January 31, 2017
(Wired) – By one estimate, a quarter of all doctors in the US were not born in this country. Across the healthcare industry, from medical students to doctors to pharmacists to orderlies, lives were changed in an instant last Friday. Some, like Tourkamani, because they were separated from family. Others because they were prevented from even doing their work. According to the American of American Medical Colleges, 260 doctors from the banned nations—Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Yemen—applied for residencies like Tourkamani’s this year. The AAMA believes these doctors may not be able to practice in the US because of the timing of the order.
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