Opinion: ‘It shouldn’t be this hard’ for foreign-trained health professionals to work in the U.S.

When people ask if they should call me “doctor,” I’ve always answered, “Please, call me Lubab.”

Titles don’t matter to me. But what does matter to me is for America to acknowledge my medical training and the skills I honed as a physician in Iraq and to let me work here as a doctor, especially after having toiled on the frontlines of Covid-19 care alongside thousands of other foreign-trained health professionals: physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and others.

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