South Dakota Recruitment Assistance Program

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To Be Eligible…

This program provides qualifying physicians, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners or nurse midwives an incentive payment in return for three continuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Providers must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health in order to qualify. The amount of the incentive payment for a qualifying physician or dentist is equal to twice the University of South Dakota School of Medicine resident tuition for the four most recently completed academic years. The current amount is approximately $208,754. The amount of the incentive payment for a qualifying physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife is equal to twice the University of South Dakota resident tuition for physician assistant studies for the three most recently completed academic years.  The current amount is approximately $56,880.

To be eligible a physician must:

  • Be licensed as a physician in South Dakota
  • Have completed an accredited residency program in family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, or obstetrics/gynecology
  • Agree to practice full time as a physician in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under chapter 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare and State Children’s Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area

To be eligible a dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a dentist in South Dakota
  • Agree to practice full time as a general or pediatric dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under chapter 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare and State Children’s Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area

To be eligible a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife must:

  • Be licensed in South Dakota as a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife
  • Agree to practice full-time in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years
  • Agree to be a participating South Dakota medical assistance provider and to serve any individual eligible under chapter 28-6 and may not refuse treatment to any such individual while participating in the program
  • Provide services to Medicaid, Medicare and State Children’s Health Insurance Program patients
  • Not have previously participated in such program, or any other state or federal scholarship, loan repayment or tuition reimbursement program which obligates the person to provide medical services within an underserved area

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less
  • Be assessed by the Department of Health to evaluate the community’s need for eligible providers and its ability to sustain and support additional providers and be found eligible for participation.
  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total amount of the incentive payment
    • 0-2,500 population – 25%
    • 2,501-4,999 – 50%
    • 5,000-10,000 – 75%

Loans That Qualify

  • Stafford loans
  • Grad PLUS loans
  • Consolidation loans
  • Perkins loans
  • Health Professions Student Loans (HPSL)
  • Private student loans

Next Steps

For more information, contact Jacob Parsons at the Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501; phone 800.738.2301 or 605.773.2679;

email [email protected].

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