State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) in Maryland 
Recruitment and retention of health professional workforce is a MDH priority. SLRP in Maryland is a collaborative effort among state and federal entit​ies to offer funds towards higher education loans for health professionals. The SLRP requires a 1:1 match to the Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program (MLARP) program. SLRP (Federal Funds) applies to physicians and physician assistants. MLARP (State Funds) applies to physicians, physician assistant, and medical residents. Those eligible receive an opportunity to practice in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) while also getting funds to help pay their higher education loans.

​PROGRAM

LOAN PARTICIPANT

PRIMARY CARE SPECIALTIES

OTHER SPECIALTIES

 

SLRP

Physicians

Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry

 

Physician Assistants

Adult, Family, Geriatric, Psychiatry, Mental Health, Women’s Health

 

 

 

MLARP

Physicians

Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine

Physicians that practice a medical specialty other than primary care may be considered if there is an identified shortage in that specialty

Physician Assistants

Adult, Family, Geriatric, Psychiatry, Mental Health, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine

Physician assistants that practice a medical specialty other than primary care may be considered if there is an identified shortage in that specialty

Medical Residents

Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine

 

 

Eligible Practice Sites:

SLRP

An eligible practice site is one operated as a public clinic by any federal, state, local governmental entity or a non-profit medical care facility that 1) treats all persons regardless of ability to pay, and 2) is located in a geographic region of Maryland that the Health Resources and Services Administration has designated as a HPSA (Primary Care HPSA for internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology and geriatrics; Mental HPSA for psychiatry).

MLARP

An eligible practice site could be non-profit or for profit medical facility that 1) treats all persons regardless of their ability to pay and 2) is located in a Health Professional Shortage Area, or 3) Medically Underserved Area, or 4) site is located in one of the 18 rural counties of the State.

SLRP Eligibility Requirements:

Physicians and Physician Assistants who are eligible to apply for participation in the SLRP must meet the requirements listed below. These requirements are included in the SLRP Participant Application and are as follows:

  • Have a medical degree (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) and completed residency training or a physician assistant license
  • Be practicing as a primary care physician (e.g., general internal medicine, family medicine, general pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, women's health or general psychiatry)
  • Have a valid unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland at the time the service obligation begins
  • Be a citizen of the United States or be a U.S. National
  • Be employed full-time, at least 40 hours per week, at an eligible practice site (32 hours per week must be in direct outpatient care)
  • Have not breached an obligation for service to a federal, state, or local governmental entity or another obligation for service even if the obligation was ultimately fulfilled
  • Have no judgment lien against property for a debt to the United States
  • Not be excluded, debarred, suspended, or disqualified by a Federal agency
  • Have no un-served obligations for service to a federal, state, local government, or other entity, with the exception of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Primary Care Loans, Exceptional Financial Need Scholarships, and Financial Assistance for Disadvantaged Health Professions Students
  • Have no existing service obligation with any other loan repayment program
  • Have no existing default status on any higher education loan
  • Have no debts written off as uncollectible
  • Have no service or payment obligation waived
  • Have never violated court-ordered child support or been delinquent in child support payments
  • Practice at an eligible practice site

Application Deadline and Process:

There are two application periods annually: Spring (March 1 - April 15) and Fall (September 1- October 15). A technical scoring sheet will be used to score and rank applications. The following criteria is scored and ranked when reviewing an application:

  • The Professional Competence and conduct of an applicant;
  • Specialty of Practice;
  • Jurisdiction;
  • Rural/Urban Practice Site;
  • Health Professional Shortage Area Score;
  • Years provider plans on working at site;
  • Total educational loan indebtedness;
  • Salary; and
  • Not for profit/For profit status

Award Amount

Up to $50,000 per year for a 2-year obligation

Renewing an Award

A recipient may reapply for an award after completion of the first 2-year service obligation. A recipient’s total award amount cannot exceed $200,000, or two 2-year obligations at $50,000 per year.  There are eight Parts to the SLRP/MLARP application. 

The Maryland Department of Health Population Health Improvement Office had a 50% increase in the number of providers awarded for the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) and Maryland Loan Assistance Program (MLARP) for Spring 2017. Due to the significantly higher than the average number of awards currently under obligation, SLRP/MLARP applications for the Fall 2017 cycle will not be accepted. To add your name to our mailing list for loan repayment program updates please click here​.


Contact
Temi Oshiyoye, M.P.H.
Maryland Department of Health
300 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-767-4467
Fax: 410-333-7501
temi.oshiyoye@maryland.gov

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