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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.



Public Comment Submitted to Negotiated Rulemaking Committee

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Friday, 03 December 2010 21:35
Public Comment Submitted to Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on Designation of Medically Underserved Populations and Health Professional Shortage Areas
 

Senators Menendez and Leahy Introduce First Comprehensive Immigration Bill of 2010

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Monday, 18 October 2010 19:18
The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932)  was introduced in September 2010 by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). This bill represents an important step in advancing reforms of our nation's broken immigration system. The Menendez-Leahy bill is the first comprehensive immigration bill introduced in the Senate since 2007. It includes key elements that both Republican and Democratic leaders have called for: enhanced border security, mandatory employment verification, fixes to the business and family visa systems, a legalization plan for the millions who are undocumented, and stiffer penalties on illegal immigration. This bill launches the long-needed debate about how to reform our immigration system.
 

Senators Sanders and Grassley Unveil Immigration Amendment

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Friday, 11 June 2010 13:30
On June 9, 2010, Senators Sanders (I-VT) and Grassley (R-IA) unveiled an immigration-related amendment to the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213) also known as the "tax extenders" bill.
 

Primary Care MD Shortage Looming

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Friday, 28 May 2010 16:28

PRIMARY CARE MD SHORTAGE LOOMING

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.

 
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