International Medical Graduates Contribute Significantly to New York's Health Care System

    • July 22, 2002

From 1997 through 2000, Health Research conducted research on the role that international medical school graduates play in New York State's health care delivery system.

International medical school graduates are an important component of the physician workforce in the United States and in New York in particular.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Generalist Provider Research Initiative.

Key Findings

  • Key findings on international medical graduates reported in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association include:

    • In New York, they are major providers of services as both physicians in training and practicing physicians.
    • Many practice in underserved areas, but are less likely to do so than U.S.-trained physicians.
    • Many teaching hospitals are highly dependent them.
    • Policies that specifically target reduction of their numbers should be discouraged.