July 4, 1980

Foreign Medical School Education of American Citizens

Author Affiliations

Elkins Park, Pa

JAMA. 1980;244(1):29. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310010019012

To the Editor.—  The recent federal regulations governing the participation of foreigners in the American postgraduate medical education program will have a substantial impact on the staffing of many of our hospitals and health care facilities. There are now several restrictions placed on foreign medical students so that their option of electing to stay in this country, live here, and practice medicine here may become a virtual impossibility.1 At the present moment, there are literally thousands of foreign physicians who are staffing the various health facilities, eg, clinics, nursing homes, institutes, and hospitals. This number faces drastic reduction (241:917, 1979).2 How will we replace this lost specialized type of manpower? In the light of this question, the education of American citizens in foreign medical schools, and parenthetically, the program for training physicians' assistants, requires further critical scrutiny as well as constructive consideration.There are many American students enrolled