An article published in the journal 'Academic Medicine', a journal
of the Association of American Medical Colleges, states that medical schools
have an ethical obligation to change admission policies in order to accept
applications from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers. Such students are referred
as Dreamers after a proposed federal law called the DREAM Act (Development,
Relief and Education of Alien Minors). The DREAM Act is yet to become law.
Co-authors Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD and Linda Brubaker, MD, MS of Loyola University Chicago Stritch of Medicine wrote that not allowing Dreamers to apply to medical school represents a kind of unjustified discrimination and violates the basic ethical principle of the equality of human beings. Social justice means enabling the participation of all - Dreamers, recent immigrants, minorities, U.S. citizens and therefore enabling qualified Dreamers to become physicians is an ethical obligation of the medical education community.
In 2012, Loyola became the first medical school in the United States to amend its admissions policies and welcomed 7 qualified Dreamers to the class of 2018, who have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and are legally recognized as U.S. residents. The DACA program makes medical training, licensure and medical practice feasible.