Graduate Medical Education Recruitment and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)

The leadership of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and its two affiliated medical schools (Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College) are strongly committed to selecting candidate trainees based on merit.

Discontinuation of the DACA program is planned for the Spring of 2018.  If Congress fails to pass legislation to protect those impacted by the recent DACA decision, medical school graduates may be unable to obtain or renew a work authorization and thus could be excluded from GME in the United States.  

We hope that those who are here under the DACA program and were planning to apply to NYP for residency or fellowship this year will still do so, despite the uncertainty.

Please know that if a DACA candidate accepts a position at NYP within or outside the match, but cannot matriculate or continue in a program without a work authorization, the institution will do everything legally possible to help. Depending on the circumstance, this may include providing immigration-related advice to the individual about potential alternative approaches to obtaining a work authorization.