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October 7, 1961

Foreign Medical Graduates and Their Surgical Training

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Surgery, Indiana University Medical Center.

JAMA. 1961;178(1):34-37. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400036007

THE OCCURRENCE of a second world war. within the span of one generation brought about among many of us not only a starkly realistic appreciation of the horror, waste, and futility of war, but also a sincere desire to do everything possible to avert another. The widespread deployment of our military personnel around the globe, the warmth with which we were received by our allies, the ease with which stimulating and often lasting friendships were made, and especially the understanding brought about by such travel and intermingling made it evident that here lay a fruitful avenue for building a true basis for peaceful international cooperation. These events came about at a time when many of the peoples of the world were looking upon our nation as the leader in the field of medicine. A great opportunity was suddenly ours. Thousands of fledgling physicians and surgeons turned to us for opportunities