Dr. Warren: Dr. John Homans used to deplore the necessity of putting people and things into pigeonholes to classify them for discussion. No group is more subject to the danger of pigeonholing than the one labeled Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG). Of the 57,000 FMGs in the United States in 1970, a total of 87 countries and 570 medical schools were represented. Ten percent were United States citizens. Of the remainder, only 7% came from countries where English was the first language. Some pigeonhole! Differences in educational and cultural backgrounds within the whole group are so enormous that they defy analysis. But the problem created by the difficulties in communication and understanding, so important for the health care team, must be discussed and, if possible, analyzed. This symposium will focus primarily on this aspect of the problem as it affects the team in general and the FMG personally.
Dr. William Sodeman
Sodeman WA, Casteneda AR, Moore FD, Warren R. The Foreign Medical Graduate's Role in American MedicineA Seminar. Arch Surg. 1973;107(3):476-482. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350210104029