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Am J Public Health. 1999 Oct;89(10):1570-4.

The need of community health centers for international medical graduates.

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Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599-7590, USA. lenny_baer@unc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study sought to determine whether community health centers need international medical graduates to fill staff positions.

METHODS:

The authors surveyed 100 community health center administrators to learn about their perceptions of international medical graduates.

RESULTS:

Nationally, about one quarter of community health centers depend on international medical graduates to fill physician vacancies; most of these centers foresee unfilled positions in the event of a cutback.

CONCLUSIONS:

Policies calling for a national reduction in the supply of international medical graduates need to be balanced by an understanding of these individuals' role in reducing local physician shortages.

PMID:
10511843
PMCID:
PMC1508812
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.10.1570
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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