That hands-on training is helpful when they come back to the U.S., said Dr. Susan Grossman, who runs the program for medical residents at Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn, which has three ELAM graduates. By the time doctors start their residencies, said Grossman, they have a lot more clinical experience than the typical American medical school graduate.
Woodhull, a public hospital, specializes in patient-centered community care, making the ELAM graduates a natural fit. “All three of these residents are very patient-focused and have excellent communication skills,” said Grossman. “I don’t know if that’s because of their training or their personalities. They have excellent clinical training.”