Dr. Raghuveer Kura, Opinion contributor Published 7:00 a.m. ET Nov. 5, 2020 | Updated 3:40 p.m. ET Nov. 5, 2020The shortages are so severe, I’ve been on call almost every night for 10 years. Foreign-born physicians can help, but we’re tied down, or kept out.For the past decade, I’ve been the only nephrologist (a specialist in diseases of the kidneys) serving the small rural community of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which is among the most medically underserved communities in the country. The doctor shortages are so severe that I’ve been on call nearly every night for 10 years.The United States is in the middle of a health care crisis: We are facing an ever growing shortage of doctors and nurses, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. Even New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for help from health care workers across the nation to work on the front lines against coronavirus there. There aren’t enough residency programs and clinical training sites for American medical students to complete their training. And those who do rarely settle down in rural communities like mine. It’s maddening to see so many Missourians in need. Even worse is the knowledge that an army of medical professionals are eager to help — but are powerless to do


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