Dr. William Pinksy and Dr. Beatriz Wells spoke with America’s Work Force on July 3 to discuss the shortage of physicians in North America and what could be a viable solution to the problem.
Dr. William Pinsky, president of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, also known as ECFMG, began his segment on America’s Work Force by talking about what the ECFMG does and how they work to help solve the physician shortage in the U.S. Dr. Pinsky said that his company brings in people who passed their medical exams in different countries, puts them through an extensive vetting process, and then have them take the U.S. medical exam and get certified in the U.S. One of the benefits of this instead of finding recent medical school graduates is that the people who are put through the vetting process already have experience in the field and will be ready to work once they receive their medical license in the states. Dr. Beatriz Wills from Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore spoke about the environment of the medical field and her field of study.
Dr. Peter Cole, writer for In These Times Magazine and professor of history at Western Illinois University in Chicago talked about the formation of unions in California. He talked about the International Longshore and Warehouse Union formation and why maritime workers need different unions to represent their different voices and needs. Lastly, Dr. Cole spoke about how unions fought racism back in the early 1900’s in California.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the 121st month of the largest economic expansion in the United States and how one fifth of the United States most wealthy families hold 88 percent of all U.S. wealth.