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April 20, 1940

ANNUAL CONGRESS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

JAMA. 1940;114(16):1580-1584. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810160019035

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Abstract

THE FEDERATION OF STATE MEDICAL BOARDS  February 13—Morning

The Refugee Physician  Dr. Joseph Pratt, Boston, and Dr. Irving Graef, New York: The recent immigration of foreign physicians has created problems which require candid discussion and a thorough exploration, since they affect our community and the immigrants who are to become new citizens in it. The National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, which I represent with its affiliated committees in different states began its functions on Feb. 1, 1939, and has tried to work out a constructive and mutually beneficial program to solve the problems presented by the refugees. Our central office has registered 1,646 foreign physicians who immigrated to the United States between 1933 and Jan. 1, 1940. We know that between 800 and 900 additional refugees had become more or less established in institutional work or in practice prior to our registration. Numerically the refugee physicians do not

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