- Preference will be given to students from underserved/rural areas and/or those who are minorities underrepresented in medicine. Preference will also be given to South Carolina residents.
- The applicant will not have another current service obligations to the Federal Government (e.g., National Health Service Corps, Military Service Obligations), or a State, or another entity prior to the beginning the program. The applicant will not have defaulted on any previous
- service obligations to the Federal Government or State of South Carolina.
- The applicant will not enroll in another federal, State of South Carolina, or other state repayment program nor one with another public or private entity (examples: community hospital recruitment program)
- Individuals in the Reserve Component of the U.S. Armed Forces or National Guard are eligible to participate. If participation in the reserves, in combination with other absences from the services site, exceed 35 workdays per service year, the service obligation will be extended to
- compensate for the break in full-time service.
Award recipients must practice their profession for a period of at least three years at a site approved by the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare. Approved sites must be located in a federally recognized Primary Medical Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (MHPSA) for psychiatry, which are also in a SC County designated as high need according the SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare methodology.
The funds that the recipient are in addition to any other salary, benefits or other compensation the physician receives as part of a practice and/or employment arrangement provided there is no duplication of benefits
Full-time clinical practice is defined as a minimum of 40 hours per week of patient care at an approved service site, with no more than eight of those hours per week devoted to practice- related administrative activities.