Indian Doctors, U.S. Landscape
  • For many people in the West, their first personal encounter with India is through their Indian physician. 
  • AAPI (American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin) has been and remains the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States and represents the interests of more than 61,000 physicians and over 17,500 medical students/residents of Indian heritage in the country. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and with chapters all over the United States, AAPI continues to play an important role in the USA, and is constantly adapting to the changing needs of its membership. 
  • Indian Physicians make up 5-10 percent of the nearly 1 million U.S. physicians, and many Indian physicians serve in the urban, rural and inner cities. 
  • Indian physicians in addition to their excellent professional competence also occupy influential positions in academic departments in hospitals, and medical schools and Indian physicians are also well represented in university and research institutions. 
  • It is estimated that 10%-12% of medical students entering US schools are of Indian Origin
  • According to the American Community Survey of the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian Indian population in the United States grew from almost 1,679,000 in 2000 to 2,570,000 in 2007: a growth rate of 53%, the highest for any Asian American community, and among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States.
  • Almost 40% of all Indians in the United States have a master’s, doctorate or other professional degree, which is five times the national average
  • The first Indian medical student in the USA was Ms Anandibai Joshee, who graduated in 1886 from the Womens Medical College in Philadelphia. Unfortunately she died soon after returning to India in 1887 after contracting tuberculosis.
  • Before Indian's independence , England was the favorite place for higher education in Medicine for Indian physicians. However after India's independence in 1947, many came to the USA to pursue their education. Many many doctors were willing to brave the cultural differences in their newly adopted country to achieve their goals of being good physicians
  • In the 1970s,many international medical graduates (IMG's) were recruited to help meet the physician deficit in the United States. Many of these IMGs came from India.