March 7-8, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

by Olumide Fajolu, MS1, University of Colorado School of Medicine

I’d like to thank the Colorado Medical Society Medical Student Component (MSC) for this opportunity to speak as an American Medical Association representative on behalf of the Colorado Medical Society. I am a strong supporter of Conrad 30 for several reasons.

Primarily, CONRAD 30 works to correct the health inequities that are frequently demonstrated in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports from the CDC, which includes recommendations from the same state health departments that orchestrate this program. As a former employee of the CDC Foundation, I was aware of how disproportionate mortality rates between and within states during the COVID-19 pandemic were partly attributable to unequal access to medical attention. This program is uniquely suited to fortify the physician network amongst communities that are currently, and often historically, deprived of medical expertise.

Secondarily, and speaking personally, my father is an international medical graduate who was able to find work upon immigrating to New York City in the 1970s to begin his residency in surgery and again to California in the 1980s to practice at Kaiser Permanente. His ability to work as a physician in the United States, culminating in citizenship, is a big reason why I’m speaking with you today as an aspiring physician and why our family is working on ways to create an avenue for other healthcare professionals to do the same.

Subsequently, it is my opinion that there is a latent cultural benefit to this program. The relationships that have and will continue to develop through these physician-patient interactions deepen the diverse multi-cultural perspectives that distinguish our country from others around the world. Our nation is strong because the connections between us citizens is strong. Programs that highlight this aspect of our society, including CONRAD 30, can only benefit our society’s integrity.

This program has the potential to improve the livelihoods of over a thousand physicians from across the globe each year, giving them opportunities to learn about health care in the U.S. and begin to conceptualize solutions that could address clinical inequities in the many other countries that produce capable physicians but are without a comparably robust clinical system.

All things considered, I believe CONRAD 30 is mutually beneficial to IMGs as well as to immigrant families and populations within the U.S. that are in disproportionate need of medical care.

Again, thank you to the Colorado Medical Society Medical Student Component for this opportunity to express my thoughts in support of CONRAD 30 and its potential to benefit many people domestically and abroad.

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