A special program has been inaugurated by the New England Hospital, Boston, in the belief that international relations as well as the care of patients would be improved if extra consideration were shown to alien physicians serving as interns and residents in United States hospitals. Since this hospital is staffed entirely by women—men being included only on its consulting and courtesy staffs—the program was conceived primarily to aid foreign women physicians. There are more than 5,000 alien physicians from 83 different countries now in training in the United States. Of these, 12.3% are women.1 When these physicians return to their homelands, they will come in contact with thousands of their countrymen as patients. It is evident, therefore, that they possess tremendous potentialities for promoting friendship with the United States.
That such a program should originate at this 93-year-old hospital is not surprising. Here was established the first school of
Bearse C. NEW ENGLAND HOSPITAL PLAN FOR ALIEN WOMEN PHYSICIANS: GUEST EDITORIAL. JAMA. 1956;160(7):562. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960420042012
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