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February 2013 Membership Business Meeting and Training Immigration: Your Hidden Recruitment Tool Training
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Henrico, United States
Virginia Community Healthcare Association Membership Business Meeting
Registration begins at 8:30, meeting at 9:00am
IMMIGRATION: YOUR HIDDEN RECRUITMENT TOOL
Given the pervasive shortages in the physician workforce which will become even more stretched with the rollout of healthcare reforms, no physician recruiter or healthcare system can afford to overlook new ways to provide healthcare services. Certainly, one largely untapped source of physicians is International Medical Graduates (IMGs), who currently comprise roughly 24% of the existing physician workforce. Slowly but surely, our immigration laws are facing up to these pervasive shortages in the physician workforce by creating more flexible measures that essentially channel IMGs into positions that traditionally have gone unfilled by U.S. physicians.
The Virginia Department of Health has been quite forthcoming in developing a very user-friendly J-1 waiver program that creates a partnership between the state and various medical systems seeking to recruit IMGs.
We have invited Bob Aronson, a nationally known expert in IMG immigration, to present a session on how to navigate our immigration laws for physician recruitment purposes. His session will focus on the intersection of immigration law and healthcare needs – a new area that we will simply call “HEALTHIGRATION..”
Bob Aronson is one of the nation’s foremost immigration lawyers dealing with IMGs. He has written and spoken extensively on this subject to such bodies as the U.S. Congress, the AMA, 3RNet, and a broad range of other professional and governmental bodies. He was previously appointed as the immigration legal advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services during its landmark study of immigration policy for foreign physicians. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of The Physician Immigration Book, which is the most comprehensive and in-depth study of immigration issues related to IMGs. He is also the founder and first chair of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce, which advocates for more favorable public policy measures for IMGs.
Bob holds his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and was then a Fulbright Fellow at the law schools of Harvard and Moscow State University. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Law for his contributions to the legal profession and his community involvement.
Bob’s presentations are invariably highly informative, wide-ranging, and engaging with a significant dose of humor and audience participation. Most importantly, this session will give attendees a good insight into how immigration can be used as a powerful and highly effective recruitment tool.
This is not a session to be missed.
When & Where
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
About the Virginia Community Healthcare Association:
The Virginia Community Healthcare Association is a not-for-profit statewide association representing more than 100 community/migrant health center sites and similar organizations. The Association provides a number of services to its members all with the goal of increasing access to health care for all Virginians.
For more than 30 years, the Association has provided training and technical assistance services to CHCs in areas such as clinical/staff development, recruitment and retention services, board and executive development and financial training. The Association also works with communities throughout Virginia that are looking into starting a community health center.
“This event was made possible in part by Cooperative Agreement Number U58CS06833 from Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)/Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors/speakers and do not necessarily represent the official views of the HRSA/BPHC.”
Options for overnight lodging:
Marriott Courtyard Richmond Northwest-$93 per night including internet
3950 Westerre Parkway
Henrico, VA 23233
When calling directly to the hotel at the number above, please ask for rate code VCHR for a room with a King bed and VCHS for a room with 2 queen beds.
The hotel's website is www.marriott.com/ricnw. On the right side of the page, click "Special Rates & Awards" and type VC1 in the "corporate/promotion code" box.
Hyatt Hotel Sierra-$119 per night including breakfast
11800 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
Ask for the Government rate
Comfort Suites-$79 per night Single King; $90.09 Double-includes internet and breakfast
4051 Innslake Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Call the direct number above and ask for the Westerre Conference Center group rate.