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FOREIGN-TRAINED MED PROFESSIONALS FACE BARRIERS IN MASS.

[Story Developing] An Iraq-educated urologist who translated for the U.S. Army, Laith Almatwari said he and other foreign-trained medical professionals who come to America can end up feeling like they're floating between two countries and two careers.

Many are refugees and asylum seekers who would be unsafe returning to their home countries, he said, but face challenges that keep them from practicing medicine here -- among them, difficulty obtaining spots in medical residency programs, required experience in the United States, and a licensing process that can be costly and time-consuming to navigate.


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