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March 19, 1960


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Montreal, Quebec.

JAMA. 1960;172(12):1321-1322. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020120099026

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To the Editor:—  The editors should be congratulated for suggesting, in the editorial appearing in The Journal, Nov. 14, "America's Responsibility to the Foreign Medical Graduate," a common agreement with regard to the basic eligibility of the fully qualified foreign physician for certification by American specialty boards. Being a graduate physician from India, I am personally concerned, and although it is just a suggestion it will be warmly received by foreign doctors generally.The banning of foreign graduates from American specialty board examinations has always been the greatest single hindrance to the physicians of my own country in pursuing postgraduate experience and gaining prestige in the United States, mecca of world medicine. Foreign physicians have struggled to climb the ever narrowing pyramid of residency training for five or six golden years of their lives in the United States, only to find at the end that they are discriminated against. They

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