March 31, 2020
Doctors without Jobs Calls for Activation of Unmatched Physicians in Coronavirus Pandemic
Statement from Kevin Lynn, Founder, Doctors without Jobs
All unmatched U.S. doctors who graduated from U.S. medical schools in good standing should be given the opportunity to serve in communities throughout the country where they are most needed in this pandemic
This month, more than 1,200 U.S. medical school seniors learned they did not match to a medical residency. In addition, an untold number of prior-year medical school graduates did not match to a residency. In fact, since 2011, each year a total of approximately 2,000 current-year grads and prior-year graduates haven’t matched. After spending four years on an undergraduate education, those who enter medical school have gone through a highly competitive and rigorous process to get one of the limited number of seats available in U.S. medical schools.
Those who commit eight years of their lives to a very specialized education have a reasonable expectation that they will be able to practice medicine. That a doctor has invested eight years of his or her life in an intellectually demanding field of study and is then shut out of the process is a tremendous violation of the social contract in America.
We call on President Donald Trump, Vice President Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, VP Pence’s coronavirus team, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, the AMA, The Match, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the heads of U.S. medical colleges to work together to deploy those unmatched, and willing to serve. In turn for their commitment to serve for one year, we ask that they be given one-year residency equivalency.