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Integrating International Medical Graduates into the Physician-Scientist Pool
  1. Dharmapuri Vidyasagar
  1. From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, and Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  1. Address correspondence to: Dr. Dharmapuri Vidyasagar, Department of Pediatrics, 840 South Wood Street, M/C 856, Chicago, IL 60612.

Solution to the Problem of Decreasing Physician-Scientists in the United States


There is an increasing shortage of physician-scientists in the United States, threatening future medical research. There are several factors that dissuade US medical graduates from entering into physician scientists careers. This article proposes that international medical graduates (IMGs) who have contributed to the physician work force in the under serviced rural health system could also be a great source to meet the increasing physician-scientist demand. Mechanisms to allow IMGs to enter into the physician-scientist career track in the United States are suggested.

Key words
  • physician work force
  • physician-scientists
  • international medical graduates
  • Conrad 30 program

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