Training Pathways for J-1 Visas
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in conjunction with the US Department of State and representatives of the US academic medical community have approved and implemented a consensus statement regarding the issue of ECFMG sponsorship in non-standard training programs. Non-standard programs are those for which ACGME accreditation is not available and for which there is no board certification. For detailed information regarding application procedures, please go to the ECFMG Web site.
Effective July 1, 2003, ECFMG sponsorship in non-standard training programs will be limited to those disciplines that, although not independently accredited by the ACGME, are recognized by an appropriate ABMS-member board.
The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), as an ABMS-member board, is viewed as the subject matter expert on educational developments within the specialties of pediatrics. It is left to the discretion of the ABP whether, how, and under what circumstances to recognize a discipline for purpose of J-1 sponsorship.
To streamline the J-1 application process, the ABP has compiled a list of non-standard advanced training pathways in pediatrics for which training programs exist. The ABP recognizes these disciplines for the purpose of J-1 sponsorship. The Board will not recognize specific training institutions, programs or individual J-1 physicians.