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January 2, 1987

Clinical Training for Students of Foreign Medical Schools in US Hospitals

Author Affiliations

Williamsville, NY

Williamsville, NY

JAMA. 1987;257(1):27-28. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390010031014

To the Editor.—  The concerns expressed by Signer and Crowley in their article1 are quite valid, but the clinical training of foreign medical students in US hospitals is not as poorly supervised as the authors try to make us believe.To give you a personal example, I attended St George's University School of Medicine in Grenada and graduated in May 1982. My clinical rotations and electives were done in hospitals located in New York State. I worked alongside US-trained medical students. Not only did I find myself as well prepared as the US medical students for my clinical rotations, but I had no problem working and competing with them.In addition to being supervised by the same faculty that oversaw the US medical students, I was regularly supervised by St George's University. After each rotation, I was given a written examination administered by St George's University and proctored by