Unmatched letter to Congressman Anthony Brindisi

Dear Congressman Brindisi,


I ‘d like to thank you for your letter and for supporting the “Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act (H.R. 1763).”  We are approximately 6,570 Americans who went unmatched/jobless in 2020. Essentially, this means we have wasted 6,570 potential rural Family Medicine providers. We are all ECFMG certified (passed United States medical licensing exams steps 1, 2, and 3).


We would like to propose an amendment to H.R. 1763 that addresses our group to get us working as doctors.


 The amendment to the bill would need to include preference for American citizens. Out of the proposed 3,000 new residency spots planned to be added each year, we would like 2,000 to go to U.S. citizens first.

 Reason(s) for proposed amendment:
 1. American medical graduates and American international medical graduates obtain federal loans and offshore medical school federal loans ranging between $200,000 – $400,000.
 2. Most jobless doctors are very interested in serving in rural or underserved communities. For instance, I live in Utica, NY and would love to practice Family Medicine in my hometown of Utica, NY which is a rural underserved area. My colleague Dr. C. A is also from upstate NY and would love the chance to practice rural Family medicine. Many of these qualified doctors who went unmatched would like to practice medicine in their hometowns.
 3. The rural GME is still operating on an old and outdated model from the ’90s. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, there was a need for foreign physicians but now America is producing plenty of US citizen physicians. In summary, there are more than enough jobless US citizen Physicians today that could bridge this gap of rural providers.
 4. The 6,570 jobless doctors from 2020 are very diverse and come from different backgrounds and cultures. For example, many are refugees and asylum seekers from Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. These jobless doctors could offer diversity to the rural and underserved populations. 
J1 visas are intended for “cultural exchange.” We are a more diverse group than current VISA doctors.   J1 visas are mostly given to people from Pakistan and India. Allowing us to finish our training would yield more “cultural exchange” than giving out VISA’s.


Unmatched American MDs comprise African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Caucasian Americans, Arab Americans, and Asian Americans. The Unmatched naturalized American Citizens are from Nigeria, Ukraine, Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, China, Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, Caribbean, India, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan, Albania, Algeria, and Egypt.

Collectively, jobless American doctors would appreciate it if you would shed some light on this matter to your colleagues in congress and help us propose an amendment to H.R.1763. We have spent our entire lives gaining education to practice medicine. The system has created a bottleneck, with more applicants then are positions due to VISA applicants. We need preference for residency spots before these applicants are given theirs.
 
We urge you to please consider our proposal. I sincerely wish I didn’t have to write this letter or this was some kind of dream. The reality is that this is a nightmare for unmatched U.S. citizen medical graduates. This bottleneck has prevented us from starting lives. This is the reality for  thousands of jobless American doctors. Please help us create a space for us and help us finish out training by limiting visa applicants and providing us with preferential training by helping us amend H.R.1763.

Regards,
E. R MD

Unmatched and unemployed American Doctors.
 
I have attached a PowerPoint excerpt from the COGME meeting in July of 2020, and a twitter plea from an unmatched American doctor which has garnered over 31,800 views.

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https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/advisory-committees/graduate-medical-edu/meetings/20200717/rural-residency-development.pdf
Rural GME is recommending the increase of Visa Doctors at their July 2020  meeting, this is totally unacceptable when we are over 6570 Americans who are ready, qualified and exam certified for Family medicine residency training. https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/advisory-committees/graduate-medical-edu/meetings/20200717/rural-residency-development.pdf July 2020 meeting!!
https://twitter.com/JobsPax/status/1297649724246433794?s=20
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Unmatched American Doctors – White-Collar Workers of America

https://white-collar-workers-of-america.org/category/unmatched-american-doctors/

Click to access rural-residency-development.pdf

https://white-collar-workers-of-america.org/2020/08/24/suspend-opt-program-so-american-college-grads-can-find-jobs-august-9-2020/

https://nypost.com/2020/08/05/lets-stop-importing-doctors-while-american-mds-go-jobless/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0A0Bbd8cKLaIdHT2Fr6meQeuELreUZq75cqygcmNZcD5QoIXydcXlnF6Q https://nypost.com/2020/08/05/lets-stop-importing-doctors-while-american-mds-go-jobless/amp/?__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0A0Bbd8cKLaIdHT2Fr6meQeuELreUZq75cqygcmNZcD5QoIXydcXlnF6Q
Unmatched American Doctors – White-Collar Workers of America

Unemployed and Unmatched American Doctors Speak out!
Attached:
Stories of 41 Unmatched American MDs
A letter signed by 227 unmatched US-doctors. Proof of Diversity.