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American Medical Student Association
AMSA, AAMC, and 68 Other Health Professional Organizations to Congress: Protect Health Care Workforce with DACA Status
The American Medical Student Association stands in solidarity with healthcare trainees and workers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status alongside the Association of American Medical Colleges and 68 other leading national organizations representing members of the health care workforce.
STERLING, Virginia—September 14, 2017 – Today, a letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was sent to all United States Senate and House of Representatives health legislative aides asking for protections of members of the health care workforce with DACA Status. You can read the letter here.
The letter urges that Congress pass legislation such as the Dream Act of 2017 (H.R. 3340, S. 1615) that would establish a route to permanent residency for these health care workers and other undocumented Americans in order to continue their education, training, research, and essential contributions to the care and well-being of the American public. Termination of these efforts by these individuals as a result of rescinding their DACA status could have devastating implications financially for both them and the health care delivery system, as well as worsen health care worker shortages, particularly in primary care and underserved areas.
Representation of diversity in training the future health care workforce leads to positive and necessary changes in the attitudes of students, faculty and administrators, and hence to positive improvements in the health of society and in the health care delivery system. AMSA likewise recognizes that equitable access to medical education is essential to guarantee diversity of the physician workforce.
Ultimately, medicine will not be able to provide for the health needs of our complex society if it does not reflect society’s demographics, and we likewise support that diversity and inclusion in both medical education and in health care delivery are essential to the reduction and elimination of disparities in a movement toward a delivery system that strives for health equity.
By: Daniel H. Gouger, MD, AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellow
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AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online.