Executive Order on Immigration: Impact on Medical Education, Research, and Patient Care

The Issue

Executive Order 13769 and the revised version signed on March 6, 2017 has created widespread concern about how the changes in immigration processes will affect the ability of medical schools and teaching hospitals to deliver patient care, provide health education, and support medical research. The AAMC and its member institutions are dedicated to promoting a diverse and culturally competent health and biomedical workforce—at home and abroad—that supports improvements in health care, access to providers, breakthroughs in medical research, and equitable health for all patients regardless of their backgrounds.

The Solution

The AAMC supports a balanced approach to immigration policy that attracts the best and brightest from around the world—especially in healthcare and science, advances U.S. interests through educational and cultural exchange, and assures the nation’s security.

Because disease knows no geographic boundaries, it is essential that we continue to foster, rather than impede, scientific cooperation with clinicians and researchers of all nationalities as we strive to keep our country safe from all threats. The AAMC has urged the administration to consider the potential impact of changes to immigration processes on the health of the nation and to avoid unnecessarily undermining our ability to fulfill our missions of creating a diverse and culturally competent workforce, supporting improvements in health care, access to providers, breakthroughs in medical research, and equitable health for all patients regardless of their backgrounds. We urge the administration, at a minimum, to promptly apply waiver and other discretionary authorities to all affected health professionals, including those international medical graduates matching to residency training programs on March 17 who are required to begin training and treating patients on or around July 1, 2017. We have also offered our assistance in developing measured immigration policies that reflect the health care needs of the nation.

Resources

AAMC Statement on President Trump's Revised Executive Order on Immigration (March 6, 2017)
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement regarding President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration.

Executive Order on Immigration Threatens Our Nation’s Health SecurityAAMCNews
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, discusses the impact of the executive order on health care and the health workforce.

AAMC-led Joint Letter on President Trump's Executive Order (February 1, 2017)
The AAMC led more than 50 organizations in a joint letter expressing deep concern that the January 27 executive order restricting the admission of certain foreign nationals and refugees to the United States will disrupt patient care, health education, and medical research.

Community Letter to President Trump Regarding Executive Order on Visas and Immigration (January 31, 2017)
A community sign-on letter organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science to President Trump, expressing concern about the White House Executive Order on visas and immigration.

Joint Higher Education Community Letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly (January 31, 2017)
50 higher education associations, including the AAMC, signed on to a letter organized by the American Council on Education (ACE).

AAMC Statement on President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration (January 30, 2017)
AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Refugee Health Clinics Help New Arrivals, Provide Training Ground for Students and ResidentsAAMCNews
Several medical schools and teaching hospitals have reached out to help refugees who arrived with health needs but limited options for care.

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