West Virginia - Eastern Panhandle

Melissa Wheeler , Bureau for Public Health
Tel: 304-558-4382 | 1-888-442-3456
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Feel the tension slip away as you cross the miles to picturesque towns nestled in rolling hills, only a stone’s throw away from the big city lights and bustle. There’s captivating history with Colonial and Civil War roots; terrific shopping for antiques, crafts, contemporary housewares and clothing; your choice of lodging at resorts, spas, bed and breakfast inns and motels; relaxation and adventure on the rivers, roads, raceways and golf courses; plus theater, cinema and fine dining. Steeped in over 200 years of history, this region of West Virginia will enchant one and all.

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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