In light of the recent restrictions placed on the Medical Graduates from countries including Iran, the IAMS-GW supports numerous other American medical societies in supporting the Foreign Medical Graduates. Please see the letters below that have been circulating to address this issue.IAMS letter of support coming soon.
February 1, 2017
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Trump:
The undersigned organizations are deeply concerned 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. Our organizations 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. We urge the administration to provide additional guidance and to reconsider aspects of the executive order to avoid unnecessarily undermining our ability to fulfill these shared missions.
Among its challenges, the United States currently faces a number of health care workforce shortages. Highly skilled health professionals from other countries, many in roles that otherwise could not be filled, represent a significant portion of providers who care for American and international patients within our borders, meeting an important need in our nation’s health care system.
We recognize the importance of ensuring national security, but current entry and renewal pathways for foreign nationals—including student, temporary visitor, extraordinary ability, and employment visas—provide a balanced approach that attracts the best and brightest from around the world and advances U.S. interests through educational and cultural exchange. Impeding these pathways jeopardizes critical access to health care for our nation’s most vulnerable populations, including those in rural and urban underserved communities across the country, and individuals who come to the United States to receive specialized care not available elsewhere.
Our ability to attract top talent from around the world also enriches the research laboratories at American institutions that are working toward cures, and it has helped position the U.S. as a global leader in medical research, strengthening our economy and bolstering the public’s health. 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.
In light of these concerns, we urge the administration to consider the potential impact of the executive order on the health of the nation that will result from turning away patients, health professionals, and researchers. As a community, we offer our assistance in developing measured immigration policies that reflect the health care needs of the nation.