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Faculty Loan Repayment Program Now Open!

May 25, 2016

Application cycle is open

The 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open and will close on June 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Read the 2016 Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB) carefully before you start your 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program application.

Technical Assistance

Participate in the Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Conference Call:
Date/Time: June 9 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Dial-in: 1-888-982-4610
Passcode: 2741206

About the program

The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides loan repayment to individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career as a faculty member in a health professions school. Program applicants must be from a disadvantaged background, have an eligible health professions degree or certificate, and have an employment commitment as a faculty member at an approved health professions institution for a minimum of two-years.


Program participants receive funds (up to $40,000 for two-years of service) to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. The qualifying educational loans must be obtained prior to the application deadline of June 30, 2016.

Funding Preferences

To obtain funding preference an applicant must:

  • Be employed full-time or part-time at an eligible health professions school
  • Submit a written agreement that the school will match the award payment from the Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Apply Now

Video: 2016 Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Learn More
Application and Program Guidance (PDF – 374 KB)
Faculty Loan Repayment Fact Sheet (PDF – 240 KB)

(TTY: 1-877-897-9910)
Weekdays (except Federal holidays), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 25, 2016

What’s New

VA Announces Telemental Health Resource Centers. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ new Telemental Health Resource Centers “will provide Veterans, particularly those living in rural areas, with rapid access to mental health services where local barriers exist.”  The first of seven locations is already operational in West Haven, CT and focuses on severe mental health issues such as chronic depression and bipolar disorder.  The remaining resource centers – in Charleston, SC; Salt Lake City, UT; Pittsburgh, PA; Boise, ID; Seattle, WA; and Portland, OR – will open this summer.

USDA RD MO GRH Update: Increased Loan Volume

May 24, 2016


Loan submission volume has greatly increased. In order to improve the efficiency of USDA RD’s delivery of Conditional Commitments to lenders, we ask for your assistance to submit complete and well-documented loan applications.

Complete applications are processed in date order received by the Agency. Loan applications that are determined to be incomplete or have inaccurate data WILL NOT be placed in line for review until they are corrected per Section 3555.107(a) and could be returned to the lender.   If the file is released from GUS for corrections, the submission date will be the new final submission date in GUS.


Research Alert: Identifying Rural Health Clinics in Medicaid Data & Characteristics of the Patients Served

May 23, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers. View the Research Alert.

Meeting Invitation: Getting Your Patients Ready for Effective Health Care Communications: A New Beginning in Diabetes Management

May 20, 2016

Getting Your Patients Ready for Effective Health Care Communications: A New Beginning in Diabetes Management

Meeting Description:

Effective patient-provider communication is the foundation for providing patient-centered diabetes care. This webinar will focus on teaching the strategies that diabetes educators, health educators, and community health workers can use to enhance and improve patient-provider communication.

The webinar will include an overview of the latest recommendations for improving patient-provider communication, along with practical strategies you can use to increase patient self-efficacy in communicating with health care providers.

Learn how diabetes educators are using the New Beginnings Discussion Guide to address this essential topic in diabetes self-management education.


Upcoming Webinar – PSO: What you should know – Medical Offices & Ambulatory Care Services

May 19, 2016

“PSO: What you should know”

Patient Safety Organization (PSO)

Thursday, May 19, 2016 (12pm-1pm CST)
ATTN: Medical Offices and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

The Center for Patient Safety is hosting a webinar to share information and answer questions on how joining a PSO can help you improve patient safety at your organization:

  • What are the benefits of joining a PSO?
  • How a PSO can support your patient safety efforts?
  • How can PSO protections apply to your organization?

This webinar is open to healthcare professionals in medical offices, physician groups, and ASCs with a desire to improve patient safety and reduce patient risk, including professionals working in quality, risk, patient safety, quality improvement, and legal staff, executive leaders, and outside counsel and consultants for medical offices, ASCs or health systems.

Register for Medical Office and Ambulatory Surgery Center Webinar (05/19/16)

Research Alert: Webinar Save the Date! Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences

May 19, 2016

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers. View the Research Alert.