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Oregon offers mountains and streams, deserts and valleys, coastline and beaches, forest and dunes, towns, ranches and cities. Skiing, fishing, boating, hiking, biking and more. Oregon is your opportunity to balance a healthy active lifestyle with a rewarding practice.

If that was not enough, Oregon values rural providers by offering provider incentives to practice in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Oregon offers a variety of provider incentives from loan repayment and forgiveness to rural provider tax credits and medical professional liability insurance subsidies.  

Oregon Health Care Provider Loan Repayment

This loan repayment program established by the Oregon Legislature to help support underserved communities recruit and retain high quality providers who serve Medicaid and Medicare patients. In exchange for service at a qualifying practice site, participants receive funds to repay qualifying student loan debt.

Eligible providers include:

  • Dentists
  • Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists
  • Physicians (MD, DO, or ND)
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Licensed Clinical Social Workers
  • Marriage or Family Therapists

Oregon Partnership State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP)

SLRP is an incentive program for primary care providers working in Health Professional Shortage Areas. In exchange for service at a qualifying practice site, participants receive funds to repay qualifying student loan debt. Funding for SLRP is by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and matched by a provider's service site.

Eligible providers include:

  • Allopathic or Osteopathic Physicians specializing in Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, General Internal Medicine, Gerontology, General Psychiatry or Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Primary Care Nurse Practitioners 
  • Primary Care Physician Assistants 
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives 
  • Dentists (DMD/DDS) 
  • Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists 
  • Licensed Mental Health or Behavioral Health Professionals: Clinical or Counseling Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, or Psychiatric Nurse Specialists
  • Registered Nurses
  • Pharmacists 

Rural Medical Practitioners Insurance Subsidy Program
Oregon’s insurance subsidies support and stabilize the health care workforce in rural and frontier areas.  The insurance subsidy program provides partial payments to authorized medical professional liability insurance carriers on behalf of health care providers in rural Oregon, who otherwise would have to pay the full cost of malpractice insurance themselves. 

Eligible providers include:

  • Physicians: Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, General Surgery, Community Psychiatry, and OB/GYN
  • Nurse Practitioners: Family, Adult, Nurse Midwife, Gerontology, Pediatric, and Psychiatric Mental Health

Rural Practitioner Tax Credit Program
Oregon offers a tax credit, worth up to $5,000, for providers working in rural and frontier communities. 

Eligible providers include:

  • Dentists
  • Physicians
  • Podiatrists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists
  • Optometrists 

To learn more about Oregon incentive programs and available job opportunities, visit us at www.ohsu.edu/orh.  

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