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How a UCLA program is training foreign, immigrant doctors to work in the U.S.
Long Beach Press-Telegram

As a resident physician in Havana, Hamlet Garcia Peña was trained to heal and even perform delicate eye surgery if needed.

But after he came to the United States, Garcia Peña worked with his hands to remove lead and asbestos from old rooftops and pack boxes into trucks, as well as assisting nurses in a home for people with mental illness. At one point, he even sold cars in the San Gabriel Valley.

“I came here to be a doctor. I always had that on my mind,” Garcia Peña, 33, said recently. “But I didn’t have the time to study or the money to buy the books.”

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