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Training immigrant doctors
The Press-Enterprise

Dr. Jose Chavez arrived in Southern California with a medical degree from his native El Salvador. He wanted to work as a doctor but faced a daunting series of costly hurdles to obtain a U.S. medical license. Instead of treating patients in a region with a severe shortage of Spanish-speaking doctors, Chavez cleaned houses, worked in a meatpacking plant and installed flooring. “After working construction eight to ten hours, it’s impossible to study,” Chavez said. “You’re burned out.”