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November 18, 1983

GMENAC, AMA Policy, and the Pitfalls of Parkinson

JAMA. 1983;250(19):2633-2634. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340190035027

The caldron boils on how many doctors would be excessive, insufficient, or enough for this society. Immigrant foreign medical graduates in huge numbers (around 21% of total MDs) now populate the clinics and hospitals of the inner cities and rural areas. They are also sprinkled into the so-called more desirable areas and into positions of power and influence. The foreign medical graduate who is a US citizen is proliferating at a record rate, holds strong opinions as to birthright, and has allies in large numbers because of families and friends who are politically and economically potent. More medical schools in this country are producing more MD graduates than at any other time, although 1982 did witness a very slight decline in entering medical school freshmen.1 Non-MD or DO practitioners of healing (primarily dentists, nurses, pharmacists, podiatrists, psychologists, and acupuncturists) are burgeoning and all want their piece of the action.