Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Residency Process: Graduation Year Discrimination Petition

Dear friends, I wanted to let you know about a new petition I created on We the People, a new feature on, and ask for your support. Will you add your name to mine? If this petition gets 25,000 signatures by November 25, 2011, the White House will review it and respond! We the People allows anyone to create and sign petitions asking the Obama Administration to take action on a range of issues. If a petition gets enough support, the Obama Administration will issue an official response. You can view and sign the petition here: Here's some more information about this petition: Stop year of graduation cut offs for medical residency interviews and positions imposed by residency programs.
Dear President Obama, I hereby petition you stop the discrimination upon residency applicants by residency programs based on year of graduation. While the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates(ECFMG) which organizes the United States Medical Licensing Examinations(USMLE) places no limitations on year of graduation as a criterion for taking the prescribed examinations for physician-certification in the United States, which process qualifies medical school graduates for medical residency in our nation, it has been the practice of program directors to place graduation year cut offs as a selection criterion for invitation for residency interviews and subsequent positions. This is discrimination and an injustice in our nation. The ERAS process is due for change. Ema Uko-Abasi,MD

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