AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, MD, issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s revised executive order on immigration:
“We are deeply disappointed that the revised executive order and accompanying fact sheet do not explicitly recognize the importance of international medical graduates, physicians, and medical researchers to the nation’s health security. 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.
The U.S. relies on international medical graduates for a significant portion of patient care, including in medically underserved communities. They undergo rigorous screening by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates as part of the J-1 visa process. In addition, international scientific researchers and post-graduate trainees are important to medical research, conducting ground-breaking work that leads to cures and effective therapies for patients in the United States and around the world.
The AAMC stands ready to work with the administration to eliminate barriers to entry and ensure continued eligibility to practice for carefully screened physicians and scientists entering and remaining in the U.S. Failure to further clarify this order will not only have short-term negative implications, but will have a lasting impact on our nation’s patients, particularly those in rural and urban underserved areas.”
The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research. Its members are all 154 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 173,000 full-time faculty members, 89,000 medical students, 129,000 resident physicians, and more than 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.