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Right in the heart of America, outside the bustling city lights, you’ll find life in rural Kansas where the sights, sounds, and culture invite you to explore small town life. The Kansas 3RNet Member, Rural Health Education and Services (RHES) department at The University of Kansas Medical Center challenges you to find out how rural Kansas can become where you live, work, play, and call home. As a health care professional looking for a job in a rural or underserved area in Kansas, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the rich diversity of opportunities The Sunflower State has to offer.

We know a job search can be overwhelming. To help make this process a bit easier, we’ve gone straight to the source to provide a quick guide for you as you look for your dream job in Kansas! Whether you’re researching loan repayment/forgiveness options, beginning the job search process, or looking for temporary coverage (locum tenens) opportunities, we hope you’ll find the resources listed below helpful.

Financial-Based Incentives

The Kansas Bridging Plan is a loan forgiveness program (up to $26,000) offered to physicians in the following Kansas residency programs:

  • Family Practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Medicine/Pediatrics

The Kansas Bridging Plan has placed 281 physicians in Kansas communities since 1991. Of those, 82% are still practicing in Kansas.

If you’re interested in hearing a first-hand account of what it’s like to participate in the Kansas Bridging Plan, read Dr. Wendell Ellis’ story – Dr. Ellis participated in KBP 20 years ago and is still serving the same community.

The Kansas Bridging Plan is just one of many loan repayment/forgiveness programs offered and supported by the State of Kansas. Visit http://www.kdheks.gov/olrh/FundLoan.html for details.

Kansas also offers Rural Opportunity Zone financial incentives to new full-time residents. Visit https://www.kansascommerce.gov/program/taxes-and-financing/roz/ for more information.

Job Search Services

The Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center is a statewide program that provides many services, all of which are designed to assist health care professionals in finding the right practice opportunity and ensure they receive the support and assistance needed throughout the job search.

·      Another impressive stat for the state, KRRC has helped 168 health providers find their home in Kansas.

Kansas Career Opportunities provides an opportunity for resident physicians, health care job seekers, and students to meet, network, and potentially find a job with health care employers from across Kansas.

Temporary Coverage Opportunities

The Kansas Medical Resource and Kansas Locum Tenens programs provide temporary coverage for rural physicians’ medical practice, so the rural physician may have time-off for personal or professional reasons.

To participate in the temporary coverage programs, health care providers must have a full license issued by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, a DEA Certificate, and malpractice insurance. Each provider must also agree to a complete background check.

As a Kansas Medical Resource provider, physicians can provide coverage for general surgery, psychiatry, radiation oncology, anesthesiology, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and other health care specialties.

A Kansas Locum Tenens provider must be a resident or faculty physician of The University of Kansas School of Medicine. Physicians can provide coverage in family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics. Resident physicians can take advantage of a sponsorship to help cover malpractice insurance costs.

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