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AAIM, ACP Seek Med Student Family & Medical Leave Standards

July 2018—AAIM and ACP recently co-signed a letter urging the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation to establish standards requiring medical schools to create family and medical leave policies that ensure support for medical students.

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Alliance Joins in Calling for Expedited Visa Review

Update June 21, 2018: According to reports from the staff of academic medical organizations, USCIS has issued internal guidance for completing reviews of H-1B visa applications from international medical graduates accepted to US residency programs. Pending petitions will be processed and allow the use of AAMC data for prevailing wage determination. Any program that received Requests For Evidence (RFE) regarding prevailing wage should respond indicating that clarifying guidance has been issued within USCIS, and that additional evidence is not necessary

Update June 5, 2018: As of June 5, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will accept the private wage survey data provided by AAMC. The agency will adjudicate pending petitions and petitioners should respond to issued RFEs. AAIM will provide additional updates as they become available.

Delays in processing H-1B visas for incoming non-US international medical graduates (IMGs) accepted to positions in US GME programs have prompted several academic medicine organizations—including AAIM— to call for expediting pending visa reviews. In particular, the letter from the group cited the US Citizenship and Immigration Services requesting additional evidence and in some cases denying applications that use data from the AAMC Survey of Resident/ Fellow Stipends and Benefits Report that had previously been approved by the US Department of Labor.

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Alliance Hosts Internal Medical Education Advisory Board

May 2018— AAIM hosted the Internal Medicine Education Advisory Board (IMEAB) meeting May 31, in Alexandria, VA. The advisory board heard updates from ACGME on IM2035, plans for continued development of the internal medicine milestones, and an initiative on program director competencies. SGIM CEO Eric B. Bass, MD, facilitated a discussion on education policy issues. ABIM and ECFMG representatives also shared updates and asked for feedback from the members.

IMEAB is chaired by AAIM President and CEO D. Craig Brater, MD, and meetings are held twice each year in the Alexandria, VA, area.

The Alliance Signs on to DACA Letter

September 2017— AAIM joined other health  organizations seeking a permanent legislative remedy allowing healthcare professionals and students with DACA status to continue their employment, education, training, and research.

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AAIM Statement about Executive Order on Immigration

February 2017— The Alliance believes the fundamental values of the United States of America include providing opportunity, celebrating diversity, and believing in the basic goodness of individuals and of the human spirit. Internal medicine is committed to professionalism's expectation of placing service to others above one’s own needs.  The Alliance condemns the adverse effects of the January 27 Executive Order on our community of internal medicine educators, scientists, and scholars.

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