Iraq-Minnesota connections: Jamela Hasoon’s story — and how U.S. is losing out on medical professionals


“The United States is losing out on highly talented, skilled, educated, experienced physicians,” says Mimi Oo of the African and American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development. Jamela Hasoon is one of those physicians.

Hasoon was an anesthesiologist for 25 years in Iraq, before becoming a refugee and eventually ending up in Minnesota. She tells her story in this video — a collaboration between Alice, filmmaker Nathan Fisher, artist Monica Haller, The Advocates for Human Rights, and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. For more information, visit Her story illustrates the difficulties faced by experienced medical professionals who come to the United States and need to complete a residency before being licensed in this country.

More videos and books by Iraqi refugees and U.S. soldiers can be viewed here.

A January 24 reception for U.S. vets and Iraqi refugees who told their stories through the Veterans Book Project will be 7-9 p.m. at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business, Schulze Hall Atrium, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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Iraq-Minnesota connections: Jamela Hasoon’s story — and how U.S. is losing out medical professionals
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