International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Emerging Issues for Academic Health Care Institutions

Wednesday, May 31
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
LACC, Room 501

Presenters will cover topics that have emerged over the past year at academic medical institutions and discuss those that continue to be an ongoing challenge to practitioners. This presentation includes a question and answer session and provides an opportunity for attendees to share best practices and strategies.

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Janice M. Bianco

Manager International Physician Services
Cleveland Clinic

Janice M. Bianco is manager of international physician services at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and former manager of the Exchange Visitor Program of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). She has 30 years of experience in international education and has been a frequent presenter at NAFSA conferences. Ms. Bianco holds a degree in political science and sociology from Villanova University and a Master of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Stony Brook University.


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Robert D. Aronson

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Robert D. Aronson is an Attorney and Shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., a multi-practice law firm located in Minneapolis, MN. He is widely regarded as a leading figure in immigration law and policy for the academic community - particularly research personnel. He has authored over 70 articles on various aspects of immigration law and was the Editor-in-Chief of "The Physician Book" (ILW: 2011). He was a co-founder and chair (1992-2001) of the IMG Task Force and the first recipient of the Roberta Freedman Lifetime Achievement Award for his professionalism and mentorship in physician immigration matters. He was also the immigration legal counsel to the Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (COGME), the advisory body to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in its study of U.S. immigration policy for International Medical Graduates. In 2012, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University School of Law for his contributions to the profession and the community. In 2017, he received the Sidney Barrows Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cardozo Society, the affinity group of lawyers, jurists, and law students of the Twinn Cities. He is also Chair-Elect of HIAS, the the nation’s oldest refugee rights organization and the voice of the American Jewish community in providing refugees of all faiths and backgrounds with protection and dignity. He holds his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law and was a Fulbright Fellow at the law schools of Harvard University and Moscow State University (Russia).


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Dan Berger

Curran & Berger LLP

Dan Berger is a partner at the law firm of Curran , Berger & Kludt in Northampton, MA, and a frequent speaker, editor and writer on immigration law. Dan has been editor for the AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook since 2000, Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, and a co-founder of the US Alliance for International Entrepreneurs, as well as Regulatory Practice Coordinator for NAFSA. Dan developed his interest in immigration in college, where he studied immigration history and taught English to adult refugees.


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Eleanor M. Fitzpatrick

Director - House of Medicine Initiatives
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

Eleanor M. Fitzpatrick, MA currently serves as is the Director of the House of Medicine Initiatives for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In this role, she coordinates ECFMG’s educational outreach programs and collaborative projects with U.S. teaching hospitals and the broad academic medical community. Eleanor is an expert on U.S. immigration policies for international medical graduates (IMGs) and J-1 physicians who participate in clinical training at ACGME accredited institutions. For more than twenty years, she managed ECFMG’s Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program (EVSP) which partners with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in overseeing the J-1 physician program. Eleanor actively participates in national conferences and instructional workshops for medical educators and administrative staff. She contributes to publications on IMGs and J-1 issues.

Prior to joining ECFMG in 1996, Eleanor worked in international health and development, including five years at the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, DC. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA and a Master’s in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.


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