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My name is Antonio Figueroa and I am a Board Certified Pediatrician practicing in Brownsville, Texas. I am writing this letter to acknowledge the significant impact and assistance that COPHYLA provided me at a critical time in my career and to recommend COPHYLA to any physician seeking to enter the American health care system.

I became a member of COPHYLA in the 1990s when I was seeking to incorporate as a medical doctor in the United States. COPHYLA provided me with the necessary study materials that were critical to successfully completing the overseas medical testing requirements and provided me with access to members with extremely helpful experience with the extensive onboarding requirements.

It has been a real pleasure to witness COPHYLA's network of professionals, resources, and influence grow exponentially over the years. I am grateful for COPHYLA's help and for the opportunity to be involved in such a professional, dedicated and effective organization. Highly recommending COPHYLA to any doctor looking to incorporate as a doctor in the United States.
Antonio Figueroa
M.D., F.A.A.P.
It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I write this letter to acknowledge the tremendous impact that COPHYLA has had on my career as a physician. I have been a member of COPHYLA since 2018.

Navigating the United States healthcare industry is quite daunting and overwhelmingly complex for someone with no experience or formal guidance, and COPHYLA provided me with the support, guidance and information to successfully enter the job market as a healthcare professional. health.

With an ever-growing network of professionals, COPHYLA was able to connect me with mentors, career paths, and job opportunities that I would not have been able to obtain on my own and my willingness to further my skills and experiences.

Thanks to the continued support of COPHYLA and the wonderful people I met, I was able to successfully join a medical residency program in California, where I currently work and reside. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of the Consortium and highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in taking their healthcare profession to the next level.
Roman Felix
My name is Arturo Castillo, I am a doctor from Mexico. I graduated from medical school in Zacatecas, Mexico, where I practiced for 11 years at the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social and a private practice in Atolinga, Zacatecas from 1982 to 1993. My wife Olga, children Byanca and Erick, and I came to California for Karla to be born, the youngest. Where we are, he stayed to work and live.

We quickly learned that I couldn't pursue my career without having a US equivalent license. As a result, we started looking at possibilities to legalize my license here.

I've heard about COPHYLA. A wonderful corporation that has opened the doors for many doctors, nurses, psychologists, and dentists to quickly obtain licenses that will allow them to return to work in the medical field as physician assistants, EKG technicians, or phlebotomists. In addition, COPHYLA also offers preparation courses to pass the MD exams in the United States. As well as opportunities to take college courses, translate degrees, and process degree equivalencies in order to apply to programs such as RN, PA, NP, etc.

It was difficult for many of us to balance work and studies in a foreign country. However, some of us never give up the idea of ​​meeting those requirements and persevere until we achieve our goals. And out of that group, some of us managed to get licensed to become MDs, PAs, NPs, and RNs.

I was part of that group. In 2007, a two-year PA program was completed in the San Joaquin Valley. University in Visalia, CA. Since then, he has proudly worked as a personal assistant in California. My particular process was the following:

1. I came to California from Mexico.

2. With the help of COPHLYA, get certified as a Physician Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomist.

3. I translated my degree and was able to get a bachelor's degree equivalency here.

4. I attended Citrus and Fullerton universities to complete the prerequisite classes needed to apply to the PA programs. These courses include Sociology, Religion, Chicano Studies, US History, Psychology, Algebra, Spanish, and English 101.

5. I was also able to take an ultrasound technician course through COPHLYA which helped me. I am tremendously amazed when it applies to PA programs.

My family and I would not be where we are without the guidance and support of this program. Thanks to COPHYLA I have been able to continue practicing medicine as a Medical Assistant in my own private clinic under the supervision of my son, Erick, who followed in my footsteps and became a Doctor of Medicine here in the United States.

In closing, I would like to congratulate COPHYLA on its 32nd anniversary as it will support foreign professionals in the field of medicine. A special thanks and appreciation is due to Dr. Rolando Castillo, Director General of COPHYLA.
Arturo Castillo
My name is Italia Solorzano; I was born and raised in Ecuador. I immigrated to the United States with my family in 1993.

In Ecuador I did my higher studies, graduating as a Doctor and shortly after I finished my specialty as a Pediatrician.

In 1996 I had the opportunity to be introduced to the COPHILA non-profit organization under the direction of Dr. Rolando Castillo.

After completing all prerequisites at Fullerton and San Antonio College, I began attending Charles Drew University/UCLA School of Medicine, graduating as a Medical Associate in 2001.

I immediately began practicing Medicine in Los Angeles County serving the Hispanic community. During my 20-year tenure as a medical associate, I practiced medicine in the fields of general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, and aesthetic medicine.

I have also supervised and mentored many medical students who are now pursuing their own careers.

I have been a guest speaker on medical topics on most of the local Hispanic cable networks, radio, newspapers and Hispanic magazines.

Personally, I am grateful to have the support and assistance of a Consortium such as COPHILA. This organization maintains a constant and reliable platform for all Professional Immigrants who come to the USA in search of opportunities; this in terms provides a large base of professional immigrants to help their communities with their skills and knowledge.

It has been a great honor in my professional medical career to have been associated with COPHYLA and a privilege to be able to serve the Hispanic community.
Italia Solorzano
Most International Medical Graduates (IMGs), including myself, come to this country looking to work in the medical field and eventually practice medicine again. It is a pleasant surprise to find a consortium like COPHYLA, which provides guidance in navigating the process of practicing medicine in the US as an IMG physician.

Unfortunately, when we migrate to this country, we encounter several challenges that put the fulfillment of our dreams at risk. The number of years of medical residencies in the US required for foreign-trained physicians to become licensed in the US, regardless of how many years of experience we have in our countries, is often higher than the from a US medical school graduate

For me, it has been a great help to have the assistance of COPHYLA in guiding my clinical training and career advancement in this country. When I had just arrived in the United States without many resources, I found COPHYLA information and attended the meetings in Orange County, CA. I discovered that Dr. Rolando Castillo was very active in removing barriers for immigrant medical professionals to validate our licenses and work in the medical field.

Through COPHYLA, I became a Medical Assistant, which was the seed to become a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in diabetes management, my current job. COPYLA has given me the opportunity to be part of a society that supports my identity as a health care provider, develops my teaching and mentoring skills, and opens my career to many opportunities.

Internationally trained professionals play such an important role in addressing medical deficiencies in disadvantaged communities because of the vast disparities in access to health care that exist in the United States. This demand for foreign medical professionals will only increase with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need for accessible and affordable healthcare will continue to grow. It is therefore essential to support COPHYLA and Dr. Castillo to maintain this platform for the benefit of our professions, our colleagues, our patients and our country.
Maria Fernandez de Fiore
My name is Diana, I am from Chihuahua, Mexico. My story in the United States begins in October 2014, after finishing my Nursing school in Mexico, I decided to move to Boston, MA to learn English, that was the first step for my dream.

I remember thinking, what I want to do the most with my career is to be able to work as a Registered Nurse in another country, so the first option was the US, but how to start the process?

Going back to my first year in Boston, I was looking for information online and then I found COPHYLA. I spoke with Dr. Castillo on the phone.

I remember feeling a source of relief that at least at this point I had someone who knew a lot more about this transition and could guide me through this process.

I paid the symbolic membership the following days and accessed the online platform and something more personalized in the email. After a year in Boston, MA I was looking for the next step closer to my dream and my best option was Southern California.

I remember thinking that COPHYLA was there, so if I wanted to make my dream a reality, I had to work on it and what better place to live than is closer to the source of information and help that I have had. After a few months, I moved to Cerritos CA, I'm not going to go into too much detail, but at the time I didn't know anyone in CA other than Dr. Castillo and Gloria (by phone conversation only) so as soon as I got there, I went to the office to meet them in person for the first time, I was finally pleased to have been there.

I talked to Dr Castillo about the steps I had to go through to apply with the California Board of Nursing and to be honest the whole process sounded a bit complicated but that was my reason for being here, so I was all in. One of the things that I found very useful with COPHYLA was the experience that they have with all the cases of other professionals that they helped.

I followed your instructions step by step; I understood that each case was different but the requirements at the beginning are the same for everyone. Another important point that I would like to mention is all the support and extra help I received from Dr. Castillo, not only did he guide me through the process, but he was always there to help me find that additional information.

An example was the California Preparatory College (CPC) school that gave all the information regarding the school, I remember that it was a gift from heaven because they helped me with the transition to my tourist visa. I had at that time my F1 visa as an international student, and all this with all the sources of information that COPHYLA has to share.

Another important point to mention is the collaboration I received when the California Board of Nursing requested a class that I had to take to continue the process.

Dr. Castillo personally gave me clear guidance on how to find that Nursing school that would allow me to take only one class, I finally found it and fulfilled one more requirement. I can mention more examples of how COPHYLA was a big part of all my professional histories in this county.

I started my process to get my license in November 2015 and I got my RN license in April 2020 so many requirements and I am not going to lie several times I was about to give up but one thing I must say COPHYLA was always there to help me with any concern, encouraging me because I needed it so many times.

I have been working as a registered nurse for almost two years now and when I think about the process it was totally worth it. I will be grateful all my life for the guidance I received. Forming COPHYLA again, was one of the most important parts of my professional success.

Diana Franco Tellez

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