Dr. Basim Ali graduated at the top of his medical school class in Pakistan and landed a residency at a renowned teaching hospital in Texas, where he’ll be on the front lines of one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the U.S.
“There’s obviously some degree of anxiety about what that’s going to be like,” Ali said by phone from Karachi before coming here. “But there’s also this understanding that this is what we signed up for.”
More than 4,000 foreign-born doctors officially begin their residencies at hospitals across the United States on Wednesday. They’ll confront two historic challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic and some of the most restrictive immigration policies this nation has seen in decades.