New ISMS-Backed Legislation Opens a Licensure Path for More International Medical Graduates!
September 8, 2023
Governor Pritzker recently signed two bills to help alleviate licensing barriers in Illinois for certain internationally trained doctors, which will also help to address doctor shortages.
ISMS; Upwardly Global; the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR); and Illinois State Representative Theresa Mah, Ph.D., spent more than a year working together to secure these legislative wins! Other national and local advocacy groups also supported these changes:
- An amendment of Senate Bill 1298 creates a permanent pathway to full licensure for certain international medical graduates (IMGs) who weren’t otherwise eligible and allows them to obtain the necessary training. Under this law, the internationally trained doctors would work for two years with limited practice under the supervision of a licensed physician. The care must take place in an area with medical need or with a health professional who treats underserved populations. This legislation takes effect Jan. 1, 2025.
- House Bill 2948 forms a new ombudsman position within IDFPR to help eligible IMGs navigate the relicensing process. This legislation takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.
On Capitol Hill, U.S. Representative Adam Smith has introduced three bills to help internationally trained health professionals enter the U.S. workforce.
If you have questions, please contact ISMS Senior Vice President of State Legislative Affairs Erin O'Brien by email.