Inclusivity and the Importance of Diversity in Healthcare

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 8, 2017 11:54:21 AM
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Firecracker’s mission has always been to improve both the accessibility and quality of healthcare around the world, and our chosen path to doing so has been to better train the next generation of life-improving physicians. Over the course of the last seven years, more than 150,000 medical students – all from different ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds – have joined us on this mission. Without each of them, Firecracker would not be where it is today, and the future of healthcare around the world would be just a bit more bleak.

In fact, in the United States today, about a quarter of all doctors are foreign-born, with roughly 6% of international medical graduates hailing from the seven majority-Muslim countries covered by President Trump’s executive order. They undergo similar training, take the same exams, and ultimately treat the same patients as their American-born counterparts. By many accounts, their immigrant status actually results in them being held to significantly higher standards, which is likely a reason why several recent studies show that, in many cases, they provide better care than their peers. Either way, they are undoubtedly a vital and much welcome addition to the global healthcare community.

With these facts in mind, then, we believe it is important for us as a company – one that both supports and benefits from the high level of diversity seen in healthcare – to be transparent regarding our opinion of the recent events taking place in the United States which affect millions of people worldwide. As most now know, on January 27, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily denying entrance into the United States for refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries. While this order has since been blocked by a federal judge, it is clear that a true resolution will only be reached after several more months of discussion, debate, and political due process. Until that resolution is achieved, though, we at Firecracker want to be clear: We stand with immigrants and refugees, and we hope that the American values of empathy, individual liberty, and moral leadership ultimately prevail. Furthermore, we are committed to standing up for those values in whatever small way we can.

So moving forward, we will be providing free Firecracker memberships to anyone whose medical studies are adversely affected either by this or future executive orders. If you know of anyone who needs help, please let them know they can contact us at And if you have other ideas for how we can better support those who have committed their lives to helping others, please do not hesitate to reach out as well. We’re all in this together.

In Solidarity

The Firecracker Team

Topics: Medicine & Healthcare, Diversity, Policy

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