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Career Counseling for Afghan Refugees

These videos are part of a series designed to prepare refugees who have recently arrived in the U.S. with previous medical or healthcare experience to restart their professional careers. The first set of videos covers an introduction to the U.S. health system and its various components. The second set of videos explores potential employment pathways that exist within those segments of the U.S. health system. We wish you success as you navigate this challenging transition. Please see the links below to get connected with our partners for free additional support.

For more information on career-seeking support and skill development, visit the website for our partner, UpwardlyGlobal:

To learn more about the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University, visit:

Below are videos about the American Healthcare System:

Below are guides to pathways to different careers in healthcare:

Steps to U.S. Medical Residency Webinar

Dr. Hosai Hesham presents basic information about the U.S. medical system, medical school, residency, and other allied health fields. This was presented to newly arrived Afghan medical professionals at Fort Dix.

Preparing newly arrived Afghan Medical Professionals for re-entry into the medical field

Re-entering the medical field as an international medical graduate or provider can be overwhelming. AMPAA is here to assist newly arrived medical professionals in navigating new career applications, training, further education, and more.  

Assistance with USMLE and board examination

AMPAA provides opportunities for mentorship for newly arrived Afghan medical graduates in preparing for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) examination and residency applications. ​

United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE):

This three-step examination for medical licensure is required for all practicing physicians practicing in the United States. USMLE assesses a physician’s ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.

Externship and Mentorship opportunities and Job Search Assistance information are coming soon.

AMPAA volunteers provide assistance with resume building, job search, and the application processes.

Connect with other Afghan Americans

AMPAA provides opportunities for newly arrived Afghans to connect with the Afghan-American communities across the country through social events, scientific sessions, online events, and more. 

For more information about Career Counseling for Afghan Refugees, please email us at