Idaho Statutes

39-6111.  Criteria for the J-1 petitioning physician. (1) The petitioning physician must not have a J-1 visa waiver pending for any other employment offer, and must provide a notarized statement testifying to this fact.
(2)  The physician must have the qualifications described in recruitment efforts for a specific vacancy.
(3)  Petitioning physicians must:
(a)  Provide direct patient care full time; and
(b)  Be trained in:
(i)   Family medicine;
(ii)  Internal medicine;
(iii) Pediatrics;
(iv)  Obstetrics and gynecology;
(v)   General surgery;
(vi)  Psychiatry and its subspecialties; or
(vii) Other specialties licensed or eligible for licensure by the Idaho board of medicine, if there is a demonstrated need by the applicant organization.
(4)  Physicians must apply and be eligible for an active Idaho medical license. The petitioning physician may be participating in an accredited residency program for this application, but must have successfully completed the third year of their residency training program for their employment contract to be activated. The petitioning physician must have an unrestricted license to practice in the state of Idaho and be board certified or eligible in his respective medical specialty at the commencement of employment. A copy of the acknowledgment of receipt form from the state board of medicine must be included in the waiver request.
(5)  Physicians must have at least one (1) recommendation from their residency program that:
(a)  Addresses the physician’s interpersonal and professional ability to effectively care for diverse and low-income persons in the United States;
(b)  Describes an ability to work well with supervisory and subordinate medical staff, and adapt to the culture of United States health care facilities;
(c)  Documents the level of specialty training, if any;
(d)  Is prepared on residency program letterhead and is signed by residency program staff or faculty; and
(e)  Includes name, title, relationship to physician, address, and telephone number of signatory.
(6)  The petitioning physician must agree with all provisions of the employment contract as described in section 39-6109, Idaho Code. Other negotiable terms of the contract are between the petitioning physician and the hiring agency.
(7)  The petitioning physician must:
(a)  Agree to work full time for no less than three (3) years in an area of underservice in the state of Idaho;
(b)  Provide health care to medicare and medicaid beneficiaries;
(c)  Post and implement a sliding fee discount schedule;
(d)  Serve the low-income population;
(e)  Serve the uninsured population; and
(f)  Serve the shortage designation population; or
(g)  Serve the population of a local, state, or federal governmental institution or corrections facility as an employee of the institution.

[39-6111, added 2004, ch. 128, sec. 1, p. 442; am. 2009, ch. 106, sec. 12, p. 332; am. 2014, ch. 61, sec. 2, p. 145; am. 2017, ch. 72, sec. 8, p. 177.]

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