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Baffled by the jargon?

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Medical student discussion groups like ValueMD & Student Doctor are awash with confused Caribbean medical students wondering what a green book is, and why they need ECFMG certification and whether they should consider an additional degree in health management…so in the spirit of fostering greater understanding, here are a few posts to clarify some of the jargon you may encounter as you decide what medical school is right for you.

What do people mean by a green book hospital?

They are referring to a teaching hospital offering training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The ACGME is responsible for the Accreditation of post-MD medical training programs within the United States.

The term green book hospital appears to originate from the color of the printed listings of accredited hospitals published by ACGME, which was….green.  The listings are now on line at the ACGME website.

It’s worth noting that a hospital is generally called a green book hospital if it offers some training programs accredited by ACGME. This does not mean all its training programs are ACGME approved.

Some US states, like Texas, will only allow graduates of ACGME approved clinical training programs to practice.

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