The “Take A Look” program aims to expose healthcare professionals in training to practice opportunities in Upstate New York communities.  Through 3-day, guided tours participants are encouraged to learn about Upstate New York hospitals, medical staffs, communities and cultures through hospital, FQHC, and ambulatory care site visits.  We want Upstate New York to be top of mind when these individuals begin their job search!

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I was very surprised with the many opportunities available in Upstate NY and it solidified my decision to ultimately move there. We met many physicians who are happy and enjoying their daily work in the community … It was truly an eye-opening experience.

2017 "Take A Look" Participant

PGY 2 Internal Medicine Resident

Loan Forgiveness


Doctors Across New York (DANY) is a series of state-funded programs enacted in 2008 to help train and place physicians in a variety of settings and specialties to care for New York’s diverse population. DANY programs include: Physician Practice Support (PPS), Physician Loan Repayment (PLR), Ambulatory Care Training, Studies on the Physician Workforce, and the Diversity in Medicine/Post-Baccalaureate Program.

Physician Practice Support and Physician Loan Repayment awards both provide up to $120,000 in funding over a three-year period to applicants who can identify a licensed physician that has completed training and will commit to a three-year service obligation in an underserved region within New York State.

For more information, please visit:
Doctors Across New York Webpage


The purpose of the Regents Physician Loan Forgiveness Award Program is to increase the number of physicians practicing in areas of New York State designated by the New York State Board of Regents as having a shortage of physicians. Emphasis is placed on primary care.

Pending the appropriation of State funds during the yearly session of the New York State legislature, at least 80 awards up to $10,000 per year for two years are offered. Award amount is based on undergraduate and medical school student loan amounts, loan interest expense, and income.

Applications and information are available from the Office of K-16 Initiatives and Access Programs, Scholarships and Grants Administration Unit by February of the competition year.

For more information, please visit:
NYSED Regents Physician Loan Forgiveness Award Program



Visa Sponsorship Information


Having quality physicians is essential to providing healthcare in rural communities. In many cases, the ability of healthcare facilities to remain open depends on having an adequate staff of physicians. Unfortunately, rural areas often experience difficulties in the recruitment and retention of physicians. Due to these difficulties, many communities turn to the recruitment of foreign medical graduates who trained on a J-1 Visa to fill their physician vacancies.

A J-1 Visa Waiver waives the two year home residency requirement and allows a physician to stay in the country to practice in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Medically Underserved Area (MUA) if recommended by an interested federal government agency.


The New York State Department of Health sponsors 30 physicians each year for J-1 visa waivers under the New York “State 30” Program. Applications submitted by the deadline (usually late November/early December) are reviewed on a competitive basis with final decisions being made by March. The program does not provide direct recruitment services for J-1 candidates. This program is open to all specialties. Candidates must agree to practice, or serve populations residing, in federally designated underserved areas in New York State for three years if granted a waiver and H-1B visa by U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services.

Additional Resources:
• US Department of State – J-1 Visa Waiver
• New York “State 30” Program Information Bulletin
• Rural J-1 Visa Waivers

“Without a look at Upstate New York, I probably would have totally skipped applying for residency or furture jobs in the area. I was given the opportunity to meet key leaders and job recruiters.”

2018 "Take A Look" Participant

4th Year Medical Student

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