International medical graduates account for about one quarter of all physicians in graduate medical education in the United States. Within that cohort, there are more than 12,500 foreign national physicians, sponsored by ECFMG on the J-1 visa, providing critical health care services and cultural diversity. ECFMG is designated by the U.S. Department of State as the sole BridgeUSA sponsor for J-1 exchange visitor physicians enrolled in accredited programs of graduate medical education or training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, J-1 physicians have played a vital role on health care teams that are stretched to the limit. This is the story of Dr. Shreya Doshi:
Home Country: India
Training Site: Sinai Hospital, Maryland
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“I wanted to come here because I wanted to pursue training in a different environment, have new experiences, and new training opportunities, and also work with people from a diverse background.”
— Dr. Shreya Doshi