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23rd Aug '17 3:25:19 AM PaulA
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* In the Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.

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* In the Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', ''Literature/TheSerpentsShadow'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.
11th Jun '17 6:22:14 AM Anddrix
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* A one-time game in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies the "This Is Your Life" type of reality gameshow, and Colin Mochrie, as a voice from Wayne Brady's past, rants about how Wayne took his job as a sewer worker. Wayne follows up by claiming that Colin is a Mexican immigrant ([[FridgeLogic despite not having the accent]]), whereupon [[GenreSavvy Colin]] claims to have taken "four years of English literature".

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* A one-time game in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' parodies the "This Is Your Life" type of reality gameshow, and Colin Mochrie, as a voice from Wayne Brady's past, rants about how Wayne took his job as a sewer worker. Wayne follows up by claiming that Colin is a Mexican immigrant ([[FridgeLogic despite not having the accent]]), whereupon [[GenreSavvy Colin]] Colin claims to have taken "four years of English literature".
7th Jun '17 11:16:52 AM Discar
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* Hide from ''TheOffice'' was a renowned heart surgeon in Japan, but is a warehouse worker in the States. (However, he's probably laying low because he [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentofAwesome screwed over]] the {{Yakuza}}.)]]
** Also, when Michael Scott is working in a call center to get extra money, he meets Vikram, a more successful coworker.
-->'''Vikram''' I was a surgeon back home, you know
-->'''Michael Scott''' I wonder what I would've been back home

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* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Hide from ''TheOffice'' was a renowned heart surgeon in Japan, but is a warehouse worker in the States. (However, he's probably laying low because he [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentofAwesome screwed over]] the {{Yakuza}}.)]]
** Also, when When Michael Scott is working in a call center to get extra money, he meets Vikram, a more successful coworker.
-->'''Vikram''' --->'''Vikram:''' I was a surgeon back home, you know
-->'''Michael Scott'''
know.\\
'''Michael Scott:'''
I wonder what I would've been back homehome.
18th Apr '17 10:33:29 AM FF32
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* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_Sa0ykUeuY this]] ''Creator/{{Funhaus}}'' video, Omar jokes that he was a doctor in Cuba, but can only get work as a video editor in America.
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8th Mar '17 6:17:49 PM nombretomado
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* In the MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.

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* In the MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey novel ''[[Literature/ElementalMasters The Serpent's Shadow]]'', Maya, who had been a practising doctor for years in India, had to take her examination records to a local hospital and be interviewed by its chief surgeon before she would be allowed to open her own practise in London.
3rd Feb '17 2:45:25 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''What Does the K Stand For?'', Stephen K. Amos describes how his parents were a nurse and an engineer in Nigeria, but a domestic and a bus driver in London.
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12th Jan '17 8:07:57 PM NinjaLore
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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so.

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* Featured on ''Series/{{ER}}'' where recurring foreign nurse "Bob" (not her real name) has to save a patient when all the doctors are busy. Turns out she's a cardiac surgeon from Eastern Europe. The other nurses are horrified as they don't know that she knows what she's doing, and she's horrified she's blown her chance at the hospital, or even to stay in the country. Dr. Carter assures her that's not so. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome And then she's never heard from again.]]
3rd Dec '16 4:08:40 PM lucy24
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* In the ''Literature/WomanWarrior'' (a memoir), MaxineHongKiston's mother was a damn good doctor in China; when she moved to the US, she opened up a laundromat with her husband.

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* In the ''Literature/WomanWarrior'' (a memoir), MaxineHongKiston's the memoir ''Woman Warrior'', Maxine Hong Kingston's mother was a damn good doctor in China; when she moved to the US, she opened up a laundromat with her husband.
30th Nov '16 2:42:11 PM Kombucha
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It's not a constant occurrence, but it's been seen on a few occasions (mainly in {{Sitcom}}s): Whenever there's a foreigner who's a janitor/other mediocre job, they occasionally mention that "In [[TheOldCountry old country]], I was neurogeneticist/aeronautical engineer/other fancy job."

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It's not a constant occurrence, but it's been seen on a few occasions Sometimes (mainly in {{Sitcom}}s): Whenever there's {{Sitcom}}s) a foreigner who's with a janitor/other mediocre job, they occasionally mention job such as janitor mentions that "In [[TheOldCountry old country]], I was neurogeneticist/aeronautical engineer/other fancy job."
30th Nov '16 2:36:34 PM Kombucha
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In RealLife, professional bodies generally treat overseas qualified professionals according to their experience. Someone just a few years out of medical school may find this trope playing straight. An person with years of practice in his field may avert this trope.

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In RealLife, professional bodies generally treat overseas qualified professionals according to their experience. Someone just a few years out of medical school may find this trope playing straight. An A person with years of practice in his field may avert this trope.
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