August 1961

Foreign Medical Graduates and Our Hospitals

Author Affiliations

Dr. Davidson is Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Director, Second and Fourth Medical Services (Harvard), Boston City Hospital, Boston.

From the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory and the Second and Fourth (Harvard) Medical Services, Boston City Hospital, and the Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Arch Intern Med. 1961;108(2):169-170. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620080001001

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On March 13 this year 6,637 medical students were matched with internships to begin July 1. Left vacant were 6,049 internships. Some of these will be filled by foreign medical graduates who have passed the qualifying examination, but the examination has reduced the number of qualified persons. For this and other reasons many internships will be unfilled. Many residencies will also be empty again, some being filled from overseas. This situation points up several problems to be solved.

  1. Where should graduates of United States and Canadian medical schools intern and have residency training?

  2. Who should take care of the patients in the hospitals without or with insufficient interns and residents?

  3. What should be done with the foreign medical graduates?

Interns and residents from United States and Canadian medical schools should apply for positions providing the best training. These years of training have become an integral part of

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