Welcome to the Alliance of Medical Graduates (AMG). AMG is staffed by volunteer doctors that represent the interests of the 7,409 U.S. Citizen and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) doctors that were not able to continue their training to get their license in March of 2021, the 6,570 from 2020 and the countless more from previous years. Our physicians are being denied the right to finish their training partly due to a lack of graduate medical education (residency training) funding. The core of our advocacy effort is aimed at finding ways to help these doctors finish their training so that they can become licensed and contribute to healthcare in the United States. We have identified that the United States is suffering from a doctor shortage (estimated to be 33,000 doctors in health professional shortage areas currently). Does it make sense to turn away medical graduates who want to finish their training during a doctor shortage? With 0.72 residency positions per applicant, we know doctors will continue to go untrained in mass until there is legislation to address the problem. We hope one day applicants will equal the number of training positions available. Until that time, we are in support of prioritizing U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents for residency training positions. These doctors pay for graduate medical education training through social security taxes, have devoted their lives to medicine and have taken massive tax-payer backed federal student loan debt to become physicians. Many come from communities that need doctors. This organization provides mentorship to unmatched doctors still working to finish their training and we are advocating for legislative change that will increase the number of residency positions. For example, H.R.2256/S.834, The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021 aims to increase residency training positions by 14,000 over seven years and we are working with congress to pass this critical piece of legislation. Our overarching mission is to ensure that every U.S. Citizen and Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) medical graduate who has passed their required USMLEs is able to occupy space as a physician. Going unmatched takes a toll on you financially, mentally and physically and we look to highlight this unjust hardship for these very intelligent and courageous health professionals. We meet biweekly and serve as a support system for one another. The members of this organization are very diverse and represent some of the best and brightest minds of this country. They have been through eight years of education post-highschool and have passed three nine-hour medical licensing exams (some of the hardest in the world). Many of our members are first or second generation immigrants who migrated to the U.S. with dreams of a better life. Many come from minority or underserved communities. Many are first generation college graduates and come from blue collar families. We look forward to helping these doctors get back to work and contribute to healthcare in the communities they are from.
Every doctor in this organization would be happy to work as a primary care doctor in underserved America, but we need your help! Contact your House Representative and Senators today to let them know they need to help U.S. Citizen and LPR doctors finish their training. If you are a qualified medical graduate yourself that needs to finish training, please use this link to become a member and subscribe below.