January 11, 2016 | Number of The Day
Number of NJ doctors who are internationally trained

It probably comes as little surprise to anyone who lives in the Garden State, but New Jersey ranks first for the number of internationally trained doctors, with 38.4 percent of its physicians being graduates of international medical schools.

The majority of these doctors are immigrants who have moved after obtaining a medical degree, serving their residencies in the United States. But others are U.S. citizens who couldn’t get into medical schools here and thus train elsewhere. Some U.S. hospitals have agreements with these schools to offer graduates residencies.

New Jersey has an unusually high number of internationally trained doctors, although New York is nearly as high with 37.1 percent. Nationally, the rate is 18.4 percent.