This program offers repayment of educational loans to primary care physicians and other primary care practitioners, in return for an obligation to practice in a rural underserved area of West Virginia. The site must be public or nonprofit and located in a HPSA. The program is funded by a federal grant (50%) and state (50%)appropriation.
Eligibility: Primary care physicians in general family practice, general pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, general internal medicine, general psychiatry; and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse-midwives.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens with valid, unrestricted West Virginia licenses and/or certificates, and must have satisfied any other state or federal service obligation prior to beginning the loan repayment service obligation.
Benefits: $40,000 for a two-year commitment. Contracts may be extended for two additional years at a rate of $25,000 per year.
Loan repayment will pay for qualified government and commercial educational loans for medical or other health professions education and reasonable living expenses. Loan repayments are considered taxable income.
Awards are made by the Bureau for Public Health, based on a ranking of community need and availability of health professionals.
Obligation: Recipients of loan repayment must sign a contract to practice full time for a minimum of two years at an approved site in a HPSA. Penalties apply for breach of contract.
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