An important goal for the North Dakota Primary Care Office (NDPCO) is improving access to primary healthcare and
needed specialty care in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), Medically Underserved
Areas (MUAs), and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs). Through the Conrad 30 Waiver Program, the NDPCO can
contribute towards increasing access to these areas and populations by sponsoring J-1 Physicians who agree to
serve in HPSAs/MUAs/MUPs; therefore, waiving the two-year home requirement that a J-1 Physician would otherwise
need to complete. The Conrad 30 Waiver Program enables NDPCO to act on behalf of the state of North Dakota to
request up to thirty (30) waivers per year for eligible J-1 Physicians.