• Physician Workforce

    Resources and Information

    Scholarships and Loan Repayment

    • Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program offers scholarships to rural medical students in Mississippi who agree to practice in underserved rural areas of the state upon completion of their degree. The program is designed for students currently residing in rural areas of Mississippi who wish to return to those areas to practice medicine. Students are mentored throughout the program, from undergraduate to initial practice support and mentoring. Applicants must plan to complete an internship/residency program in one of the following primary care specialties: family medicine, combined medicine-pediatrics, pediatrics, general internal medicine or obstetrics-gynecology.
    • National Health Services Corps (NHSC) is a federal program that provides scholarships or repays the educational loans of primary care physicians and other health care providers (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentist and hygienists, mental health professionals and certified nurse midwives) who agree to serve a minimum of two years in a federally designated health professional shortage area. 

    Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)

    Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) are designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as having shortages of primary care, dental care, or mental health providers and may be geographic (a county or service area), population (e.g., federally qualified health centers, or state or federal prisons). To search for a HPSA in Mississippi and facilities that utilize HPSA scores, click here