At our core, we believe in the beauty of the American Dream, and in giving each foreign-educated healthcare professional the chance to bring their own to life.
That is why we have continued to make positive changes to our MedPro International program by including new, highly-specialized programs, improving clinical and professional exam preparation, and expanding our dedicated team so you are supported every step of the way throughout your journey with us.
While we have always believed in providing exceptional service and dedication to our foreign-educated healthcare professionals, we knew it was time to make some changes to all that we had to offer. One of MedPro’s core values is “always learn and grow,” and to be true to ourselves, we knew we had to revise parts of our program in order to continue to evolve and better provide positive, memorable, and rewarding experiences to all of you.
Some of the changes we have made include:
- We have hired additional educators to improve test pass rates.
- We secured a partnership with the Health Sciences Simulation Center at Broward College, providing a state-of-the-art venue for nurses to validate their clinical skills
- We built a transitional-DPT program to provide the necessary education for Physical Therapists to work in the U.S.
- We created the Spark New Grad program to assist new grads get on the path to qualifying for a career in the U.S.
- We have added content to MedProU to better equip you to practice in the U.S.
- We have built new dedicated training facilities, including a skills lab.
- We have expanded the team that gets you credentialed and licensed for work in the U.S.
- We have invested in technology to better monitor and manage your overseas progress.
- We have expanded our sales team to secure more clients to offer you wider placement options.
In addition, following a recent legal case, we have agreed to make modifications to different aspects of your journey, including communication, orientation, housing, and placement policies. We are confident that these exciting changes will allow for each of you to work towards the life you have always wanted, and feel empowered throughout your new chapter of living and working in the U.S. with MedPro International.
For more information about the legal case, please read the following press release from MedPro:
MedPro Healthcare Staffing, a Joint Commission-certified staffing agency that recruits U.S. and foreign-educated healthcare professionals for assignments across its nationwide network of client healthcare facilities, has agreed to modify certain policies and communications to improve the experience for its foreign-educated healthcare professionals.
For decades, America has faced a nursing shortage, a problem that has been increasing in severity. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects by the year 2024, there will be a deficit of over one million registered nurses—double the number seen in past shortages. This is tied to several factors, including an aging nurse generation, longer life expectancy, and the aging of baby-boomers that make up a disproportionate share of the population. The shortage of healthcare professionals, especially in certain U.S. markets, negatively impacts access to care and the quality of care that patients receive.
To combat the shortage of qualified U.S. healthcare professionals, MedPro Healthcare Staffing has invested millions of dollars to recruit and prepare foreign-trained healthcare professionals to practice in the U.S. This lengthy and costly process includes professional licensure, English testing, education credentialing, U.S. assimilation training, orientation, and securing the necessary immigration work authorization. MedPro employs a team of educational, credentialing, and immigration specialists to improve the success rate for its candidates. MedPro also bears almost all the candidate’s out-of-pocket costs associated with the process. The process can take several years and cost tens of thousands of dollars. As part of its commitment, MedPro secures permanent residency for almost all its foreign-trained professionals, permitting them to work in the U.S. for any employer and live the American Dream.
In return for this support and sponsorship, MedPro healthcare professionals agree to remain employed with MedPro for a contracted period of time. During this time each healthcare professional is paid at least the prevailing wage for their specialty plus scheduled raises, and receives a comprehensive benefits package, including group health insurance, company-paid disability and life insurance, 401k, continuing education reimbursement, and paid time off. Once they have completed their contracted employment term, the healthcare professional is free to seek employment elsewhere.
As a result of litigation between MedPro and Ms. Eden Selispara, a former employee, MedPro identified a number of changes it could make to help improve communications, reduce misunderstandings, and clarify expectations for our overseas candidates looking for a better life in the U.S. MedPro understands that immigrating to the U.S. is a major decision for our candidates, and we are committed to making the process as transparent as possible.
“MedPro is always looking for ways to improve the experience for our employees and candidates so we can be the trusted leader in the recruitment and placement of foreign-educated healthcare professionals,” says Liz Tonkin, CEO of MedPro Healthcare Staffing. “We understand and acknowledge that Ms. Selispara’s experience was not a positive one for her, and we apologize for that.” The case between MedPro and Ms. Selispara was settled without any admission of liability on the part of either party.