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capitolA central goal of the IMG taskforce is to educate national and state policy makers, administrative officials, and the American public on the need for fair and reasonable laws that allow international medical graduates to become licensed physicians and to begin or continue their medical careers in the United States. To this end, we develop key relationships with legislators and policy makers in both federal and state government agencies in order to ensure that the needs of international medical graduates are considered in the development of policy and law. Members of the IMG Taskforce lend their unique expertise in physician immigration matters to promote the best interests of international medical graduates in these areas.

The IMG Taskforce has been a major force in the passage of several physician immigration bills over the last few years. Current advocacy efforts seek to address the need for Conrad 30 reauthorization, visa retrogression, the nonimmigrant and immigrant visa caps, and other issues of concern to international medical graduates in the United States.

Primary Care MD Shortage Looming

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Friday, 28 May 2010 16:28


The Pittsburgh Tribune reports:

The shortage of primary care physicians is attributed to many reasons. Among them are low compensation compared with specialists, a lack of interest by medical school graduates, liability problems and a growing number of primary care doctors opting for early retirement. How primary care is viewed, discussed and taught in many medical schools, is cited.

"Primary care is one of the lowest paid physician professions today," said Ralph Schmeltz, for more than 40 years a practicing internal medicine doctor prior to retiring last July, and president-elect of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Health care reform's mandate that all Americans have health insurance soon will run into the reality of a lack of new primary care doctors such as Andrew Fisher at all levels.


Proposed bill to encourage physicians to practice medicine in underserved areas

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Thursday, 03 December 2009 00:00
Senator Conrad of North Dakota intends to propose legislation to provide incentive to physicians willing to practice medicine in rural and medically underserved areas. The bill is to be included in the health care reform bill and although the exact language of the bill has not been finalized, it proposes to exempt qualified physicians willing to make a long term commitment to practice medicine in medically underserved areas from the immigrant and nonimmigrant visa cap. The proposed bill may also contain a provision which would allow H-1B visa holders to participate in the Conrad 30 program and would extend similar benefits exempting qualified physicians from the immigrant and nonimmigrant visa cap.

Three-year extension of the Conrad 30 Program

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Wednesday, 28 October 2009 00:00
On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeland Security Appropriation bill into law. The bill included a Three-year extension of the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program. This would mean that a J-1 physician who enters the United States on or before September 30, 2012 to complete a training program can pursue a waiver of the two year home residency requirement under the Conrad 30 program.


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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 16:15

Legislative Policy Materials - IMG Taskforce National Day of Action April 9, 2011


Cap Exemption Action Update and FAQ - January 11, 2011


Public Comment Submitted to Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas

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