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The 2019 Washington State Legislature passed Second Substitute Bill 5846 into law. The bill created the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Assistance Workgroup charged with studying and reporting recommendations to the Governor and the legislature by December 1, 2019. The workgroup had to provide recommendations related to integrating IMGs into the Washington residency system among other related requirements. The Washington Medical Commission was charged with providing staff support and submitted the final report on its behalf.

In 2020, the Washington State Legislature chose to extend the responsibilities of the workgroup with the passage of Senate Bill 6551. The IMG Implementation Workgroup was created and charged with determining clinical readiness criteria for IMGs; a grant award process for those who provide career guidance and clinical training for IMGs; and an evaluation process for hardship waivers. 

In 2022, the workgroup continues responsibilities given to it by the Washington State Legislature with the passage of Senate Bill 6551. Additionally, the legislature passed SHB 1129. This new law requires the Medical Commission (WMC) offer a limited clincal experience license for IMGs, which is an aspect of the workgroup's success.

The IMG Implementation Workgroup remains charged with determining a grant award process for those who provide career guidance and clinical training for IMGs and an evaluation process for hardship waivers. The workgroup must submit an annual report to the legislature by June 30, 2021, and yearly thereafter until July 1, 2025. 

After meeting monthly throughout 2022, the workgroup voted to propose use of a Clinical Experience Assessment (CEA) which meets the requirement set forth by the IMG Implementation Workgroup. The workgroup recommends the CEA be used to exhibit what level of “entrustment” might be appropriate for a graduating student entering residency and aid IMGs success in gaining a residency position.

The workgroup recommends the CEA be used to exhibit what level of “entrustment” might be appropriate for a graduating student entering residency and aid IMGs success in gaining a residency position.

2024 Meeting Items Location Meeting Doccuments 
February 6, 2024

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March 5, 2024 Agenda
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April 2, 2024 Agenda
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May 7, 2024

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June 4, 2024  Agenda
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July 2, 2024 Agenda
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August 6, 2024 

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September 3, 2024 Agenda
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October 1, 2024  Agenda
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November 3, 2024

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2023 Meeting Items Location Meeting Doccuments
March, 14 2023 Agenda
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April, 11 2023 Agenda 
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May, 2 2023

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June 13 2023 Agenda
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July 11, 2023 N/A N/A  
August 8, 2023 Agenda
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September 12, 2023 Agenda
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October 10, 2023 N/A N/A  
November 14, 2023

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December 5, 2023

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2022 

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April 12, 2022 Agenda
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Held Virtually 2022 IMG Workgroup Calendar
WA Dept. of Health Grants Award Process 
May - ad hoc N/A Held Virtually Meeting of Sub-group on Hardship Waiver
Meeting of Sub-group on Clinical Readiness Criteria
June 14, 2022 Agenda
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July 12, 2022 Agenda
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August 9, 2022 Agenda
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September 12, 2022

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October - ad hoc N/A Held Virtually  
November 15, 2022 Agenda
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December 6, 2022 Agenda
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2021

   

 

Feb. 8,  2021 Agenda
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Held Virtually House Bill 1129
Workforce Development Plan - Dr. Pawels, UW
March 30, 2021 Agenda
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Held Virtually Minnestoa IMG Efforts - Yende Anderson, Emily Langerak
July 22, 2021

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2021 Workgroup Norms
2021 Meeting Calendar

August 26, 2021 Agenda
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Held Virtually IMG Rediness Portal - Dr. Khalif, WA IMG
October 28, 2021 Agenda
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Held Virtually Highline Reserach Documents: 
Proposed Pathways to Practice for International Medical Graduates
IMG Propsal Summaries
Colorado’s IMG Advocacy Efforts
November 18, 2021 Agenda
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WA Dept. of Health Grants Award Process 

 

 

2020

   

 

August 7, 2020

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Held Virtually *Draft* Clinical Experience Language
September 14, 2020 Minutes Held Virtually *Draft* Exceptional Waiver Table
November 9, 2020 Minutes Held Virtually *Draft* Recommendations Clinical Readiness Criteria: CPA’s for Entering Residency
February 9, 2021 Minutes  Held Virtually

Workforce Development Implementation Plan

March 30, 2021 Minutes  Held Virtually

MN International Medical Graduates Presentation

Colorado Advocacy Efforts

 

 

 

 


 

2019 

 

 

 

July 8, 2019

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Room TC2 158 

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Guidelines: IMG Workgoup Assignments 

Guidelines: Workgroup Norms

July 22, 2019

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Presentation: GME Matching Process

Presentation: Family Medicine Residency Growth in WA

Presentation: MN IMG Program Progress

Article: JAMA article USMLE issues

August 5, 2019

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GoToMeeting Presentation: Pre-residency Support Systems in WA and Related Needs 
August 19, 2019 

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Presentation: Potential Licensure System Changes for IMG

Brief: Service Obligations

Sept. 4, 2019

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GoToMeeting Disscussion Report: IMG Workgroup recommendations draft
Sept. 16, 2019 

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Sept. 30, 2019 Agenda

Room TC2 158 

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Access Issues and barriers graph - Dr. Mohamed Khalif, MBBS