Trained in US residency programs, graduates of foreign medical schools supply vital needs.
Primary care, particularly in rural areas, has a growing shortage of physicians to meet the population’s needs. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, by 2025, the nation could need 35,600 more primary care doctors than it will have. For other specialties, the shortfall could be more than 60,000.
Medical schools in the U.S. are not keeping up with demand. They simply aren’t training enough students. The U.S. is making up the difference with foreign-trained doctors, who are 25 percent of the nation’s doctors.
Read about a J-1 visa program that seeks to fill the need and the rigors applicants must complete in a Minnesota story in The St Cloud Times.
View a compelling graphic from the Association of American Medical Schools