Immigration Law & Recruitment of Internationally Trained Physicians

January 14, 2013

Just as the overall demographics of the U.S. continue to change, so do the demographics of the nation’s medical workforce. Today, approximately one-quarter of physicians in active patient care in the United States are international medical graduates (IMGs). Some of these IMGs are U.S. citizens who graduated from a medical school located abroad.

However, many of these physicians were born abroad, and came to the United States to complete medical residencies and fellowships. What do administrators of hospitals, medical groups, academic centers, community health centers and other facilities need to know about U.S. immigration laws when it comes to hiring international physicians?