October 2004

Mercy in Roseburg Attracts Physicians

A recent article in The Oregonian newspaper highlighted Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg, Ore., and its success in attracting doctors under the Conrad-30 visa program. The program, named for the North Dakota senator who authored the legislation, waives a requirement for foreign-born doctors who complete residencies in the U.S. to return to their home countries for at least two years. In return, the physicians commit to working for at least three years in areas that have difficulty attracting doctors, including rural areas, inner cities and Native American reservations. Each state is allowed to place 30 of these physicians each year. Working together, Mercy Medical Center and the Roseburg Clinic have attracted 10 Conrad-30 doctors to Roseburg, the most of any location in Oregon. For more information, contact Kathleen Nickel of Mercy at kathleennickel@catholichealth. net.