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September 4, 1987

Foreign Medical Graduates in the United States-Reply

JAMA. 1987;258(9):1175. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400090059027

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In Reply.—  Dr Khera's letter is beside the point. Even if he thinks it is the main issue, it was not the issue discussed in the article.The article did not deal by definition with those foreign medical graduates who are now living in the United States. It dealt with the fact that today there are few foreign medical graduates, natives of foreign countries, coming to the United States for medical training and returning to their native countries to practice medicine there. In the opinion of those who were interviewed and quoted in the article, this situation should be reversed, and it is in the best interests of the United States to do so.I see nothing "shocking" in encouraging foreigners to take graduate training in the United States in any discipline. I am a graduate of a foreign university myself and I value the two years of advanced education