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Medical community calls for action on DACA program

Residency Program Insider, September 8, 2017

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Following news this week of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, medical societies have spoken out in support of young undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) warns that deporting an estimated 800,000 immigrants may worsen the physician shortage. Sixty-five students with DACA status are currently enrolled in U.S. medical schools. This number is expected to increase for the 2017-2018 school year as more students with DACA status earn their undergraduate degrees.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has urged Congress to pass legislation to save DACA. According to the AMA, one-fourth of physicians practicing in the country are international medical graduates, many of which are individuals with DACA status. 

In a letter addressed to congressional leaders, AMA CEO and Executive Vice President James L. Madara, MD, wrote, “Removing those with DACA status will particularly create care shortages for rural and other underserved areas. DACA physicians are more likely to work in high-need areas where communities face challenges in recruiting other physicians.”

Source: Forbes
 



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