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Changing Immigration Policies Could Spell Bad News For Valley’s Doctor Pipeline

As the San Joaquin Valley struggles with a shortage of primary care physicians, one group in particular is stepping in to fill in the gaps: doctors born or trained in foreign countries. And while the planned repeal of the DACA program is President Trump’s most recent immigration policy change, he’s hinted at others that could influence the flow of foreign physicians into the Valley. This installment of our series Struggling For Care explores the valley’s complicated relationship with international doctors. Dr. Olga Meave is a third-year family medicine resident in Bakersfield. She spends most of her time with patients in a Clinica Sierra Vista health center on the outskirts of the city. Meave was born in northern Mexico. From a young age, she aspired to be a doctor—like her mother. But she wanted to practice in the U.S. After a high school exchange program in New York, Meave attended medical school in Guadalajara before returning to the U.S. Though she was already a practicing
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