Training Latino Doctors
Thanks to Anna Villarruel ’12 for sending this article.
From NBC Latino:
In California, where the Latino population is 39%, the percentage of Latino doctors is only 5%, leading to both linguistic and cultural barriers between doctors and patients. In order to improve the quantity and quality of care for Latino patients, the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) has instituted the International Medical Graduate’s (IMG) program. This program targets international physicians, predominantly from Latin America, already living in the United States and places them in a 3-year residency in family medicine. Since the its inception in 2006, 43 Hispanic doctors have graduated from IMG, the first program of its kind in the nation.