New Opportunity for Internationally Trained Physicians in Illinois to Provide Direct Covid Healthcare Relief

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Upwardly Global has been advocating for over two decades for policies and practices that ease the integration of foreign trained medical professionals. Sometimes, with adversity comes opportunity.

We are excited by a positive development in advancing opportunity to serve for internationally trained doctors. Governor Pritzker of Illinois and IDFPR Secretary Treto have issued an emergency proclamation to enable internationally trained doctors to provide much needed relief in the assessment, screening, treatment and care of Covid-19 patients.

If you are an internationally trained healthcare worker: get more info and apply here (and let us support you by emailing health@upwardlyglobal.org). 

If you are an employer: check out this IMG Emergency Proclamation Employer One-Pager and be in touch if you’d like to hire at health@upwardlyglobal.org

Check out this video above about the opportunity with Secretary Treto, Upwardly Global CEO Jina Krause-Vilmar, and internationally trained doctor Sura Alsaffar.

More information about this news and if you are eligible to apply: 

Covid-19 has created enormous pressure on the healthcare system throughout the U.S. In response and in conversation with key players including Upwardly Global’s Leadership Council members, Illinois Representative Theresa Mah established a Healthcare Working Group to investigate this issue. The result is a bill (5465) that has passed the General Assembly to support longer term solutions and a proclamation to invoke emergency powers to temporarily enable foreign trained doctors to serve in direct clinical roles. Doing so will provide much needed relief in the assessment, screening, treatment and care of Covid-19 patients. 

Internationally trained doctors will be required to follow a simplified protocol and to practice under a U.S. licensed physician through the Covid emergency. To see the list of approved individuals, click here

According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are 165,000 foreign-trained healthcare professionals in the U.S. who are unemployed or severely underemployed. This is an incredible opportunity to tap into this talent that has been sitting on the sidelines for too long, waiting to contribute, even as we work to reduce barriers to permanent relicensing.

Upwardly Global has played a critical behind-the-scenes role in raising this issue with legislators and regulators in Illinois, and initiating, connecting and building the field of national and local non profits interested in elevating this work and opening opportunity for trained immigrants and refugees to support a healthcare system that needs their skills. Our hope is that this initiative can demonstrate the significant value of foreign-trained medical professionals and build support for work that will enable permanent career re-entry.

Who is impacted by this opportunity?
Immigrants and refugees who are or were licensed physicians, have passed all 3 Steps of the USMLEs, and are interested in providing treatment in Illinois under the supervision of a licensed doctor as part of the Covid response.

What are the next steps?
Fill out this simple temporary application and email it back to the IDFPR at fpr.covidtemporaryapplication@illinois.gov

Preparing and finding positions
If you are looking for job placement support, Upwardly Global would like to be of assistance. Please email: health@upwardlyglobal.org

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