In the past two decades increasing numbers of foreign medical graduates (FMGs) have come to the United States, and many have stayed to add to our manpower pool. From 1950 through 1965 about 17,000 physicians whose basic medical education was obtained abroad were added to our licensed profession. Until recently the yearly increase of such licentiates has been about 1,400, or the output of 14 average-sized US medical schools. (For the past two years, the number of new foreign-trained licentiates has been 2,157 and 2,185 respectively.) Facilities to obtain such a group in the United States would cost nearly $1 billion dollars,1 aside from added operating costs. Often these individuals come from countries which can ill afford to lose such medical manpower, and we are accused of aiding a "brain drain" from those areas.
The total influx of all FMGs now annually exceeds the total number of graduates from medical
A National Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. JAMA. 1969;208(11):2155-2156. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160110127024