Op-Ed from Upwardly Global CEO in The Chicago Tribune: Internationally Trained Doctors Can Help Solve Illinois’ Doctor Shortage

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“Between 2017 and 2021, online job ads for health care professionals increased by almost 60% in large metro counties and soared to 105% in rural counties. However… Internationally trained doctors in America have long faced barriers to working in their fields. Even those who have practiced for years in their home countries must repeat much of their training in U.S. medical residency programs. But residency programs are strongly biased toward American applicants. Despite strong qualifications, international applicants are accepted at roughly half the rate of their American counterparts, according to the National Resident Matching Program and the nonprofit Upwardly Global, which works to remove employment barriers for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. State testing and licensure also costs thousands of dollars and years of missed income and opportunity to serve.”

Read more of the article written by Upwardly Global President & CEO Jina Krause-Vilmar and Jeremy Robbins, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council, in the Chicago Tribune. 

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