The immigrant (& refugee) ban: why you should care.
If you're a current 4th year DO student, we are going through so much at once. There is an MD-DO merger that is in the process, the repeal of ACA, as well as the immigrant ban, all while match day is just around the corner (! 6 days for me).
Why does this matter to us, and why does this matter to the general public?
- We are immigrants.
- We all came here for opportunity, a better life.
- We all have friends or family whom we visit.
- We all have the right as human beings to travel as we see fit.
- We need immigrants.
- A large majority of health care is possible because of foreign physicians, whether they were born & trained in another country (and then spent an extensive amount of $ + years to re-train in residency here), or they are US citizens who completed medical school elsewhere.
- We need people from different training backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives to collaborate with so we can be innovative and purposeful in our endeavors to treat human disease.
- There is a cap on US residencies - this is because the government pays residency programs to train future physicians. There are only a certain amount of slots allotted and paid for, because this cap was created back when there was a surplus of physicians by the thousands.
- What does this mean? Not only are there more medical students graduating than residencies that can train them, but those of us who will be matching in a few short week/weeks, may not have the mentors to train us.
- All this is going on while we are still in a physician shortage/deficit, so it affects everyone. If you think your wait is long, or the physicians are burnt out and overworked now, this is about to get worse before it gets better.
- Human life is valuable.
- Basic needs should be met, and basic rights are rights - not a privilege. In the face of disaster, the foundation of what the United States was founded on, should support those in need. No further explanation needed.