STATE SEEKS COMMENTS ON PROCEDURES FOR RECOMMENDING PHYSICIAN VISA WAIVERS

 Baltimore, MD (October 10, 2012) – The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) requests informal comments from the public on proposed changes to the state’s procedures for recommending candidate physicians to the U.S. Department of State for J-1 Visa Waivers.

The federal J-1 Visa Waiver Program enables foreign physicians to remain in the U.S. after completing their graduate education, with the recommendation of a state health department, to improve access to primary care and other health services in medically underserved areas.

There is a shortage of primary care physicians, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics and gynecology, in many areas of Maryland. It is Maryland's goal to maximize the number of J-1 Visa Waiver physicians who deliver primary care and work in primary care settings in underserved and rural areas.

Because Maryland is limited to 30 physician recommendations each year, Maryland plans to change its procedures to better align the placement of J-1 Visa Waiver candidates it recommends to the U.S. Department of State with Maryland’s goal to improve access to primary care.

The changes to the procedures are open for review and comment at http://dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Open%20Requests%20for%20Comments.aspx.

For more information on the federal J-1 Visa Waiver Program and the waiver recommendation process in Maryland, visit http://fha.dhmh.maryland.gov/ohpp/docs/J1-Fact-Sheet.pdf.

 

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(Salisbury, MD) - As Hurricane Florence begins to make way across the Eastern seaboard, health officials of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties recommend the following food safety tips for residents to help them prepare now, should local power outages or flooding occur.

• Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. For more information on generator safety, visit here.

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Snow Hill, MD- Small changes often lead to major results and Worcester County Health Department’s free Lifestyle Balance program aims to help residents eat healthy, be active and lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with easy-to-follow tips and tools. New classes begin this September at the Atlantic Club in West Ocean City.


• Classes run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday beginning September 11 and ending on January 15.

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Due to inclement weather, the Just Walk Making Strides event scheduled for today is rescheduled for 5-6 p.m. on October 18 at Byrd Park in Snow Hill. For more information, please call 410-632-0056.  Read more ...
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