Doctors Across New York

Physician Loan Repayment and Practice Support Programs

Physician Loan Repayment Program

Physician Loan Repayment provides up to $150,000 in loan repayment (i.e., repayment of qualified educational debt) for a five-year service obligation in an underserved area.

Physician Practice Support Program

Physician Practice Support provides up to $100,000 in practice support funding over two years for providing medical services in an underserved area. Funds are available for salary enhancements, sign-on bonuses, or other direct payments to physicians.

The New York State Department of Health is expected to make approximately 100 loan repayment awards and more than 100 practice support awards in early 2009.

Specialties In Need

Physicians in any specialty may apply, if they can demonstrate that the specialty is in need in the underserved community. Preference will be given to physicians who propose to spend a majority of their time providing primary care services; care for women and obstetric services; general surgical services; care for the elderly population; emergency medicine services; or mental health services, including child and adolescent mental health care.

Eligible Applicants

  • Hospitals
  • Health care facilities licensed by the Department of Health or municipal or county governments
  • Private physicians and physician practices

Physicians may apply independently, through group practices, or with a health care provider. Hospitals and other health care providers may also apply to fill needed positions in their facility or community. Physicians may also contact prospective employers to discuss submitting an application(s).

To be Eligible for Loan Repayment or Practice Support Funds, Physicians Must:

  • Be United States citizens or permanent residents
  • Have graduated from an institution located in New York State (either a medical school, residency program, or high school)
  • Have completed residency training within five years immediately preceding the period in which the award is made
  • Not have practiced in an underserved area prior to May 1, 2008
  • Practice in or serve an underserved area
  • Provide full-time service defined as 35 hours, with 32 or more weekly clinical hours

For a complete list of eligibility requirements refer to the Requests for Applications (RFAs) available at the website below.

The Department of Health will announce awards in early 2009.

For a copy of the RFAs, please visit our website: