Training in the United States
The “American dream” has seen a steady flow of scientists and doctors to the United States. Asrar Rashid, Mark Twite, and Sunil Bhudia have tips for doctors thinking of making “the dream” come true
The United States is a hot bed for learning, innovation, and creativity. The main driving factor is economics. Academia in the United Kingdom has not been as successful in working with private institutions to release research ideas into the market place; this has led to a poor infrastructure for the development of young research scientists and doctors. This is also true of many other countries--this article uses doctors from the United Kingdom as an example.
The choice of visa may be out of your control. The best visa for working in the United States used to be the H-1 visa; however, this is getting more difficult to get hold of and most institutions are now giving the J-1 visa (box 1).
Programmes are accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education). ACGME accreditation ensures that all US programmes have a similar structure and provide the right education. Programme