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US specialists face unemployment

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 29 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1088

American doctors who have finished training in some specialties are finding it increasingly difficult to get a job. The problem is especially severe in big cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago and in a handful of specialties like anaesthesia, radiology, gastroenterology, and neurosurgery.

One newly trained ophthalmic surgeon was reportedly forced to measure refraction in an optical shop while seeking work in his specialty. A resident who had just completed her training in anaesthesiology at Mount Sinai Medical …

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