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April 7, 1951


Author Affiliations

New York

Executive Director, National Committee for Resettlement of Displaced Professionals, Inc.

JAMA. 1951;145(14):1059-1062. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920320033009

Last year Dr. Alexander M. Burgess presented a paper on "Resettlement of the Displaced Physician in the United States" at the Forty-Sixth Annual Congress on Medical Education and Licensure. The last paragraph of his paper mentioned a plan, then under consideration by the International Refugee Organization and the principal American agencies dealing with refugees, to establish special facilities to find resettlement opportunities in the United States for physicians and qualified members of other professions represented among the displaced persons then remaining in Europe. This special plan finally was put into operation in September 1950, through the creation of a temporary organization called the National Committee for Resettlement of Displaced Professionals.

During the intervening months of preparation a number of important changes had occurred. Many thousands of refugees had migrated from displaced person camps to various parts of the free world—many to take jobs as farmers, laborers, domestics or other positions

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