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September 4, 1987

Foreign Medical Graduates in the United States

Author Affiliations

Randallstown, Md

Randallstown, Md

JAMA. 1987;258(9):1175. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400090059025

To the Editor.—  The article entitled "Foreign Medical Graduates in US Postdoctoral Programs: Concern Rises as Total Declines"1 published in the MEDICAL NEWS & PERSPECTIVES section was informative and interesting.It is surprising and shocking to know that Dr Casterline and Dr Mou of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) are concerned about the declining numbers of foreign medical graduates coming to the United States for clinical training under the category of exchange visitors. They are overlooking the main issue—that of foreign medical graduates who are now living in this country as permanent aliens and who are being forced to do odd jobs. The American people forget that a few years ago, when Americans needed the help of foreign physicians, they encouraged these physicians to come to this country, leaving behind their families to help people who needed medical care. Now, all of a sudden things have changed,