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Medical educational exchange possible with Dongying

Midland Reporter-Telegram (Internet / Print) 07/04/06http://www.mywesttexas.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16878843&BRD=2288&PAG=461&dept_id=475626&rfi=6 A limited number of work visas offered by the United States and a need to learn English make bringing registered nurses from Dongying, China, to Midland a long-term possibility rather than an immediate one. Midland Memorial Hospital Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services Margaret Robinson recently returned from a trip to Midland's sister city after looking into the possibility of bringing Chinese nurses here to fill some of registered nurse vacancies. Robinson was among about 30 delegates who traveled to Dongying. She and four other group members met with five Dongying officials about healthcare issues. They were looking at hospitals of the future, partly because they don't have the same labor issues West Texas does in finding nurses and recruiting doctors. "They are very interested in physicians potentially coming to the United States for an educational exchange," she said. This could be done through University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.



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