What Anna Maria Barry-Jester of 538 didn't tell you about doctors and Trump's travel ban

Anna Maria Barry Jester of Five Thirty Eight offers "Trump's New Travel Ban Could Affect Doctors, Especially In The Rust Belt And Appalachia" [1]

There's something very important she neglected to mention, either because she couldn't figure it out or didn't care (bolding added):

Michael Stepner, a graduate student at MIT, worked on the research exploring these doctors’ role in U.S. medicine. He said that it won’t be easy to find replacements for doctors restricted by the travel ban who otherwise would have worked in underserved areas. “These are areas that have been losing jobs and population. A lot of the highly skilled people [like physicians] leave for new opportunities, and the remaining people are left with few options,” he said.

Stepner acknowledged that his team was taking an activist stance on the issue; their website provides resources for people who want to call their Congress member to oppose the ban. He said the months- to yearslong timeline for publishing most academic research didn’t feel appropriate given the immediacy of the executive order.

As discussed in the post about the study and the "Immigration Doctors Project", countries like Yemen and Somalia are far more "underserved areas" in dire need of doctors than the U.S. Whenever a doctor moves from one of the countries on the travel ban list, it harms the sending country. Yet - as with the study itself - there's nothing in Barry-Jester's post that even hints at the impact on developing countries. Either Barry-Jester couldn't figure that out, or decided not to reveal it to her readers.

Please tweet @annabarryjester and suggest she does a better job next time.

[1] fivethirtyeight . com/features/