Based upon federal authorization, up to 10 J-1 physicians may now be placed in a non-designated area, as long as the employing facility can show that the physician is serving the underserved population.
Prior to April 1 of each federal fiscal year, under the special program the department may approve no more than five applications for J-1 physicians proposing to practice in any urban area and no more than five applications for J-1 physicians proposing to practice in any non-urban area. An urban area is defined as any municipality having a population of 50,000 or more persons as well as any area within 10 miles of the boundaries of such municipality. The department may approve any application on or after April 1.
The application process for special program positions is similar to the process for standard positions with the following exceptions:
For more information contact Josie Petersen at 1-800-738-2301 (in South Dakota only), or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.