Chancellor Collins in STAT: Trump’s travel ban will impede science, medicine

UMass Medical School Communications

February 06, 2017
  Chancellor Michael F. Collins 

Chancellor Michael F. Collins

President Trump’s executive order on immigration is hurting America’s medical and science communities, jeopardizing the ability of foreign-born scientists, physicians and students to study and work here, according to an editorial by Chancellor Michael F. Collins published in STAT.

“Our nation’s medical and science communities have benefited from inclusive immigration policies. We are the global leader in medical education, biomedical research and patient care because we attract and welcome the best and brightest minds from across the world,” Chancellor Collins said in the editorial. “Our international doctoral students, medical students, residents, fellows and postdocs enrich our research programs, medical training programs and teaching hospitals.

“President Trump’s executive order on immigration greatly concerns leaders in academic medicine. My colleagues and I keenly appreciate the need to safeguard the United States against terrorists, but the broad-brush approach of the immigration ban—and the uncertainty around it—is casting a pall over the hopes and opportunities of many deserving physicians and scientists.”

Collins said the president’s immigration order, which bars people from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, is hindering scientists’ and caregivers’ ability to “communicate and collaborate across the world . . . [a] hallmark of their ability to fight disease and improve health.”

Read the full Feb. 6 editorial:
STAT News: Trump’s travel ban could cause irreparable harm to the US health care system