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Recruitment Assistance Program

This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three coninuous years of practice in an eligible rural community. Dentists must enter into a contract with the South Dakota Department of Health in order to participate in the program. The amount of tuition reimbursement for a qualifying dentist is equal to twice the current USD school of Medicine's resident tuition for a four-year period. Since South Dakota does not have a dental school, the USD School of Medicine's resident tuition is being used as the basis for reimbursement. The current amount is approximately $140,000.

To be eligible a Dentist must:

  • Be licensed as a Dentist in South Dakota.

  • Agree to practice as a general dentist in an eligible community for at least three consecutive years.

  • Provide services to Medicaid Patients.

To be eligible a community must:

  • Have a population of 10,000 or less

  • Have been assessed by the Department of Health and determined to both need and be able to sustain a dentist.

  • Agree to pay a pro-rated portion of the total reimbursement payments:

Under 2,500 population - 25%
2,500 - 5,000 population - 50%
Over 5,000 population - 75%

Contact Information

Jacob Parsons, Office of Rural Health
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Email: Jacob.parsons@state.sd.us
Phone: 1-800-738-2301




Recognize Someone Who Has Impacted Dentistry In South Dakota

If you know someone in your district or anywhere in the state who has made outstanding contributions to dentistry in South Dakota, please submit his/her name to the South Dakota Dental Association to be considered for recognition and an award. The awards are presented during the Awards Lunch at the SDDA Annual Session. The SDDA Executive Committee will make the final determination. To review the award categories and nominate someone, use the SDDA Award Nomination Form.