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    Foreign Medical Graduate Information

    Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (MORHPC)
    The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (MORHPC) has been designated to serve as a State Contact and clearinghouse for the J-1 Visa Waiver Programs. Mississippi J-1 Visa Waiver Policies and Procedures for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and State 30 Program are available. 

    Delta Doctors J-1 Visa Waiver Program
    Offers a J-1 Visa waiver to foreign physicians who commit to serving for three years in an underserved area of the Delta region, allowing them to remain in the United States. Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee 
    Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. 
    Sponsor: Delta Regional Authority. 

    Practice Options for Mississippi Physicians

    Recently two independent journals, Physicians Practice and Wallet-Hub, named Mississippi as the best state to practice medicine in the U.S. Both publications cited several key factors that can affect a medical practice’s financial health such as: cost of living, disciplinary actions taken against physicians, tax burden per capita, Medicare’s Geographic Practice Cost Index (which adjusts reimbursements amounts to reflect the variation in practice costs from area to area), physician density, and malpractice award payouts per capita.  

    Physicians, in all stages of practice, have numerous practice options within the state. Options include working as an employed physician in a clinical or hospital, ownership or partnership in a private practice, and academic medicine. Each provides its own level of professional independence and financial risk.

    Before making a decision, carefully weigh your options. Begin planning six to nine months before you make the move. This will allow you time to investigate future workplace options and find the right space in the right location to set up practice. Base your final decision on your personal and professional preferences as we well as the conditions of the job market. 

    Contract Negotiation

    Physicians can find valuable advice regarding employment contract negotiation at the American Association of Family Physicians website. Points of interest include compensation models, salaries statistics and trends, and career planning tools. 

    Solo Practice Doctors
    This checklist for starting a new medical practice and questions to ask before you join a medical practice offer useful tips.

    The American Academy of Family Physicians has created an interactive website that is geared to doctors interested in solo and/or small practices.  A wide range of topics include relevant ICD-10 resources, government regulations, payment issues and more.  Browse here for more information. 

    Medical Practice Management
    In order for your medical practice to flourish, you (and your staff) must be well versed in current regulations, financial management, electronic health records, insurance reimbursements, patient record keeping and more. 

    The American Medical Association offers practice management solutions and tools as part of their online resource center. Topics include current information on procedural terminology coding, medical billing and insurance, clinical quality and patient safety, the physician payment schedule for Medicare, and HIPAA information. 

    The Medical Group Management Association of Mississippi  (MGMA) is an affiliate of the Medical Group Management Association, a nonprofit organization, headquartered in Denver, CO. More than 235 Mississippi administrators, office managers, and group practice CEOs are members.  
    Membership in the national organization is strongly encouraged but nor required. To register as a student, medical health care professional or physician, click here

    State Resources
    The state’s official website, MS.Gov, publishes a Business Quicklinks  page that includes information including financial assistance, business publications, professional licensing information and much more. 

    The Mississippi Development Authority’s Entrepreneur Center @ MDA, is a bureau within the Existing Industry and Business Division. The Entrepreneur Center provides financial, marketing, management, and technical assistance to new and existing small businesses. Services are offered at no charge.

    Business tips, including tax advice and resources, online programs, and advice on how to protect and secure your patient information can found at Mississippi’s Better Business Bureau

    Hospital Employment
    The Medical Group Management Association reports than more than 50% of practicing physicians choose to work within organizations affiliated with a hospital or health system. Read about the pros and cons of hospital employment here.

    The Mississippi Hospital Association provides a list of hospital profiles that may be used as a research tool and first step into the employment. It also collects and compiles information from the Department of Labor to create a user-friendly job trend search page. You can find the average salary, growth estimate and job popularity of a healthcare profession at MSHospitalJobs.com

    Academic Medicine Careers 
    Clinical and administrative positions are options at both of Mississippi’s hospitals – William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.  

    Each department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, performs its own faculty recruiting. William Carey College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg posts career opportunities online

    Although there are many academic physician headhunter agencies, several medical associations provide free online employment leads such as: American Academy of  Family Physicians Career Link, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Osteopathic Association Jobs Online, American Psychiatric Association, Journal of American Medical Association Career Center.  

    Primary Care Associations and Societies

    Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Meds Peds)

    The National Med-Peds Residents’ Association (NMPRA) seeks to enhance the Med-Peds specialty by: supporting and promoting resident advancement and professional opportunities; creating national connections and opportunities for residents; increasing awareness of and advocating for med-peds as a specialty; and recruiting medical students in the specialty.

    Family Medicine

    The American Academy of Family Physicians, comprised of 120,900 family physicians, is dedicated to advancing family medicine. Members have exclusive access to the organizations CME reporting service, discounts of hundreds of course and products and leading-edge career and practice support. The organization offers family medicine education resources, a direct network to U.S. and international colleagues, practice management tools, advocacy contacts, clinical recommendations, an online career center and more. 

    To participate in the state’s local chapter, call 601-853-3302 or email your request to www.msafp.org .

    General Internal Medicine

    The Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) is a national medical society of 3,000 physicians who are the primary internal medicine faculty of every medical school and major teaching hospital in the United States. SGIM members teach medical students, residents, and fellows how to care for adult patients. They also conduct research that improves primary care, preventative measures, and treatment services for patients

    The southern chapter of SGIM is comprised of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia, the Southern region typically holds a three-day meeting in the spring. Click here for more information.

    General Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Founded in 1951, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the specialty’s leading professional membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women’s health. Membership benefits include the ACOG Career Connection website, monthly newsletters, practice management advice, information on state ob-gyn legislation and resources and publications.

    Find more information on Mississippi chapter involvement at membership@acog.org.

    General Pediatrics

    The American Academy of Pediatrics, an organization of 64,000 pediatricians, maintains its Department of Federal Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. The academy has published hundreds of policy statements ranging from advocacy issues to practice recommendations. The academy's policy website contains all current academy policies and clinical reports. It has the largest pediatric publishing program in the world, with more than 300 titles for consumers and over 500 for physicians and other health-care professionals. These publications include electronic products, professional references/textbooks, practice management publications, patient education materials and parenting books.

    The Mississippi Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is a professional membership organization of more than 300 Mississippi pediatricians, both primary care providers and subspecialists. The MS Chapter AAP is one of the sixty-five autonomous yet affiliated chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    Geriatrics

    The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of nearly 6,000 health professionals devoted to improving the health, independence and quality of life of all older people. The Society provides leadership to healthcare professionals, policy makers and the public by implementing and advocating for programs in patient care, research, professional and public education, and public policy.

      





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