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June 9, 1975

A View From South of the Border

Author Affiliations

From the North American Autonomous Students Association, Autonomous University of Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

JAMA. 1975;232(10):1036-1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250100032022

JUST who are the American men and women who study medicine in Guadalajara? Why are they here, what sort of education are they receiving, and how do they feel about living and studying in Mexico? Most important, what will become of them when they complete their studies and return home? A great deal of attention has been given to these questions of late in an attempt to evaluate this potential source of medical manpower, and the results have not always been clear. This is a view from the inside.

The only common factor uniting the American students at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) is a desire to learn medicine so strong that they have left their homes to study in a foreign land and an unfamiliar language. This may entail hardships that would be considered extraordinary for a medical student at home, but this experience may also result in