Why Alien, M.D.?
First, if you search Google for the term “resident alien”, you’ll find the following definition :a foreign national living on an official basis in a country of which they are not a citizen.
International medical graduates, therefore, qualify as an “alien” in terms of their immigration status in the US.
Secondly, when most of you first arrive in the US, everything will seem a bit strange to you. The people, the food, the culture, all of it will be different from what you are used to. In turn, your American friends will find some of your habits, word choices and cultural sensitivity to be strange or “alien”.
Alien, M.D. seemed like a befitting name for a blog about medical education, residency and practice of medicine, written from the perspective of an international medical graduate for aspiring foreign physicians.