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ACP statement in light of current events sparking discrimination against physicians

December 18, 2015

Attributable to:
ACP President Wayne J. Riley, MD, MPH, MBA, MACP President, American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP) today issued a statement against discrimination of any kind against physicians and affirmed concerns that discriminatory practices can have a negative impact on public and global health.

Based on longstanding policy on diversity in medicine and non-discrimination in health care based on religion or gender, ACP affirms that physicians, including Muslim physicians, should not be subjected to discrimination and/or travel restrictions, based solely on their religious beliefs.

ACP values the significant contributions of Muslim physicians to the health and well-being of our nation, as well as physicians of all religions, races, ethnicities and cultures, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Additionally, the ACP does not support discrimination or disparate treatment of any kind in healthcare settings, including discriminatory practices directed to those who are Muslim and other religious faiths.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact:
Laura Baldwin, (215) 351-2668, lbaldwin@acponline.org