Health Professionals Recruitment and Retention Programs 

Arkansas Health Professionals - Primary Care, Mental Health & Dental

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care (ORHPC) is engaged in placement of healthcare providers in medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas in rural Arkansas.  Serving as the state liaison for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), health professionals are matched with clinical sites in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). 

The NHSC programs offer primary care medical, dental and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in Arkansas communities with limited access to care.

Loan Repayment & Scholarship Programs Available:

The FY 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program is now open.

The deadline for submission is March 20, 2014.
The NHSC Loan Repayment program provides loan repayment assistance to licensed primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers who serve in communities with limited access to health care. There are both full-time and half-time options for service commitment. The dollar amount of assistance and length of service depend on participation in either the full- or half-time and on the need on the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) score of the site.

In order to apply for the loan repayment program, you must
  • be licensed to practice in an NHSC-eligible discipline, 
  • have a job at an NHSC-approved site, and 
  • have unpaid, qualifying educational loans
Primary care providers working full-time at an NHSC-approved site with a HPSA score of 14 or above can receive up to $50,000 in loan repayment for committing to serve at site for at least two years.

Primary care providers working full-time at an NHSC-approved site with a HPSA score of 13 or below can receive up to $30,000 in loan repayment for committing to serve at the site for at least two years.

At the end of two years, Corps members can apply to continue their service and receive additional loan repayment. With continued service, providers may be able to pay off all their student loans!

Scholarship Program - The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program (SP) awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care (funding is for a maximum of 4 years including tuition, required fees, reasonable educational costs and monthly support stipend).  In return, students commit to serving for two to four years in an underserved Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) site upon graduation and completion of training.  To apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national, be a full-time student at an accredited school and pursuing a degree in an NHSC eligible disciple:  Medicine (MD or DO), Dentistry (DDS or DMD), Nurse Practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwife or Physician Assistant.

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S)  - The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S) is a program that provides loan repayment assistance to medical students (MD and DO) in their last year of school, in return for a commitment to provide primary health care services in eligible Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.  The S2S LRP will provide funds to participants to repay their outstanding qualifying student loans while still completing health professions training. 

Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) - The Faculty Loan Repayment Program (FLRP) is administered by the Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service (BCRS) in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This program is for Health Professions Faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds who may receive as much as $40,000 towards repayment of their student loans in exchange for educating tomorrow’s clinicians.  Individuals selected to participate in the program agree to serve on the faculty of an accredited health professions college or university for 2 years.  The Government pays up to $40,000 of the participant’s student loans and provides funds to offset the tax burden. Participants should also receive matching funds from their employing educational institution.  

The FY2014 Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is now open. 

The deadline for submission is February 27, 2014.  
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program sets registered nurses (including advanced practice registered nurses and nursing faculty) on a rewarding career path while paying off 60 percent of their unpaid nursing student loans in just 2 years – and an additional 25 percent of the original balance for an optional third year.  In return, NURSE Corps members fulfilling a service obligation at one of the thousands of eligible nonprofit hospitals, clinics, nursing schools and other facilities located in designated mental health or primary medical care Health Professional Shortage Areas across the U.S.

To be eligible to apply, you must
  • be a licensed registered nurse (nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses are encouraged to apply) or nurse faculty
  • have completed your training (diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate)
  • be employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) at an eligible critical shortage facility.
Funding preference is based on your financial need and the facility where you work.

Acts

Retired Physician Immunity ACT

Act 844 of 1995 makes it possible for retired physicians to continue service to the community while maintaining immunity from civil suit. Only retired, licensed physicians and surgeons are eligible under this act. Free or low cost medical clinics must assure the clinic's mission is to provide free or low cost services; provide verification that the clinic is not receiving insurance payments for services rendered; submit a list of physicians currently providing services and their medical specialties; make a statement indicating that retired physicians delivering services in the clinic are not receiving any financial or other compensation from the clinic and are acting on a voluntary basis; provide a copy of the retired physician's medical license; and provide a copy of the clinic's policy for notifying patients that the physician rendering voluntary medical services is retired and that he/she is immune from civil suit. Accompanying the application must be a copy of the most recent financial or audit statement or an explanation for its absence. The application is effective for three years.

Downloads
Retired Physician Immunity Act Application Form

Volunteer Licensed Health Care Professional Immunity Act

Act 276 of 1997 makes it possible for other non-retired health care professionals to provide services as volunteers free from civil damages. Any medical doctor, chiropractic physician, dentist, optometric physician, podiatrist, and licensed health care professional who provides voluntary service without financial reimbursement in a clinic, hospital or primary care setting is eligible for registration under this act. Free or low cost medical clinics must provide a statement indicating the mission of the clinic is to provide free or low cost services; verification that the clinic is not receiving insurance payments for services rendered; a list of all physicians and their medical specialties and health care professionals currently providing volunteer services in the clinic; a statement indicating that physicians and health care professionals delivering services in the clinic are not receiving any financial or other compensation from the clinic and are acting on a voluntary basis; a statement on file that all professional health care providers providing services in the clinic have a current professional license; and a copy of the clinic's policy for notifying patients that the physician/health care professional is rendering voluntary medical services and that he/she is immune from civil suit. This policy must be in a language understood by the patient. Accompanying the application must be a copy of the most recent financial or audit statement or an explanation for its absence. The application for registration is effective for three years.

Downloads
Volunteer Licensed Health Care Professional Immunity Act Appication Form

Other Arkansas Rural Practice Programs

For additional opportunities for rural communities, physicians, and students interested in rural health, connect to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine Rural Programs.

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