4 petitions

This petition won 10 months ago

Petition to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, Educational commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, ACGME , President of the United States, Donald Trump, ecfmg, Paul Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Jeanne Shaheen, Elizabeth Warren, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, CNN, FOX News, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, United States Supreme Court, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, Norris Cochran, United States Department of Health and Human Services, NRMP , Mona M. Signer, American Civil Liberties Union

Urgent Request to Protect Immigrant Physicians against Discrimination

February 6th, 2017  Dear Sir/Madam, This letter is a plea for help and recognition from a large group of Iranian Medical Graduates who are pursuing medical residency training throughout the United States. Most of us require a visa to continue or start our residency training. The immigration ban executive order which was recently signed by President Donald Trump, has negatively impacted many of us on our path to continue our contribution to the national interests of the United States of America. This issue is extremely time-sensitive as medical residency programs are in the process of ranking applicants, the deadline being February 22, 2017. As Iranian citizens, we have already gone through up to 2 years of background checks before being granted entrance into the United States. We very much appreciate having the opportunity to live in the United States. The freedom, the democracy, the advanced health system and the world-class education system, are just a few brilliant attributes of this great country. Each of us has a unique personal story, but we all have one thing in common. All of us have willingly dedicated our lives to medicine. We have finished medical school and decided to continue our graduate medical education in the United States, the land of opportunities, where our hard work and services will directly benefit the citizens of the United States of America and humanity at large. The decision was not easy as many of us left everything behind. We spent a lot of time, energy and resources to prepare for this journey. We had our medical degree and qualifications examined by Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and successfully passed the required examinations, and satisfied all the requirements of the Commission. Among us, applicants are pursuing their medical careers in primary care to various specialties including internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, emergency medicine, surgery, pathology and psychiatry; many of which are among highly needed medical specialties across the United States. At this moment in our challenging path to residency, we reached the point where programs are selecting their future trainees, and the executive order, though turned down by the courts, will frighten and dissuade hospitals from sponsoring us. As physicians, our commitment is to the best interests of the health and well-being of the patients we treat in the United States and that is unequivocal. This commitment is evident in the contributions of our fellow Iranian physicians in the advancement of medicine throughout many disciplines, from high impact scholar and clinical activities at prestigious medical institutions across the country, including but not limited to, Johns Hopkins University, Harvard University, University of Michigan, Duke University, University of Texas, University of California Los Angeles, New York University and University of Pennsylvania to treating indigent patients in medically underserved communities. Many of us are contributing to nationally funded projects. We contributed to scientific publications in various areas of medicine in prestigious medical journals and presented our scientific researches in internationally recognized medical conferences. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has announced that “the United States is facing a serious shortage of physicians” and “international medical graduates play an important role in U.S. healthcare, representing roughly 25 percent of the workforce.” We represent a significant portion of the healthcare providers to the underserved areas. Our absence in these regions will deny healthcare to a large portion of the community. Time is of the essence as the programs are now in the process of choosing the applicants and their decision might unjustly be affected by the current events. Per the latest statement issued on February 3, 2017 on the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website, the hold on visa status change which was originally implemented as part of the executive order, has been lifted and applications to adjust status, continue to be adjudicated, meaning that those currently in the United States will be considered for visa status change. Therefore, the medical residency programs should feel reassured that these applicants can be issued the necessary visa by June 2017, when most residencies start. The programs should also be reassured that all green card and EAD holders currently inside U.S.A are safe to be chosen by programs and their status in the country is legal. We are aware that this issue is not only for the Iranian citizens, but it has also affected our fellow colleagues from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. We acknowledge that the United States wants to take measures against terrorism. As physicians spending our entire lives helping the people in need, we wholeheartedly acknowledge the priority of ensuring safety in this great nation. However, we believe that this new blanket ban will not achieve the goal for which it was created. We are hereby asking the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and the ECFMG to issue a transparent statement to healthcare organizations around the country, stating clearly that applicants should NOT be discriminated against, based on their nationality. We are also urging President Trump and the United States Congress to take appropriate measurements to reverse this discriminatory executive order against the citizens of the aforementioned countries, and produce a more realistic and practical means of fighting against terrorist invasion. Finally, we are asking the media and all citizens of the great United States of America to stand with us against this act of total discrimination, which not only affects the life of many immigrants, but will adversely influence hospitals and healthcare across the country.   On behalf of the Allied Iranian Medical Doctors, a group of over 150 physicians

1,076 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) Officers & Board

Stop the plebiscite for alternative PCP Diplomate Pathway

The Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) will be having a plebiscite on an alternative pathway for Diplomate status of PCP.  Under this proposal all Internal Medicine graduates of a 2 year program that have not taken or did not pass the Philippine Specialty Board of Internal Medicine (PSBIM) will be allowed to take a new qualifying exam if they have been in practice for more than 15 years and in active practice in the community.   They will be allowed to take a PSBIM exam. The plebiscite should not push through because this information has not been properly disseminated to all the Diplomate/Fellow members of the PCP that going to vote. * * * There is no clear information if this will be the same or a separate examination from the existing PSBIM examination. * * * There is no clear information if the passing rate of the examination will be adjusted. * * * There is no clear information of the type of examination and extent of coverage of the exam. * * * There is no clear information if the candidate needs to pass an oral examination before he can take the written exam or if this will be waived. * * * There is no explanation on what the implication of this move will be with regard to the ASEAN integration of Medical Societies.  This issue should be first discussed in the business meeting before it is placed to a vote. There are too many unanswered questions that need to be addressed before the PCP membership can vote properly on this matter. 

Jeremy Robles
146 supporters
This petition won 4 years ago

Petition to Department of Justice, NEW YORK TIMES, Rick Scott, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, President of the United States, Florida Governor, FOX News, kansas health institute, center for medicre and medicaid services, Marco Rubio, Ronald Renuart, United States Department of Justice, USA Today, Orlando sentinel, Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Office of the Inspector General, John Mica, Bill Nelson, David Simmons, brad heath at usa today

Unfreeze medical management associations for State of Florida Medicaid health insurance plans so that 1. providers can get contracted with the MMA's & KEEP/CHOOSE their physicians

  This is important because 1. physicians are losing their patients to other providers 2. physicians have no control or say so in the revamping of the system. For example, I have patients in Volusia County that had Amerigroup insurance. The providers were not notified until several weeks prior to the effective date of May 1,2014 that their insurance would no longer be an option for them in that county. The MMA's that were available to these patients, I am not a contracted provider for . When I tried to become povider, I was told that these contracts were frozen- therefore my patients can not come to me for their care. 3. patients were promised by President Obama that they could keep their plan and their provider - under Governor Scott and the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration- AHCA - this is not the case. People should support this petition because people in America should have the freedom to pick and choose their insurance plans and their physicians - as promised by President Obama. I have been a Pediatrician in Central Florida for 21 years. During that time, I have watched my patients grow from babies, to attending prom, to graduating college to having their own children. My patients mean a lot to me and I should be able to keep them if they wish to have me as their physician. Yestersay, I saw a 4 year old ittle girl but I was unable to see her newborn brother even though the mom wanted me as her Pediatrician. Because of Giovernor Scott and the AHCA she was forced to go to another provider. I am my patients voice. They feel like bureaucrats such as Governor Scott do not care about their welfare because they are mainly woman and children and are low socioeconomic group. It all comes down basically to money. These MMA's are being established to contain costs, pick and choose providers to contain costs and they do NOT consider what is in the best interest of the patient. I consider this to be restriction of trade from a physician's standpoint and a violation of a patient's rights. Governor Scott and President Obama have health insurance and the freedom to pick and choose their physicians and health - plans. Do you ?  

Stella Dora
100 supporters