I am learning to be a healer. After I earn my MD this spring and begin caring for patients as a physician, I will want all of my patients to know that no matter their nationality or their faith, I welcome them, value them, and will care for them.
Two weeks ago, President Trump signed an executive order barring refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US. The order clashes with a core value of medicine, that all patients are welcome and deserving of medical care. I am troubled that Dana Farber Cancer Institute, one of Harvard Medical School’s teaching hospitals, is not fully living up to these values.