San Juan draws physicians from faraway lands

They have prestigious degrees and far away homelands. They leapfrogged around the world in search of better medical training and for the time being, treat about 900 San Juan County patients every month. Full Story
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WoW

Farmington, NM

#1 Jul 17, 2011
I wonder if the editor's actually read these articles. We are undeserved for healthcare in San Juan County. Not underserved.We are illiterate as well.Good job daily mistake.
Another undeserved customer....
One healthy patient

Rio Rancho, NM

#2 Jul 17, 2011
..........Now these guys are all accepting new patients."..........

A CEO of SJHP doesn't have a better words to address 'physicians' as GUYS ???

And also

...As part of the training visas, the physicians are required to stay in the states and work in an undeserved area for three years...

So when three years up, they got their degree requirement ?- WHAT Farmington ?
culture clash

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jul 17, 2011
so how does a foreign Dr. whose culture and religion reject alcohol in any form view a patient who drinks alcohol ? Do these patients get the same care as a US Dr ?, or do they get berated and ignored for other conditions because the demon alcohol in the physicians culture causes all ills. Just a question.
MMB

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jul 17, 2011
culture clash wrote:
so how does a foreign Dr. whose culture and religion reject alcohol in any form view a patient who drinks alcohol ? Do these patients get the same care as a US Dr ?, or do they get berated and ignored for other conditions because the demon alcohol in the physicians culture causes all ills. Just a question.
Feel free not to use any MD that you don't trust. I am sure there are MDs born and raised in this country whose "culture and religion" reject such things as birth control, use of caffine etc. etc. As for me, getting good MDs of any kind into this area is a huge plus and I say welcome and thank you for being here.
Patient

Farmington, NM

#5 Jul 17, 2011
If the hospital politics would stop running the best off perhaps we could have doctors trained in the best schools in the world stick around for awhile. As it is, we're now recruiting from God knows where just to get some warm bodies so the hospital can continue billing...

Since: Jun 11

United States

#6 Jul 17, 2011
The Muslim invasion continues
US Marine Veteran

Corrales, NM

#7 Jul 17, 2011
I would like to Thank these individuals for their commitment to their profession......to better themselves as they help the community. They may be foreigners but no more foreign then all of America. As a Veteran, I have seen living conditions in other countries that are nothing compared to what US Citizens enjoy on a daily basis, be Thankful for what you have and what is provided.........it could be a whole lot worse!
ExcusesExcuses

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jul 17, 2011
Wow, just goes to show us that if we need urgent medical care go to Mercy Four Corners Regional Medical Center where the Doctors are already trained.

Thanks DT for the insight.
Desert_Angel

Farmington, NM

#9 Jul 17, 2011
I had a great awesome General PCP.... Had her for 2 years... SJR Politics pushed her out... Now she has left & I am stuck "training" a new DR...

Yes, I am one of those patience whom is very very active in their health care and treatment...

Thanks SJR for pushing out an awesome physician in favor of some "cheap" foreigner......

Can totally understand why this area is now full of "quacks"......

Cancer tests have to be sent to Cali.....

Neuro specialists' don't know how to read an MRI

& ER DRs are a crap shot as to whether you get one that cares or one that just wants to push you out the door.....

All thanks to SJR Politics......
Ender MD

Oakland, CA

#10 Jul 17, 2011
Did you guys miss something, your reading comprehension leaves something to be desired.

Most of these doctors have gone through plenty of education in their homeland first. Start a career there get a few years of experience. The to come over they pretty much start over at the residency level have three to four years of additional training, and from this article some are fellowship trained. This a lot more training and more recent training than many of many of the older longtime primary care doctors in the region, some of these guys are decades behind these new doctors.

As far as the culture thing I'm sure most of them will be very professional in respecting their patients culture. Now wether or not San Juan county can get over their predjuice is the question.

Welcome here doctors we hope you stay.
Uh Oh

Albuquerque, NM

#11 Jul 17, 2011
Three years for this community to have that many specialists is better than nothing you ungrateful dirt bag. Within those three years they will be able to help many people where as before...."WHAT"? Some people are never happy with anything no matter what. Just disgraceful.
One healthy patient wrote:
..........Now these guys are all accepting new patients."..........
A CEO of SJHP doesn't have a better words to address 'physicians' as GUYS ???
And also
...As part of the training visas, the physicians are required to stay in the states and work in an undeserved area for three years...
So when three years up, they got their degree requirement ?- WHAT Farmington ?
Turtle

Beverly Hills, CA

#12 Jul 17, 2011
The Dr Who wrote:
The Muslim invasion continues
Now we will need a mosque.
Separate swimming pools and shower areas.
Special places in all buildings for prayer time.
We will have to add a little sharia law just to start.
Say goodby to any reference to other religions in public places like Bloomfields monument.
Some people just don't get it.
They need to follow the Australian plight to get an example of what's to come.
Alot of these Drs degrees are fake or paid for.
But hey it could never happen here.
Dragon Lady

Thoreau, NM

#13 Jul 17, 2011
Been there done that, about the culture gap between America and third world countries.
Years ago my Dad had a doctor who had relocated here to Farminton from India,
When Dad took a turn for the worse, the doctor took me aside and informed me that in his country they don't waste medical care on patients who are too old to contribute to society any longer.
Credentials we can check, but what about the cultural bias that a doctor might be harboring?
Ender MD

Oakland, CA

#14 Jul 17, 2011
Dragon Lady wrote:
Been there done that, about the culture gap between America and third world countries.
Years ago my Dad had a doctor who had relocated here to Farminton from India,
When Dad took a turn for the worse, the doctor took me aside and informed me that in his country they don't waste medical care on patients who are too old to contribute to society any longer.
Credentials we can check, but what about the cultural bias that a doctor might be harboring?
Well the weatever your ethnicity or background is you had better get working on turning out some doctors that reflect your values, and beliefs then pay them enough to to stick enough around. Also work on having at least marginally acceptable schools for their kids, which is a huge limiting factor around here for retaining doctors in the community.
Dragon Lady

Thoreau, NM

#15 Jul 17, 2011
Ender MD wrote:
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Well the weatever your ethnicity or background is you had better get working on turning out some doctors that reflect your values, and beliefs then pay them enough to to stick enough around. Also work on having at least marginally acceptable schools for their kids, which is a huge limiting factor around here for retaining doctors in the community.
Talk about paying a doctor enough---the doctor sees you, then gives you a bill. I never once had any input on what a doctor charged, he set the price himelf.
As for education for their kids, Farmington schools aren't that bad. Plenty of schools in other areas are much worse.

I know of many doctors who retired from our area, simply because of age or ill health. And that helped to contribute to to a scarcity of physicians.
But whatever the reason,I just don't want to go to any doctor who doesn't believe that every patient deserves the very best care possible.
Reader

Kayenta, AZ

#16 Jul 17, 2011
Thanks to the physicians and nurses from far and wide who are willing to come here despite a small number of small minded people to care for our community. Thanks also the physicians and nurse who are from here and who stay - we need them, too.

There is a nation-wide shortage of PCPs, and these well-trained foreign-born physicians must go through the same licensure process as domestically trained physicians -- then are generally paid less to work in the same job. They should be applauded for choosing to relocate their families to a foreign culture to take care of us. We should be grateful.
Lee Farmington

Albuquerque, NM

#17 Jul 17, 2011
I'm sorry I thought you were Tech support
Lee Farmington

Albuquerque, NM

#18 Jul 17, 2011
Dragon Lady wrote:
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Talk about paying a doctor enough---the doctor sees you, then gives you a bill. I never once had any input on what a doctor charged, he set the price himelf.
As for education for their kids, Farmington schools aren't that bad. Plenty of schools in other areas are much worse.
I know of many doctors who retired from our area, simply because of age or ill health. And that helped to contribute to to a scarcity of physicians.
But whatever the reason,I just don't want to go to any doctor who doesn't believe that every patient deserves the very best care possible.
It is also because Medicare pays based on population from the 30s so reimberments are lower in Farmington than in albq 8000/25000 the Medicare reimbermenents have gone down while cost/patients have gone up any other industry would do the same move if cost vs payments so Doctors are leaving for greener pastuers who can blame them? every time Washington talks about cutting medicare/medicaid it's the Doctors and health care that's cut not the individual
What business can survive If Gov't required Car dealers to sell and price cars based on population in 1933 and every year cut the price?we'd all be walking or adopting horses
MS IV

Boston, MA

#19 Jul 17, 2011
I think it is great that there are well-trained physicians willing to relocate to Farmington (of all places!!) to treat patients in an underserved (and apparently un-appreciative) community.

Being from the Farmington area and getting close to finishing medical school, I'll eventually have to make the decision to return 'home' after residency training. It's really sad and heartbreaking to know that the sentiment of Farmington citizens is largely unappreciative, unsupportive, and highly critical. I agree with an earlier post, why not encourage more of our own Farmington-area students to continue their education into the medical fields to eventually come back? Be more open minded and accepting so that professionals new to the area will actually want to stay. After being away for school with just the few short trips home during breaks, it is easy to see how locals chase people away. Sad and very evident. And it is not an environment I would want to work in as a physician even though I'm from the area.
Mary

Farmington, NM

#20 Jul 17, 2011
These doctors are doing great job. We need them. Thanks.

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