I know a lot of students go abroad to medical school because they haven’t gained admittance to a U.S. school. The most popular location for Indians seems to be India or the Caribbean. I have heard however that because these schools have the reputation of being less rigorous, life can be very difficult for those that go abroad to study or for foreign born doctors who want to later practice in the U.S. The Boston Globe Reports:
A Harvard Medical School assistant professor who was training to be a psychiatrist filed a federal lawsuit this week alleging that while serving in a residency program run by Harvard at a Brockton veterans’ hospital, he was discriminated against because he is from India.
Rajendra Badgaiyan, an assistant radiology professor for Harvard at Massachusetts General Hospital, alleges in his suit that he may not get his license to practice psychiatry because the director of the residency program was biased against Indian doctors and therefore made false claims about his performance.
What was it that let Badgaiyan to claim discrimination?
The suit alleges that after Badgaiyan joined the residency program in Brockton in 2001, Mushrush made “disparaging remarks concerning physicians of Indian extraction and about the quality of medical institutions and medical education in India.”
Ironically the Economic times reports (scroll down within the link) that a power group of Indian American doctors is urging congress to waive visas for Indian doctors:
The American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has joined rural and inner-city healthcare advocates in demanding the renewal of the Conrad-30 programme that expired June 1, 2004.
The Conrad-30 programme allows foreign-born doctors, also known as international medical graduates (IMGs), to stay in the US after the expiry of their temporary J-1 work visas as long as they promised to work in America’s most underserved communities like the rural areas. Without this J-1 visa waiver, the affected IMGs are required to go back to their country of origin before being permitted to apply to return to the US.