Patients in Alexandria, La., were the friendliest people Dr. Muhammad Tauseef ever worked with. They’d drive long distances to see him, and often bring gifts.
“It’s a small town, so they will sometimes bring you chickens, bring you eggs, bring you homemade cakes,” he says.
One woman even brought him a puppy.
“That was really nice,” he says.
Tauseef was born and raised in Pakistan. After going to medical school there, he applied to come to the U.S. to train as a pediatrician.
It’s a path thousands of foreign-born medical students follow every year — a path that’s been around for more than half a century. And, like most foreign-born physicians, Tauseef came on a J1 visa. That meant after training he had two options: return to Pakistan or work for three years in an area the U.S. government has identified as having a provider shortage.