7 Jul 2007

American Samoa trainee doctors lose funding

8:29 am on 7 July 2007

The LBJ Hospital in American Samoa is no longer providing financial assistance for doctors who have not passed the United States Medical Licensure Examination to prepare for and sit the exam.

The hospital has in the past paid out 10,000 US dollars per doctor to prepare for and take the exam.

The acting chief medical officer of the LBJ, Dr. Victor Williams, says not one of the students who received financial assistance, have passed the exam.

Dr Williams says the doctors will now have to now pay for their own educational expenses and if they pass, the hospital will reimburse them provided they return and work at LBJ.