KQED Profiles Program To Help Immigrant Health Care Professionals Earn Accreditation in United States
KQED's "California Report" yesterday profiled the Welcome Back: International Health Worker Assistance Center, a program in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles that trains immigrant health care professionals for jobs in the U.S. health care system (Wiederholt, "California Report," KQED, 2/3). Many immigrants cannot obtain jobs in the system because of language and educational barriers, although they have received medical instruction and certification in their home nations (California Healthline, 3/20/01). About 4,000 individuals have participated in the program and received instruction to help them re-enter medical professions or find related fields of work; several foreign-trained nurses in San Francisco have passed their license exams, and more than 15 foreign-trained physicians have begun to interview for residency programs, according to KQED ("California Report," KQED, 2/3). The full segment is available online in RealPlayer Audio.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.