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New Immigration, Travel Order Leaves Hundreds of Physicians in Limbo

For immediate release:
Mar 7, 2017
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Statement attributed to:
Andrew W. Gurman, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

“In the wake of the newly revised travel and immigration order issued by the Trump administration, there continues to be uncertainty in the application process for physician training programs in the United States. These training programs still do not know if applicants under consideration from one of the six affected countries will be able to obtain visas and travel to the U.S.

“Hundreds of physicians from six countries are subject to the revised executive order and have applied to U.S. training programs and requested visa sponsorship. The new executive order leaves them in limbo and without an explicit waiver, these foreign physicians will be unable to provide care in the U.S. when training programs begin on July 1. 

“To prevent unnecessary delays to patient care, additional clarity is also needed regarding the factors that will be considered when allowing individuals from the six countries to enter the U.S. for medical treatment.

“The AMA is also concerned that the revised executive order will continue to affect the exchange of medical knowledge between the U.S and the six impacted countries by barring foreign experts from traveling to medical and scientific conferences in the U.S.”

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