In this "Medical Minute" segment, WABE senior correspondent Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox discuss the impact of the Trump Administration's temporary executive order affecting travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.
The American Medical Association and other groups representing doctors are pushing back against the policy. That's because 1 in 4 physicians in the United States are immigrants. Since WWI the country hasn't managed to supply all of the doctors it needs through its own medical schools, so the president's new restrictions are prompting widespread fears that a vital pipeline of talent will dry up.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration — Detrimental Effects on Medical Training and Health Care (New England Journal of Medicine)
Foreign-Born Health Care Workers in the United States (Migration Policy Institute)
American College of Physicians Issues Comprehensive Statement on U.S. Immigration Policy (American College of Physicians)
The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2014 to 2025: 2016 Update (Association of American Medical Colleges)