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Petition to United States Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Allow U​.​S.-Based IMGs to Work in the U​.​S. for COVID-19 Support

27% of U.S. physicians are internationally trained with 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the country. AMOpportunities connects international medical trainees with clinical rotations in the United States and has a solution to our healthcare shortages. You can learn more at We believe that an answer to the impending physician shortage in the United States and at present the global pandemic of COVID-19, necessitates U.S.-based international medical graduates. As such, we petition the United States healthcare system to allow IMGs to assist U.S. hospitals in any capacity. We're asking you to sign our petition to demonstrate your support and show the U.S. government and healthcare system the need for the expertise of IMGs. Our country is struggling to provide much-needed healthcare to the victims of COVID-19, which has infected more than 200,000 U.S. citizens. If we look at harder hit countries, it’s clear this number will only soar. Already, U.S. hospitals are calling on retired healthcare professionals and medical students to lend their support. Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey recently signed Executive Order No. 112 authorizing the Division of Consumer Affairs to grant temporary licenses to doctors licensed in foreign countries. The rest of the country must follow suit. The 65,000 unlicensed IMGs in the U.S. are the answer to strengthening the healthcare workforce and ensuring we slow the spread of COVID-19 and eventually eradicate the virus.  IMGs are limited to work by policy, geography, and cost. Many of them are unlicensed due to the lack of residency positions available. These 65,000 IMGs have medical degrees, and many have passed their board licensing exams, however these qualified near physicians cannot secure the necessary residency slots and thus can’t practice. In New York, IMGs that have completed three years of graduate medical education in a postgraduate training program accredited by the ACGME or the AOA can provide patient care services even if they’re unlicensed. This petition goes one step further. We ask all state officials and medical boards to pass policies that allow IMGs who are ECFMG certified to assist under the supervision of a licensed physician, regardless of whether they have completed any U.S. postgraduate training. The untapped knowledge and expertise of IMGs are precisely what frontline healthcare workers need to fight COVID-19. Join us as we petition the government and U.S. healthcare system to invite IMGs in the U.S. to lend their extensive medical experience. We all need to do our part to confront the uncertain time we find ourselves in.   Thank you for your support.   AMOpportunities Here are other ways you can help us gain support for IMGs in the United States to practice in the U.S. during COVID-19. 1.   Encourage your state to create an International Medical Assistance Program for a pathway to practicing in the U.S., similar to what Minnesota has done for IMGs. Washington is pushing similar action. You can see what other states have done to push a pathway for IMGs here. 2.   Encourage universities to create programs that strengthen IMGs’ likelihood in matching into U.S. residency positions, similar to this program at UCLA. 3.   Rural care has the greatest need of care from IMGs, and many live outside of major metropolitan areas, making it easier for them to practice in rural cities. Again, Minnesota has been working toward that same cause. You can also find more information here.

AMOpportunities Clinical Experiences
12,102 supporters
This petition won 2 weeks ago

Petition to Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Phil Murphy

Safeguard the Right of All Laboring People to Have Support During COVID-19 Crisis

On March 21, the NYS Department of Health issued clear guidelines on treating patients in labor during the COVID-19 crisis.  These guidelines determined a support person, whether a spouse, partner or other chosen person, is essential to care for the patient during labor, delivery and in the postpartum period.  The World Health Organization (WHO) agrees.  We agree. As of March 26, all New York Presbyterian and Mount Sinai affiliated hospitals, and Staten Island University Hospital in the New York City area will act against WHO, CDC and DOH guidance and ban all support people--including spouses--from Labor & Delivery and Postpartum units.  This means people in labor will give birth alone and parent alone.  Parents will miss the birth of their child. Fundamentally, risks for the people laboring alone will increase substantially. Not only can partners and spouses provide physical and emotional comfort during labor and postpartum, they are also essential in alerting staff when something has gone wrong and the laboring patient cannot notify nurses themselves, like in the event of an eclamptic seizure or a fainting episode.  Timing is critical in these cases and monitors can be unreliable. We cannot expect nursing staff, already spread thin, to spend the limitless hours needed with each patient to ensure their health and their baby's health, to provide physical assistance and emotional support.  We know the hospital system is overwhelmed in this crisis.  However, the burden will only be increased by banning support people from Labor & Delivery. We must ensure no one gives birth alone. We must ensure the maternal mortality rate does not increase during this time.  

Jessica Pournaras
613,657 supporters
Update posted 20 hours ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Andrew M. Cuomo, Nancy Pelosi, Greg Abbott, Gavin Newsom, J.B. Pritzker, Secretary of State

Protect Doctors Nurses & Medics against punitive litigation during & after COVID-19 Crisis

Today, like so many physicians, nurses across the nation, I stepped in my intensive care - ICU and had to deal with the heightened alertness among all staff members. While ordinary people have been urged to save themselves from a killer disease by staying home - my Intensive care (ICU), Hospitalist, ED & other physician colleagues, nurses, phlebotomists, respiratory therapists, technicians, nurse assistance, cafeteria staff are the brave souls who have been sent to man the front line of defense against a deadly enemy. Treating Covid-19 sick patients who are forcibly separated from their loved ones when they need them the most as they cope with its debilitating and sometimes deadly effects is distressing enough but we have to also prepare and finalize details for an onslaught on our ICU where hard decisions will have to be made when resources like ventilators are limited. God forbid if another organ fails - as back up resources liked dialysis machines are even scarcer. It is heartbreaking to deal with the tragic loss of lives especially when medical staff is doing all they can within constraints beyond their control. But what is unacceptable is that these brave souls who are at the front line are vulnerable later on when the crisis is over for an assessment by other medical officers and especially lawyers which could include litigation against them. Join us to demand Federal & State legislation to protect these courageous front line physicians and other paramedical staff from any punitive litigious action resulting from impaired medical care during these globally turbulent and medically stringent times.

Amir Khan.
745 supporters
Update posted 24 hours ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald J. Trump


Hi All, I am writing on behalf of immigrant physicians and more than a million of other immigrant health care professionals currently residing in United States of America. All the health care professionals are doing everything they could do to save American lives and are placing their professional responsibilities before their families. Today most of these health care professionals are very worried about future of their families in case they loose battle against COVID-19 pandemic. The real question is, “To be or not to be." Many of these providers are on immigrant visas, some of them have been waiting for their green cards for last 10 years and expected to wait for another 10-50 years depending on their priority date. If these providers lose their lives fighting this battle, families of these superheroes will be conveniently deported due to their dependent status as per current immigration laws of USA. I believe American government could do better, and they could treat these heroes with respect and dignity. I would expect Americans to tell these health care soldiers that, “we got your back." Providers are fighting this battle not with weapons but with compassion and care, and they would appreciate the same support to their loved ones. Many immigrant providers are unable to work in other hospitals due to their visa restrictions. Many of them are in the process of their visa renewal and delay in processing will make them out of status. Now is the time to call out Congress and Senators to take immediate actions on this urgent matter. With 2% fatality rate of COVID 19 , many lives will be lost and frontline health care professional would be hit hard. The risk that these providers are taking every day needs to be appreciated and every delay in doing it would result in significant consequences to them and their families So, I would urge Congress to: Pass a law expediting green cards of all frontline healthcare      providers Protect the dependents of immigrant health care professionals, if they pass away managing COVID 19 pandemic patients Give all Immigrant providers on visa temporary license permit to work in any health care facility in any state if the need comes Sincerely, Sunny Chavan MD, MPH,FAAFP.  

746 supporters