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US rural areas brace for shortage of doctors after visa policy changes

Small-town America needs steady flow of foreign doctors for medical services

The friendliness that Dr Nammour found in Fargo reminded him of his home country Lebanon, he said. As a token of gratitude, one of his first patients brought him a Styrofoam box filled with freshly caught walleye, a fish that thrives in the state's lakes.

Dr Marineci, who is completing a fellowship at the University of Minnesota, said she was frazzled by being in limbo.

New York

IN Coudersport, Pennsylvania, a town in a mountainous region an hour's drive from the nearest Wal-Mart, Cole Memorial Hospital counts on two Jordanian physicians to keep its obstetrics unit open and is actively recruiting foreign specialists.

In Fargo, North Dakota, a...

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