Abroad Medical Faculties Supply Treatment for Scarcity of U.S. Docs

With U.S. medical schools struggling to produce enough doctors to meet demand in rural and other underserved areas, overseas programs dealing with their admission denial help fill the void.

International schools have long had the stigma of being expensive, mostly for-profit, and a little too close to the beach to study properly. And health professionals say many still have lax licensing standards and miserable results.

Given the uncertainty about whether the pipeline of foreign doctors will slow down due to stricter immigration regulations under the Trump administration, some offshore institutions have improved their images as their American graduates help meet a critical need in places like Louisiana and Wyoming.

New Jersey’s Chantel Taylor was rejected from more than 20 US medical schools with a 3.0 grade point average from Brown University and an “average” score on the MCAT medical school admissions test. To get her dream job as a general practitioner, she enrolled in a program that was launched eight years ago specifically for Americans – in Australia.

29-year-old Dr. Taylor participated in a joint program between the University of Queensland and the Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. She is now beginning her sophomore year at Louisiana State University’s rural family medicine program in Bogalusa, La., Where she does everything from delivering babies for uninsured mothers to caring for elderly patients with chronic conditions.