[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
January 9, 1978

Foreign-born Medical Colleagues

JAMA. 1978;239(2):106. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280290026003

To the Editor.—  In his commentary "A Prescription for the Rising Cost of Medical Care" (237:2383-2384, 1977), Vernon H. Mark, MD, states that "all too often, when they finish their educational program, they enter the American medical system in areas where they are least needed." This quote is in reference to the ever increasing number of foreign-born medical graduates (FBMGs) who are swelling the physicians' ranks in this country. Even if this allegation is correct, in part or whole, Dr Mark's proposed solution to this problem is wrong both in principle and practice. He proposes to limit the FBMG to two years postgraduate training in this country: "This would prevent them from becoming Boardcertified" and theoretically discourage their entry into the "American medical system."In his aside concerning the surgical and medical specialties as well as elsewhere in his commentary, he favors simple solutions for complex problems. The problems he