Member Named Chair of Immigrant Medical Task Force

[MMA News Now, Aug. 7, 2014] Edwin Bogonko, M.D., immediate past president of the Twin Cities Medical Society, was recently named chair of the state’s new Task Force on Immigrant International Medical Graduates.

The group is charged with developing strategies to integrate refugee, aslyee and other immigrant physicians into the Minnesota health care delivery system.

 Edwin Bogonko, M.D.

According the Minnesota Department of Health website, the group will:

•    Analyze demographic information of current medical providers compared to the population of the state.
•    Identify, to the extent possible, foreign-trained physicians living in Minnesota who are refugees or asylees and interested in meeting the requirements to enter medical practice or other health careers
•    Identify costs and barriers associated with integrating foreign-trained physicians into the state workforce
•    Explore alternative roles and professions for foreign trained physicians who are unable to practice as physicians in the Minnesota health care system
•    Identify possible funding sources to integrate foreign-trained physicians into the state workforce as physicians or other health professionals.


The Task Force is expected to issue recommendations to Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, M.D., and the state Legislature in January 2015.

For more information, visit the task force’s website.



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Judith F Shank

8/7/2014 8:23 PM

This work is long over-due and I whole heartedly support it. Even if foreign trained physicians cannot practice as physicians, they often have valuable skills which can be utilized for the benefit of patients.

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