Who We Are
Panel Physicians work with international public health and migration experts to stop the spread of infectious disease and protect public health. Panel Physicians are required to treat and report cases of infectious disease as required by governments of destination countries, and locally in accordance with regulations in countries of origin. The International Panel Physicians Association is the only organization worldwide whose mission is to improve the capacity of physicians and healthcare workers who conduct immigration medical evaluations. IPPA was founded in 2009 by a group of Panel Physicians who recognized a need for professional affiiliation, training and education amongst themselves and their colleagues. Our members are physicians, nurses, laboratorians, radiologists and administrative staff who work in private and public settings to implement the Technical Instructions.
Collaboration for Capacity
Panel Physicians implement public health requirements for diagnosing and managing Tuberculosis. Panel sites deal with practical complexities of TB prevention, infection control, contact management, diagnosis and treatment for migrants, through private programs and in collaboration with local networks of healthcare workers and specialists. Their scope of work includes clinical management, direct digital radiological investigation, interferon gamma release assay (IGRA), rapid liquid culture systems, fluorescent staining systems, molecular biology for species identification, drug susceptibility testing (DST), directly observed therapy (DOT) and surveillance. Panel Physician screening sites also uphold international standards for treatment delivery by training healthcare workers globally in DOT. Treatment for TB disease is provided by the Panel Physician or through a referral in partnership with National Tuberculosis Programmes (NTPs), depending on capacity and national regulations. Read about how panel physician programs contribute to tuberculosis control through capacity building from representatives of the Immigrant and Refugee Health Working Group.
The International Panel Physicians Association (IPPA), collaborates with the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to present educational and training opportunities for Panel Physicians and healthcare professionals who implement the Technical Instructions. IPPA offers specialized training for implementing the Technical Instructions in practice and also provides opportunities for Panel Physicians to learn how to become better leaders and managers. Our educational programs allow participants to explore the challenges and solutions relevant to their practice through active and competency based learning methods. IPPA creates opportunities for delegates to directly interact with health and migration experts, Consular Officers, and other professionals in a collegial educational environment.
8th Annual Intergovernmental Panel Physician Training Summit, April 12-16 2021
The Training Summit is vitally important to Panel Physicians and staff who work in migration health assessment programs. Content and delivery of the Summit is produced in partnership with the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Summits provide an opportunity for Panel Physicians to directly interact with health and migration experts, Consular Officers, and other Panel Physicians in a collegial educational environment. Training Summits feature presentations, breakout sessions, panel discussions and opportunities for one-on-one education.