Match Day is eagerly anticipated by young doctors applying to residency programs. This year, President Trump’s executive order on immigration has thrown the process out of whack, reports Stat News.
Some physicians-in-training have been left wondering if they will be allowed into the country to start their programs, while hospitals are weighing whether to risk reserving coveted spots for students who might not be able to fill them. Medical students and residency programs have to submit rankings of their preferences by Feb. 22.
“It’s just causing havoc,” said Dr. Atul Grover, the executive vice president of the Association of American Medical Colleges. “Right now, you’ve got potentially hundreds of people that are actively pursuing a residency in the United States. This order gets executed, and now they’re unclear on what it means for their status and whether they would be allowed to come.”
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