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Loan Repayment and Visa Waiver Programs
Supporting Primary Care Physicians in Underserved Communities
Pennsylvania Dept. of Health Loan Repayment Program
Application forms and additional information available online or contact:
Mary Smith, Program Administrator, (717) 772-5298.

You can handle your medical school loan debt and stay in Pennsylvania!

Connect to J-1 Visa and other National Interest Waivers programs.

Browse current openings.

Applications are reviewed quaterly.  

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program
Physician opportunities in Pennsylvania may also qualify for NCHC LRP. New enhancements resulting from dramatically increased investments in primary care workforce and infrastructure in the federal health care reform legislation include:

  • $60,000 for two years of service
  • Full and Part-time contracts available

Call the Pennsylvania Dept of Health Loan Repayment Program staff to learn more about:
  • The location of the designated underserved areas
  • Where the existing approved openings are posted 
  • How to get your practice site approved
  • How to get connected to the Visa Waiver Programs
For more information on the Loan Repayment Program for primary health care practitioners, please visit and click on the “Loan Repayment Program” link, or email

Loan Forgiveness
What is the bill in the state legislature about loan forgiveness for physicians? The Shapiro Bill (House Bill 1093) was sucessfully added to House Bill 1 as an amendment. Read more.
PA Primary Care Opportunities
Visit the Department of Health's Bureau of Health Planning to learn more about visa waiver programs and loan repayment opportunities online.
National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps is a federally coordinated program that matches primary care physicians to the nation's underserved communities. Find current openings listings and program details online.
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