Health Professional Students
Oregon Health & Sciences University provides the Family Medicine Rural Immersive experience which allows students an opportunity to immerse themselves in, and to explore the career choice of, rural Family Medicine. Students will work with select FM rural preceptors for twelve consecutive weeks at one rural site. Students who complete the Rural Immersive will gain a comprehensive understanding of Family Medicine in a rural context and will learn concepts in rural medicine, FM Core, and community health. Continuity concepts will span the twelve weeks. Students use dedicated study and project time to further the clinic’s or community’s health through mechanisms such as quality improvement, education, or patient materials. Students will simultaneously satisfy requirements for: Family Medicine core experience, the rural experience, and the continuity experience. In the AHECSW region, students work with local healthcare professionals in Coos Bay. If you need information on this rural rotations, please contact Dianne Halbert, Director of Operations, at .
Oregon Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program
Application Opens: March 19, 2018
Deadline: May 11, 2018
The Office of Rural Health will conduct technical assistance webinars in the month of March for both sites and providers.
Practice Site Technical Assistance Webinar
March 28, 2018
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Webinar will cover program information, site requirements and information on completing Site Applications.
Provider Technical Assistance Webinar
March 29, 2018
12.00 pm – 1.00 pm
Webinar will cover program information, provider requirements and information on completing the Loan Repayment Application.
Email announcements with full details on these webinars will be sent in the near future.
Oregon Health Care Provider Incentive Loan Repayment Program Overview
In 2017 the Oregon Legislature created the Healthcare Provider Incentives Program (HB 3261) in the Oregon Health Authority. The purpose of the program is to support access to health care for underserved communities throughout Oregon. The program offers loan repayment to health care providers who commit to serving patients in underserved areas throughout the state.
Eligible provider types include:
Dentists in general or pediatric practice;
Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists;
Physicians (MD, DO or ND) who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology;
Nurse Practitioners who practice in the specialties of adult health, women's health care, geriatrics, pediatrics, psychiatric mental health, family practice, or nurse midwifery;
Physician Assistants who practice in the specialties of family medicine or general practice, general internal medicine, geriatrics, pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology;
General, child and adolescent or geriatric Psychiatrists;
Licensed Clinical Social Workers;
Licensed Professional Counselors;
Marriage or Family Therapist
Providers must practice at an eligible Oregon site, providing primary care in an outpatient setting.
Eligible sites must:
Be located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), or have a Facility HSPA; AND
Be serving Medicaid and Medicare patients in no less than the same proportion of such patients in the county; AND
Have a Site Application on file with the Oregon Office of Rural Health and have received confirmation of site qualification.
If the majority of providers at a site are not eligible for reimbursement from both Medicaid and Medicare, the site may qualify if it is located in a HPSA AND serves either Medicaid or Medicare patients in no less than the same proportion of such patients in the county.
Site Applications are valid for one year and can be found on the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s website.
Award Amounts and Commitment
Providers practicing full time must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 50% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $35,000 per obligation year.
Providers practicing part time must commit to a 3-year minimum service obligation in exchange for a tax-free award of 25% of their qualifying educational loan debt balance, up to $25,000 per obligation year.
Oregon Healthcare Provider Loan Repayment application will be available March 19th on the Oregon Office of Rural Health’s website.
For more information and answers to specific questions, please contact the Office of Rural Health at: | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.