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Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program

The 2016 application cycle is now open.  Completed applications must be postmarked by June 30, 2016.


The goal of the Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program (OPLRP) is to increase access to primary care for underserved communities and populations. In exchange for loan repayment assistance, physicians commit to practice for a minimum of two years at an eligible site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or Health Resource Shortage Area, accept Medicare and Medicaid, and see patients regardless of ability to pay.

For the first two-year contract, selected full-time applicants practicing a minimum of 40 hours per week may receive up to $25,000 annually for repayment of outstanding medical school debt. Those who remain at their practice sites and maintain eligibility may receive up to $35,000 annually for a third and fourth year of service. Part-time participants practicing between 20 and 39 hours per week may receive up to half the amount of full-time participants.

Physician Eligibility

The following primary care specialties are eligible:

  • Family Practice
  • General Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine  
  • Geriatrics 
  • Psychiatry (General, Child and Adolescent, Geriatric)

Physicians applying to OPLRP must either be in current practice or in the final year of residency or fellowship training at the time of application. If applicants have existing obligations to a government or other entity, the obligations must be met prior to beginning a loan repayment contract. 

Practice Site Eligibility

Practice sites must be located in a HPSA or Health Resource Shortage Area and provide primary care and/or behavioral health services in an ambulatory setting.  In addition, sites are required to: 

  • Accept Medicaid 
  • Accept assignment for Medicare 
  • Accommodate all patients regardless of their ability to pay

Free Clinics may contact ODH at the phone number or e-mail address below to determine their eligibility as an OPLRP practice site.  Urgent care centers are not eligible practice sites.     


In addition to the application and forms below, the following documents are required to apply:

  • CV or resume 
  • Copy of Ohio Medical License
  • Background and biographical statements
  • Copy of waiting room/lobby sign
  • Practice site’s sliding fee scale, corresponding policy and waiting room sign, if applicable
  • Authorization to lenders/loan servicers to release financial information to ODH
  • Copies of current loan balance statements
  • Position Description
  • Copy of employment contract

For more information:

Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Physician Loan Repayment Program
Primary Care Office
246 North High Street – 7th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-7475
Fax:             (614) 564-2432

Last Updated: 5/16/2016

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