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So, as you know, all american students that bare a tag from their school on their labcoats have to wear a white tape on them in order not to be discriminated against other examinees. However this white tape by itself is selfdiscriminatory from all other IMGs that (in the majority) do not have school tags at all! My suggestion is to just put white tape over your shoulder even though you don't have a tag in order to "seem" like you are an american student. Note: I didn't use this technique, and honestly i don't think it worths it, but for some of you that think that discrimination is the problem, try to do the above thing, because I think it will give you some peace of mind
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The SP will know that you are not American from the first word you voice.

That trick will not work.

If ever there's a discrimination against IMGs, they will know, no matter what you do to hide it.
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The SP will know that you are not American from the first word you voice.

That trick will not work.

If ever there's a discrimination against IMGs, they will know, no matter what you do to hide it.
Hmm, will that apply to US citizens that studied abroad?
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Hmm, will that apply to US citizens that studied abroad?
If ever there's a discrimination, it will be against accent/look/ethnicity not against your medical school.
So your trick does not help to ameliorate the thing.
If you were a US citizen and have "no accent" then you wouldn't be discriminated (if at all) whether you put the tape or not.
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Look, discriminations exist. If there weren't any the USMLE wouldn't even let you wear a white tape. However, my argument here is that the tape doesn't fix the issue, because it's like having a "white badge" saying out loud that "I am an american grad!". Let's forget about that "trick" of mine. My actual point here is that this is actually a big issue that the USMLE needs to reconsider nevertheless.
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The discrimination that they have in their mind and so they asked for the white tape is not between AMG/IMG, it's between the AMGs themselves, if the SP is originally from that place in New York and he/she sees the student from that nearby medical school they may then ignore their mistakes and help them out.
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Of course! I agree with you about the "between AMGs thing". But what makes you so sure that this is the only discrimination? Can someone say to me with complete confidence that I won't be discriminated against an SP who had a "bad day" or an issue with an immigrant last night or who knows what else!? I am talking very small numbers here I know, or maybe I am crazy and paranoid but when careers are at stake, hell this is important! I personally don't care about their reasons or whether this is for "between AMGs". What I care about is not having someone that bears ANY discriminatory sign even if this is a "white tape!". We pay so much money to them... Can't they just buy10 pairs of labcoats?
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I think that there will always be discrimination. That simply explains the existence of IMG-friendly and IMG-unfriendly residencies.

This is the first time I hear about the tape thing, but I'm not putting one. As Chessmatic said, you will be known to all as an IMG even before you speak sometimes. It all then depends on your professionalism to reverse the generally negative stigma associated with IMGs to a positive one.

As to SPs discriminating against you because of your race or accent, that would be scary, but I think the USMLE has trained those people well and they are given directions to be as unbiased as a robot. Otherwise, I think all IMGs would have failed.
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I was so surprised to hear all these discrimination. It shouldn't
as far as I understand American not usually practice discrimination as professional or political ways.
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tkourkou has a point and is helpful. All discussions are very helpful too.
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I was so surprised to hear all these discrimination. It shouldn't
as far as I understand American not usually practice discrimination as professional or political ways.
In real life, Americans are so practical, and they won't care about all of that as long as they can understand what you're saying. But may be some program directors are concerned about the cultural misunderstanding aspect that many IMGs have.
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