Immigrant Doctors Must Take New Tests to Practice Here

Immigrant physicians are required to pass a special licensing examination to be admitted into practice in New York, under a resolution adopted by the State Board of Regents in Albany, which became effective today.

Contrary to reports published in Berlin, the rule does not require foreign physicians to furnish evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves for a year. The latter report, according to a J.T.A. dispatch from Berlin, caused concern among Jewish medical circles, since many Jewish physicians intend to emigrate from Germany to the United States this Winter.

The Federal immigration law requires that all immigrants give evidence of having sufficient resources so that they will not become public charges.

The requirement for an examination, which is mandatory before the Regents will indorse licenses issued in foreign countries, is a departure from the previous rule, which required proof of five years’ practice and an English examination.

The J.T.A. correspondent in Berlin estimated that about 500 Jewish and “non-Aryan” doctors have emigrated from Germany to the United States since 1934.

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