NHSC Student to Service (S2S) Loan Repayment Program to open next week!

August 29, 2017

The 2018 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

The S2S LRP is open to medical (MD or DO) and dental students (DDS or DMD) in their final year of a U.S. accredited school who are planning to pursue a career in primary care.

Participants receive up to $120,000 (tax free) in exchange for at least three years of full-time service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Service Commitment
Upon completion of residency for medical students (dental residency is encouraged but not required), recipients must engage in 3 years of full-time or 6 years of half-time clinical practice at one or more NHSC-approved service sites located in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) of greatest need.

Plan Ahead

  • Learn more about the S2S LRP, including eligibility requirements and selection criteria, as well as the rights and responsibilities of individuals selected to participate.
  • Create a Federal Student Aid ID before beginning the application process to electronically import your Federal loan information for your application.
  • Gather documentation you will need to submit with your application:
  • Loan information
  • School transcript
  • Verification of good standing
  • Proof of passing Step/Level 1 of USMLE/COMLEX or  Part I of the National board Dental Examination
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV or resume

Know someone that might also be interested in the S2S LRP program? Encourage them to sign up to get notified when the application cycle opens!


Available Training: “2017 Recruiting for Retention Academy Workshop”

August 24, 2017

The Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is happy to offer for no charge, the “2017 Recruiting for Retention Academy Workshop.”  This six-part webinar series will begin on October 3, 2017.

Please see the flyer for details, the agenda and registration information.

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Van Dyne at melissa.vandyne@health.mo.gov; Joni Adamson at jadamson@mo-pca.org; or 3RNet at info@3rnet.org or 1-800-787-2512.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 23, 2017

What’s New

Overview of MIPS for Small, Rural, and Underserved PracticesFriday, September 8 from1:00 – 2:30 pm ET. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the National Rural Health Association will host a webinar on the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) track of the Quality Payment Program. Topics that will be covered include: overview of the Quality Payment Program, overview of MIPS, flexibilities and resources for small practices, overview of Virtual Groups, and resources offered by technical assistance organizations. Rural providers including Critical Access Hospital clinicians interested in learning more about the participation requirements of MIPS and options for voluntary reporting, particularly for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, should plan to participate.

Women and OpioidsThe Office of Women’s Health released a final report on Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdoes in Women. The study found that death rates from drug overdose for women are more pronounced in the rural South and Midwest. The report identified a possible explanation being that rural areas often lack access to treatment for substance use disorder.

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MTN & Show-Me ECHO Training Conference – September 26 & 27, 2017

August 23, 2017

MTN and Show-Me ECHO are hosting a training conference on September 26 & 27 at the Assessment Resource Center.  The link to their website for the agenda, registration form and other information is:   http://medicine2.missouri.edu/telehealth/training.html.

If you would like to attend, please complete the registration form and fax (573.884.8162)  to Wendy Hough, or scan and e-mail it to her at houghw@health.missouri.edu.