Doctor Alleging Age Bias Concedes Suit's Dismissal
WASHINGTON (CN) - A Florida doctor has conceded dismissal of his claims that U.S. medical schools and residency programs openly favor younger applicants and foreign nationals, a federal judge ruled.
Walter Karpinia sued the American Association of Medical Colleges, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and the National Resident Matching Program this past March after allegedly being told he was too old to be a doctor.
Karpinia describes himself in the lawsuit as a 54-year-old Air Force veteran with a master's degree in mechanical engineering who has worked as a structural engineer.
Karpinia said he decided to become a doctor in 2007 and graduated from medical school in 2011.
According to the lawsuit, the National Resident Matching Program, led by defendant Dr. Emmanual Cassimatis, exacerbates the age discrimination by granting preference to foreign nationals over Americans.
David Rose of Chevy Chase, Md., represented him in the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly noted Friday that the defendants' motion to dismiss went unanswered.
There has not been a filing in the case since Friday, according to the docket.
"Accordingly, the court shall treat defendants' motion to dismiss as conceded and dismiss the case," the ruling states.