This article examines how the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy poses unique challenges for medical education and healthcare. A survey on DACA was administered online using Qualtrics Software System to 121 unique U.S.-MD granting medical school admissions leadership using e-mails between January 2018 and April 2018. This study found that U.S.-MD granting medical school admissions deans, admissions directors and admissions officers/staff reported that the termination of DACA will hurt medical education, diversity of the healthcare workforce, and efforts to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services to patients. The loss of DACA medical students and residents may further compromise the diversity of physicians in the U.S., negatively impacting underserved communities.
The Termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)Protections and Medical Education in the U.S.
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