U of M Program For Immigrant Doctors Loses Funding

Sharon Rieger's picture
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A University of Minnesota program that helps immigrant doctors qualify to practice in Minnesota has fallen victim to last month's state budget agreement.

Lawmakers eliminated funding for the $150,000 program during the last-minute negotiations, Minnesota Public Radio reported today.

The program has allowed three doctors from Somalia, after years of professional limbo, to begin their residency training, which is usually a difficult proposition for immigrant doctors who received their medical degrees years ago.

Dr. Jibril Elabe was in his early 30s when he fled Somalia's civil war 11 years ago. With a medical degree and eight years of intense field experience to his credit, he hoped he would be able to continue his career in his new home.

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