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 medical graduates currently residing in the U.S. 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 and collaborative practice positions that will lead to an unrestrictive license. 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. We're also working with state legislators to expand collaborative practice for medical graduates. 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. Medical graduates are a highly trained resource that if utilized correctly would substantially improve healthcare access and outcomes. 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 physicians contribute to healthcare in the communities that need them most.
Every doctor in this organization would be happy to work as a primary care physician in underserved America, but we need your help! Contact your state and federal legislators today to advocate for collaborative practice and the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021. If you are a qualified medical graduate yourself that needs to finish training, please use this link to become a member and subscribe below.