Panel Physicians are medical doctors who are authorized to conduct immigration medical evalutions by governments of countries who receive migrants. Panel Physicians implement screening guidelines required by the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. There are approximately 700 Panel Physicians who conduct health assessments for United States bound immigrants and refugees and 2,400 Panel Physicians and radiologists authorized by Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Panel Physicians and their colleagues form a diverse network of health professionals who must think globally, while engaging local communities and individual immigration applicants.
Panel Physicians are required to implement the Technical Instructions for the examination of migrants for each destination country. The Technical Instructions and requirements for each destination country vary, and can even vary by visa type of the migrating individual. All Panel Physicians must adhere to the Technical Instructions, however differences in practice management worldwide create unique opportunities for professional growth among the network of Panel Physicians.
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 report cases of infectious disease to the governments of destination countries, and locally as required by guidelines in countries where migrants originate.