Foreign-Trained Docs Face Long Haul to Practice in U.S.

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The United States will be short about 60,000 doctors by 2015 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act will also require more primary care physicians. Foreign-trained doctors can help fill that that gap -- but the process of getting licensed in the U.S. can be expensive and time-consuming. We'll examine the role foreign medical graduates can play in filling doctor shortages.


Jose Ramon Fernandez-Pena, associate professor in the Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University and director of the Welcome Back Initiative, an international health worker assistance center

Atul Grover, doctor and chief public policy officer with the Association of American Medical Colleges

Bill Kelly, acting vice president for operations with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Nadia Fouladian, physician from Iran