Physician Shortage Areas

Physician Shortage Areas Foreign-born physicians who wish to stay in the U.S. to practice medicine may first be required to to serve for a number of years in a physician shortage area like a federally-designated medically-underserved area (MUA), a health professional shortage area (HPSA) or for a Medically Underserved Population (MUP).

Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designations that indicate health care provider shortages in primary care, dental health; or mental health. These shortages may be geographic-, population-, or facility-based.

Medically-Underserved Areas/Populations are areas or populations designated by Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA)  as having too few primary care providers, high infant mortality, high poverty or a high elderly population.

An International Medical Graduate (IMG) or a Canadian physician completing a medical residency or fellowship on a J-1 visa usually needs to serve in a physician shortage area for 3 years in order to obtain a waiver of the 2-year home residency requirement. A foreign-born doctor who wishes to obtain a green cards using National Interest Waiver (NIW) must practice in physician shortage areas for 5 years before being granted permanent residence.


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Resources – Physician Shortage Areas

  • Physician Shortage Areas (PSAs)
  • Find Shortage Areas: HPSA & MUA/P by Address
  • Find Shortage Areas: HPSA by State & County
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