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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
http://doh.sd.gov/providers/ruralhealth/recruitment-assistance-healthcare-professionals/

 

 

SDDA News

Annual Session  

 

The pre-registration deadline for the SDDA Annual Session is Friday, May 8, 2015. Annual Session will be held May 14-16, 2015 in Sioux Falls. Hotel rooms are going fast.  In addition to the headquarters hotel (Sheraton) there are rooms available at the Ramada Inn. Phone numbers for reservations are: the Sheraton - 605-331-0100; the Ramada - 605-336-1020. Ask for the SDDA rate.

Hard copies of the registration were included with the Spring Newsletter and have been sent to all dental offices. To print a copy of the registration form click here. Pre-registration is also available on-line at http://www.sddental.org/asce_annualsession_registration.htm

All SDDA members are encouraged to attend the SDDA House of Delegates meetings on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Attendees on Thursday will hear from Dr. Maxine Feinberg, President of the American Dental Association.

 


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