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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) provides opportunities for qualified foreign nationals to travel and gain experience in the US through a wide range of programs for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years.
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BridgeUSA (J-1 visa) Physician is for foreign nationals who are graduates of a school of medicine who come to the United States under a program in which he or she will receive graduate medical education or training conducted by accredited US schools of medicine or scientific institutions.
Eligibility. Foreign nationals who have adequate prior education and training to participate satisfactorily in the program for which they are coming to the United States.

• Be able to adapt to the educational and cultural environment in which they will be receiving their education and training
• Have the background, needs and experiences suitable to the program
• Have competency in oral and written English
• Have passed either Parts I and II of the National Board of Medical Examiners Examination, the Foreign Medical Graduate Examination, Step I and Step II, or the Visa Qualifying Examination (VQE) prepared by the National Board of Medical Examiners, administered by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
• Provide a statement of need from the government of the country of their nationality or last legal permanent residence. Providing written assurance to the Secretary of Health and Human Services that there is a need in that country for persons with the skills the alien physician seeks to acquire and the alien physician has filed a written assurance with the government of this country that he/she will return upon completion of the training
• Have an agreement or contract from a US accredited medical school, an affiliated hospital or a scientific institution to provide the accredited graduate medical education, signed by the alien physician and the official responsible for the training

Highlights
• Participants participate in US graduate medical education programs or training at accredited US schools of medicine.

Benefits
School credit: Graduate medical education or training in a specialty or subspecialty occupation

Duration
• Maximum 7 years (residency program)

Limitations
• Solely for the purpose of observation, consultation, teaching or research and that no element of patient care is involved
• Any incidental patient contact will be under the direct supervision of a US citizen or resident alien who is licensed to practice medicine in the State in which the activity is taking place
• Will not be given final responsibility for the diagnosis and treatment of patients
• Any activities will conform fully with the State licensing requirements and regulations for medical and health care professionals in the State in which the program is being pursued
• Any experience gained will not be creditable towards any clinical requirements for medical specialty board certification