Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN and Psychiatry
Specialists: Yes; all specialists may apply.
Application Review: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Special program applications are reviewed according to the following:
Prior to April 1 of each federal fiscal year, under the special program the department may approve no more than five applications for a J-1 physicians proposing to practice in any urban area and no more than five applications for J-1 physicians proposing to practice in any non-urban area. An urban area is defined as any municipality having a population of 50,000 or more persons as well as any area within 10 miles of the boundaries of such municipality. The department may approve any application on or after April 1.
Notes: Facilities cannot include "non-compete" clauses in the physician contracts. The facility must also submit annual reports demonstrating a significant portion of the patients are from HPSA MUA/Ps and that all other criteria for the waiver have been met. To use a flex-spot, the facility must demonstrate a need and describe how the physician will serve underserved areas. There is a $200 program fee for applications. Physicians must spend at least 32 hours in direct patient care and may spend up to 8 hours a week on administrative duties.
Contact: Jacob Parsons
Office of Rural Health
South Dakota Department of Health
600 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501