Items Tagged ‘immigrant’

These doctors are new to the U.S., but not to doctoring

July 27, 2017

These doctors are new to the U.S., but not to doctoring

By Tami Dennis Tami Dennis

Dr. Edna Elvira Biddy, Dr. Brenda Green, Dr. Jose Javier Hernandez and Dr. Olga Meave share a certain bond with their patients. They all understand barriers within health care. For their patients in medically underserved areas of the state, one primary barrier has been a shortage of physicians. After all, the U.S. Department of Health […]

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Tags: immigrant, Michelle Bholat, UCLA International Medical Graduate Program


Immigrant patients get care, connection from immigrant physician

July 17, 2017

Immigrant patients get care, connection from immigrant physician

By Tami Dennis Tami Dennis

California’s rural Kings County has far fewer doctors than the patient-to-doctor ratio that defines a federal “shortage” – 3,500-to-one. It also has a high percentage of immigrant farmworkers, many with customs and perceptions of health that most U.S.-born doctors wouldn’t understand. Both of these factors make Dr. Jose Javier Hernandez an important part of the […]

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Tags: immigrant, International Medical Graduate Program, Michelle Bholat


Sisters become doctors, lawyers after childhood of farm labor

July 13, 2016

Sisters become doctors, lawyers after childhood of farm labor

By Elaine Schmidt Elaine Schmidt

Luz Corona Gomez never forgot what her mother advised her sisters and her 20 years ago, as they crouched in the dust to help their parents pick grapes from the sweltering farm fields of the San Joaquin Valley. “She said, ‘You have to get an education, so you don’t work in the dirt like us,’ […]

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Tags: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, family, farm worker, grape picker, gynecology, high achievers, Hispanic, immigrant, Latino, low-income, Mexico, minority