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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.

Find North Dakota’s designated shortage areas at