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Foreign Medical Graduates: The Position of the American College of Physicians

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American College of Physicians, Washington, D.C.

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):963-964. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-963
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In an era of federal budgetary constraints and an apparent abundance of physicians, the appropriateness of federal funding of graduate medical education for foreign medical graduates is being questioned increasingly, particularly at a time when U.S. medical schools are being encouraged to reduce enrollments. Proposals that would simply end all funding of graduate medical education for foreign medical graduates fail to acknowledge the necessity of sharing America's medical knowledge with other nations, as well as the important contributions the foreign graduates make to the care of patients in this country who might otherwise be medically underserved.

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