more academic than practical. Pre-Project 2000 training in the UK was more practical than academic Costs:
(approximate) Credentials Evaluation Service Report -$200; Licence Application –$50 NCLEX-RN Exam – $100.
Contacts for nursing"
Maryland Board of Nursing,
4140 Patterson Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21215. Tel 1 410 585 1900
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools,
3600 Market Street Suite 400, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 Tel 215 349
DC Board of Nursing, Department of Health,
825 North Capitol St, NE, 2nd Floor, Washington DC, 20002. Tel 202 727 7468
Doctors must first be certified through the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). This involves taking a Medical Science Examination (steps 1 and 2), a Clinical Skills Assessment, and having their credentials evaluated. They will then be eligible to enter a residency or fellowship
To qualify for a licence to practice medicine, foreign medical graduates must first obtain a certificate from the ECFMG and then take step 3 of the Medical Licensing Exam, as well as satisfying the requirements of individual licensing authorities Typical Costs: Step 1 - $500; Step 2 - $500
Contacts for medical practitioners
Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania 19104. Tel 215 386 5900. www.ecfmg.org
Clinical Assessment www.irs.gov
Once you have an Employment Authorisation Document you can get a Social Security
Number. US Tax Guide for Aliens document