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September 30, 1974

Residencies and the Foreign Medical Problem

JAMA. 1974;229(14):1865. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230520013010

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To the Editor.—  As a foreign medical graduate in a residency program in the United States, I found your editorial, "Residency Training" (228:1578, 1974) very distressing.I think I am capable of analyzing from a different point of view the vexing situation created by the immigration of foreign medical graduates to the United States. I would like to pose some ideas on how to solve the growing imbalance in the distribution and subspecialties caused by the stay in the United States of "ninety percent" of foreign physicians after completing their residency training.Measures that may be attempted to correct this situation will probably directly affect those who come to the United States to obtain a better training than is available in their own countries and who plan to return and use that added knowledge for the betterment of health in their native countries.These physicians do not affect residency problems;