National Covid-19 Resources
First of all, THANK YOU. Never has the term “front-line provider” been more apt. You are the first line of defense for your patients and the community as you continue to provide care and work to ensure the safety of your colleagues in a situation akin to war. We’ve received dozens of resident stories and reports from the frontlines, and hundreds of surveys documenting the challenges of this pandemic at your hospitals.
U.S. Government Modifies Temporary Suspension of Routine Visa Services for Medical Personnel
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced on March 20, 2020 that it was immediately cancelling all routine appointments at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. On March 20, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also suspended premium processing of various petitions, including the H-1B petitions upon which so many house staff physicians rely. No date certain was provided for resumption of either service. Only emergency and “mission critical” visa services were reported as continuing, based upon the availability of resources.
Recognizing the disastrous impact of both suspensions upon incoming J-1 and H-1B residents and ultimately the patient population, CIR engaged in discussions with SEIU’s legislative liaison and immigration counsel and connected with the ECFMG. CIR prepared detailed statements describing the harmful impact that these actions would have on house staff physicians.
CIR & Resident-Led Actions
Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, too many interns, residents, and fellows were forced to work in conditions that impaired their ability to provide quality patient care. CIR is committed to advocating for housestaff everywhere and continue to hold our institutions to higher standards of accountability during this crisis.
CIR is identifying local elected officials to sign on to our open letter to the ACGME and ABMS. The CIR Resident Bill of Rights was recently launched with an overwhelmingly positive response from a large public audience, who recognizes that the issues of paid sick time, workplace safety, protecting education, access to mental health support, the use of a collective voice, were not adequately addressed in statements put out by ACGME or ABMS.
ProtectAllWorkers.org demands more PPE for healthcare workers.
Petition to stand with Bellevue CIR Physicians.
GoFundMe for NYC healthcare workers from NYC residents.
Organizing efforts for Resident PPE Supply at Harbor UCLA Medical Center
Call for PPE donations from Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
Press Conference & Town Hall
On March 31, doctors hosted a press conference with New York City council members for improved working conditions amidst the pandemic. On March 20, CIR hosted a Presidential Advisory Townhall with representatives from Biden’s and Sander’s campaigns.
Joint letter from NYC Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Brad Lander calls on NY hospitals to fulfill the resident physicians’ demands around COVID-19 and settle contract.
Partnership with the Nurses’ union in NY to ensure adequate PPE and protective measures.
Collaboration with SEIU California to enhance the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” H.R. 6201.
April 11, 2020 – Life and Death in the ‘Hot Zone,’ by Nicholas Kristof, NY Times
Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the questions below to view the answers. If you’re not sure who your organizer is, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll connect you to the right person. The following COVID-19 FAQ is intended for CIR Members only. (This guidance is intended to be informational only and should not be construed as legal advice. For non-CIR members consult with an attorney to determine the rights you have in your particular situation.)