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Through the Physician program the foreign physicians participate in the US graduate education programs or training at accredited U.S. schools of medicine.

To be eligible to apply as physician the participant must:-

  • Have sufficient prior education and training so that they can participate in the program satisfactorily in USA.
  • Be able to adapt to the educational and cultural environment in which they will be receiving their education and training.
  • Have background and other things suitable for the program
  • Have good English speaking and writing skills.
  • Have passed either Parts I and II of the National Board of Medical Examiners Examination, the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, Step I and Step II, or the Visa Qualifying Examination (VQE) prepared by the National Board of Medical Examiners, administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.
  • Provide a statement of need from the government of the country of their nationality or last legal permanent residence. Providing written assurance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services that there is a need in that country for persons with the skills the alien physician seeks to acquire and the alien physician has filed a written assurance with the government of this country that he/she will return upon completion of the training; and
  • An agreement or contract from a U.S. accredited medical school, an affiliated hospital or a scientific institution to provide the accredited graduate medical education, signed by the alien physician and the official responsible for the training.

To be eligible as sponsor one should:-

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is the only sponsor for all alien physicians who wish to pursue a program of graduate medical education or training.

  • Verify that the foreign national physicians meet J-1 eligibility requirements; and
  • Upon establishing an applicant’s eligibility, ECFMG issues Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status. The physician may also request Form DS-2019 to enable dependents (spouse and unmarried, minor children) to apply for J-2 dependent status.


Host institutions are required to provide the J-1 physician with the approved clinical training. Each host institution designates a Training Program Liaison (TPL) who serves as the official representative to communicate with ECFMG.


Graduate medical education or training in a specialty or subspecialty occupation.


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