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Delta Doctors 

To increase access to quality health care, the Delta Regional Authority has implemented the Delta Doctors program. The program allows foreign physicians who are trained in this country to work in medically under-served areas for three years. Those in the Delta Doctors program do not take jobs away from U.S.-born physicians. Instead, they provide critical medical services in areas with a physician shortage.

The Delta Regional Authority is able to recommend J-1 visa waivers to the State Department. Medical school graduates from other countries normally are required to return to their home countries for at least two years after they complete their education; however, the J-1 visa waiver obtained under the Delta Doctors program allows graduates to stay in the United States if they spend at least three years in a medically under-served area. The physicians must provide primary care in their specialty fields for at least 40 hours a week. The Delta Doctors program also accepts waiver requests for medical specialists.  Physicians must also provide care to the indigent, Medicaid recipients, and Medicare recipients.

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The Delta Doctors program allows foreign physicians who are trained in this country to work in medically under-served areas for three years. The program is not a residency program, nor is the Delta Regional Authority able to assist in the placement of foreign medical students into residency programs. For additional information, email deltadoctors@dra.gov or call (662) 624-8600.

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