In this March 9, 2011 photo, Maria Montenegro, originally from Colombia, poses for a picture in New York. As a family practitioner Montenegro estimates she saw thousands of patients after finishing ... more 
In this March 9, 2011 photo, Maria Montenegro, originally from Colombia, poses for a picture in New York. As a family practitioner Montenegro estimates she saw thousands of patients after finishing medical school in Bogota. Obstetrics, pediatrics, emergency medicine, even surgery - she did it all. But since coming to the United States she's had to work as a sales clerk, babysitter, medical assistant - and that last one definitely rubbed raw at times. “I know I was working in my field,” the 34-year-old Queens resident said. “But that is medical assistant. I’m a doctor.” less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Seth Wenig
Mon, Mar 28, 2011 8:14 PM EDT