West Virginia

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Tel: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
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“West Virginia is real, from the wild outdoors to the kind folks. A simple place for families to reconnect. For lovers to explore. Where adventure is the everyday. It's one-of-a-kind, down-home, mountain living. And there's more hidden in these hills than you could ever expect.”.

West Virginia is a small state located entirely in the region known as Appalachia.  Though the state may be small it has a lot to offer. In West Virginia, you will find an array of events and activities. For outdoor enthusiasts, West Virginia offers a wide variety of activities such as white water rafting, rock climbing, skiing, fishing, and endless trails for hiking. There are lots of places to visit such as the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, the Clay Center in Charleston, or enjoy a live show at Mountain Stage. Additional information about our beautiful state can be found at http://wvtourism.com.

            The West Virginia Health Professions Recruitment Program, located within the West Virginia State Office of Rural Health, can assist you with placement opportunities in the beautiful state of West Virginia.  Our program assists hospitals, private group practices, and primary care centers statewide with the recruitment and retention of primary care physicians, sub-specialists, dentist, and other health care professionals.

            If you are a foreign medical graduate, West Virginia participates in the Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program for sub-specialists and primary care providers and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program for primary care providers.

We utilize the State Loan Repayment Program, the Recruitment & Retention Community Project, J-1 Visa Waiver Programs, and the National Health Service Corps as placement enhancements. Our placement services and the J-1 Visa placement services are all free of charge.

            Your training has prepared you to practice quality medical care, and we would consider it a privilege to discuss your personal and professional interests. West Virginia offers you a quality of life that’s hard to find anywhere else. In West Virginia, you’ll practice in a place where there’s still a spirit of community and old-fashioned concern. West Virginians hospitality and spirit will win your heart. Come see what West Virginia has to offer!

 

Key Points

West Virginia multiple placement opportunites for health care providers, with a special emphasis placed on our high need Health Professional Shortage Areas.

We utilize the State Loan Repayment Program, the Recruitment & Retention Community Project, J-1 Visa Waiver Programs, and the National Health Service Corps as placement enhancements.

Specialties Sought

We are currently recruiting for all health care providers. Loan repayment options are availabe for many of our health care facilites.

West Virginia coordinates and administers the J-1 Visa waivers through the two Federal programs; the Appalachian Regional Commission J-1 Visa Waivers and the Department of State "Conrad 30" Program.

When applying using the Appalachian Regional Commission program physician’s request must be sponsored by a state located within the Appalachian Region. The physician must agree to provide primary clinical care for 40 hours per week at a site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. West Virginia’s J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a three year service obligation

For the Department of State “Conrad 30” Program physicians must agree to provide medical care for a minimum of 40 hours per week in either a Health Professional Shortage Area or a Medically Underserved Area. Sub-specialists and specialists are allowed to participate in this program, in addition to primary care providers. West Virginia J-1 Visa Waiver Program requires a 3 year service obligation.

J1 Contact Information

Bethlhem Amare, Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community and Rural Health Services
West Virginia State Office of Rural Health
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Phone: 304-558-4382
Fax: 304-558-1437
bethlhem.s.amare@wv.gov

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Office of Community and Rural Health Services
Division of Rural Health & Recruitment
350 Capitol Street, Room 515
Charleston, WV 25301-3716
Phone: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
Fax: 304-558-1437
Melissa.S.Wheeler@wv.gov

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