Resources

Federal Loan Repayment Opportunities 

National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment
National Health Service Corps Nurse Corp
 
 For more information, contact Heather Tolley, Shortage Designation Coordinator with the State Office of Rural Health at 1.304.558.4007, or toll-free at 1.888.442.3456 or via email at Heather.N.Tolley@wv.gov

J-1 Visa Waiver
There are two options for J-1 visa waivers in West Virginia - The Department of State (DOS) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Program.
 
For more information, contact Beth Amare, J-1 Visa Waiver Coordinator and Loan Repayment Coordinator with the State Office of Rural Health. She can be reached by phone at 304.356.4217 or toll-free at 1.888.442.3456 or via email at  Bethlhem.S.Amare@wv.gov.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Exchange Visitor Program accepts applications to request waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirement. Applications to request waivers to deliver health care services are available at: www.globalhealth.gov.
 
Contact your immigration specialist if you have questions or Michael Berry, Clinician Recruitment and Services, Parklawn Building, Room 8-15, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857. He can be reached via phone at 301.443.4151 or via email at  MBerry@HRSA.gov

WV State Loan Repayment Program
The West Virginia State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) offers medical loan repayment to primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician assistants, pharmacists and dentists in return for an obligated service in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in West Virginia for a non-profit employer.
 
The maximum repayment during the required initial two-year contract is $40,000. Two one-year contract amendments may be awarded at qualifying sites for a maximum of $25,000 per year. Contract amendments are awarded based on the availability of funding.

For more information, contact Beth Amare, J-1 Visa Waiver Coordinator and Loan Repayment Coordinator with the State Office of Rural Health. She can be reached by phone at 304.356.4217 or toll-free at 1.888.442.3456 or via email at  Bethlhem.S.Amare@wv.gov.

WV State Recruitment and Retention Community Project
The Recruitment and Retention Community Project (RRCP) is designed to help fill the gaps that exist with state and federal loan repayment/scholarship programs. This is accomplished by building on existing incentives to develop a more competitive package for the recruitment and retention of primary health care providers.
 
The purpose of this grant is to help rural communities recruit and retain primary health care providers in medically underserved communities by providing financial support in the form of recruitment grants (loan repayment, loan forgiveness) and retention grants (locum tenens), or other incentives approved by the Bureau of Public Health.

There is a maximum of four years of support through this program.
 
A 50% match between the Bureau of Public Health and the sponsoring community organization, not to exceed a combined total of $20,000.

For more information, contact Beth Amare, J-1 Visa Waiver Coordinator and Loan Repayment Coordinator with the State Office of Rural Health. She can be reached by phone at 304.356.4217 or toll-free at 1.888.442.3456 or via email at  Bethlhem.S.Amare@wv.gov.
 

Other Loan Repayment Options

Medical Student Loan Program 
Loan forgiveness: Must practice in WV for each year of loan forgiveness in the field of family medicine, OBGYN, general surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics or psychiatry; OR practice in an undeserved area of WV. Up to $10,000 per year in loan forgiveness for 4 years ($40,000).
 
For more information, contact Jan Ruge, Program Manager with the WV Higher Education Policy Commission at 304.558.4614 or toll-free at 1.888.825.5707.

Health Sciences Service Program 
 
Must match with a primary care residency in West Virginia & practice in a rural or undeserved area of West Virginia for 2 years (full time) or four years (half time). $20,000 one-time recruitment incentive award.

For more information, contact Ashley Noland with the WV Higher Education Policy Commission at 304.558.0530 or via email at anoland@wvnet.hepc.edu.

Educational Seed for Physicians (ESP)
Must practice 2 years in West Virginia in family medicine; students who receive award in 4th year must practice for one year in the state. $5,000 per year for up to 3 years ($15,000).
 
For more information, contact Molly Urian, Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia at 304.733.6485 or via email at  fam.med.foundation@citynet.net.

Tully Fund 
Must Practice one year in West Virginia in family medicine. $5,000 per year for 2 years ($10,000 total)
 
For more information, contact Molly Urian, Family Medicine Foundation of West Virginia at 304.733.6485 or via email at  fam.med.foundation@citynet.net.