BEACON TRANSCRIPT – British Medical Journal published a study that showed that Medicare patients treated by doctors who had graduated from foreign medical schools have a 5 percent lower chance of dying than those who are treated by doctors who graduated from an American medical school.
Ironically, the study appeared immediately after President Trump signed the order that blocked the access in the United States of people coming from seven Muslim countries. This affected many Muslim doctors and sparked protests all around the country.
Five researchers from Harvard Medical School started the study which implied the analysis of Medicare data on patients who received medical services from more than 40,000 internists in about 1.2 million hospitals and healthcare units all around the United States. After 30 days of being hospitalized, the patients who were treated by foreign graduates showed an 11.2 percent mortality rate, while those treated by U.S. graduates showed an 11.6 percent mortality rate.
Also, the results showed that these foreign graduates spent a little more time with their patients, but the difference was not significant. Keep in mind that the study was concerned with doctors who were born and studied in other countries, not those who were born in the U.S. but graduated in different countries.
However, these results make great generalizations. They put together a wide variety of people with different cultural backgrounds and who received different types of schooling. Of course, this leads to the creation of stereotypes which, even though in this case they are positive, may bring erroneous conclusions.
A previous study led by Dr. Tsugawa for JAMA Internal Medicine found that patients treated by female doctors were less likely to die. This suggests one thing. Many Americans contain some doses of racism and misogyny and may be a little suspicious of those who are different. Therefore, people who are less favorized, such as women or people from different ethnic groups, need to be better professional and more specialized to have access in a prestigious medical institution.
Therefore, since immigrants had to surpass so many obstacles to be part of an American community, they are bright people who can face any challenge. The foreign medical professionals are extremely qualified and they have worked harder than the local doctors to occupy the places in the hospitals. Thus, it is understandable that international graduates always score great results in the treatment of their patients.
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