At the risk of appearing xenophobic, I ask this question:
What has happened to American doctors?
I have had contact with several medical groups during the past couple of years, and have noticed that most doctors were named Mohamed, or had Asian or unpronouncable (at least to me) names from Asia or the Asian subcontinent. I even had a Chinese surgeon who drove the nurses crazy by writing notes and orders in his native language.
The group with which I am presently associated has 200 doctors, four of whom are Americans. This morning I was sent home from an appointment after a doctor from India refused to serve me because I had not followed directions he and his office had failed to provide. He told me that he came here from India on a student visa, went to medical school, and is now raising his US-born children here.
Is there a shortage of American doctors? Why? Have they all gone out of the country to be medical missionaries?
I encountered a young man, born in California with American roots going back several generations. This Eagle Scout had maintained perfect grades from elementary school through a Master’s in biological science. He had what I considered excellent recommendations for medical school. He was denied admission to a tax-supported California school because the school had a quota to fill with foreign-born students. He had been trying for two years to find an American university that would accept him; he did receive an invitation to a medical school in México, but he didn’t speak Spanish, only English and high school German.
Are these things a California phenomenon or are these things nationwide?
Am I narrow-minded here? I don’t think so. My neighbor had an excellent brain surgeon from New Delhi, but I am acquainted with a former professor of neurosurgery from a respected university in México whose credentials were not judged good enough here for any position but dishwasher. My neighbor has been fortunate to have been served during more than 30 years by some outstanding neurosurgeons, most from the USA.
Am I prejudiced against foreigners? No, I am happy to say that this generation of my family includes people from Japan, México,
and Australia. My Native American blood is mixed with that of ancestors from Ireland, Germany, Italy and other European countries, and one of these gave us a great-uncle with roots in Africa.
Where are the American doctors?