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:
Loan Repayment Program
The National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program offers primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while earning a competitive salary, in exchange for providing health care in urban and rural communities that are in underserved areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
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.
NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program (NURSE Corps LRP) provides loan repayment assistance to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwife, clinical nurse specialist, nurse anesthetist working in a public or private nonprofit Critical Shortage Facility– OR –loan repayment assistance to nurse faculty employed by an accredited school of nursing.
NURSE Corps participants received 60 percent of their total outstanding qualifying educational loan balance incurred while pursuing an education in nursing in exchange for a 2-year service commitment. Qualifying participants may receive an additional 25 percent of their original loan balance for a third year of service.
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.
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.
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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