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My personal self disclosure describing my training competency and performance as a physician

Important question arises, how do you know that your doctor is good at what they're doing? How do you know that your doctor is competent? Being book smart does not always translate to being life smart or having good clinical skills and instincts, but your doctor's medical performance, specialty training performance, and standardized testing results, I think, are quite informative.

I want to do a little bit of shameless self-disclosure and marketing, if you will, and to tell you that back in 2006, myself and my good friend, Enis Mundzic, were the first two physicians to graduate in our class of med students, so the best of the best. Here I am, a physician specialist in New York City, and there he is, a physician specialist in London, UK. If you want to practice medicine in the United States, you need to graduate obviously from med school and take the exam. The exam is called USMLE, United States Medical Licensing Exam, and it is very standardized. About 20,000 people or more take this exam every year, people who are U.S. med school graduates or graduates from med schools that are not based in the United States. You are ranked among your colleagues based on your performance, and if you pass, you get something like this.

This is my ECFMG, it's called the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. I tested to ensure that I satisfied all of the requirements to specialize in the United States, which they did in New York, but you need to see my scores. So when it comes to USMLEs, there are three steps; you have to pass step one and step two in order to be able to apply for residency. Dr. Starovic passed step one and step two. Here are the score results. Take a look at this lower number, 99. So this is for step one. And guess what? For step two, take a look at this lower number. Again, very important. So that means that my test performance was in the 99th percentile. On average, globally, about 20,000 people are taking this test. This number means that I did better than 19,800 people that took this test, step 1 and step 2, and that I was in the top 200 out of 20,000 people being tested. Think about it.

So, what brings an international medical graduate to New York and how do you get a job just like that? Well, the answer is simple. You have to have the kind of test results that make people fight to get you. But then there is your specialty performance. I was the resident of the month at the beginning of my intern year.

I was the chief resident of my specialty program. Subsequently, I did fellowships at NYU, at Columbia, and again at NYU. So, add 15 years of clinical experience to that, and I guarantee you that I bring a lot of value and competence to your care, in addition to truly wanting to make a difference and help every single patient that I'm working with.

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