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Study of Soviet Physicians Resettling in Chicago

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Patricia Vile

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Health (Physicians, nurses, and other health personnel)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Employment; Immigration; Advocacy

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Despite the obstacles that Soviet physicians face in achieving licensure and recertification in this country, many are aggressively trying to enter the U. S. medical care system. A survey of 75 physicians who resettled in the Chicago metropolitan area between 1987 and 1990 found lack of English skills and age over 33 to be two primary obstacles and concluded that most will not be able to gain licensure in this country. As a result of the survey, the Chicago Jewish Vocational Service has altered its policy toward Soviet physicians.