Welcome to Unmatched and Unemployed Doctors of America (UAUDOA). UAUDOA is self-funded (not currently accepting donations) and staffed by volunteer doctors. These doctors represent the interests of the 7,409 U.S. Citizen and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) doctors that went unmatched in March of 2021, the 6,570 U.S. Citizen and LPR doctors that went unmatched in March of 2020 and the countless more that have gone unmatched in the past two decades. We recognize that the United States is already suffering from a doctor shortage (a 33,000 doctor deficit) because of a residency training shortage and we hope that these doctors will be allowed to finish their training so that they can contribute to improving healthcare in their home country.
The unmatched problem stems from a residency training shortage. With 0.72 residency positions for every applicant, we know the unmatched problem will only improve when there is legislation to increase residency positions or there is a restructuring of current Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding. Either way we need to push this ratio back to where it should be (one applicant for each training position). Until this is restored, we are in support of prioritizing U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents for these residency training positions. These doctors are currently in this country, have devoted many years of their life to their education, have taken tremendous tax-payer backed federal student loan debts to become physicians, and come from communities that need doctors. Like many of the other countries of the world, we must prioritize residencies for our own first. We are not opposed to awarding remaining residency positions to doctors from other countries after our doctors are placed. These residency positions are paid for by tax-payers through Medicare and we have to ask if it makes sense to train doctors from other countries before we train our own tax paying doctors.
This organization provides mentorship to unmatched doctors still fighting for residency and we are pushing for legislative change that will increase the number of residency positions such as H.R.2256, The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2021. We have meetings biweekly to discuss these topics.
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 individual health professionals while acting as a support system for them.
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. 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.
We look forward to helping these doctors give back through healthcare to the communities they come 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 the U.S. Citizen and LPR unmatched doctors. If you are unmatched yourself, please use this link to become a member and subscribe below.