Montana Rural Physician
The Montana Rural Physician Incentive Program (MRPIP), authorized by the 1991 Montana Legislature and amended in 1997 and 2007, was created to encourage physicians to provide service to rural and medically underserved areas and populations in Montana. The MRPIP fund is statutorily appropriated to be used to pay the educational debts of physicians who practice in rural or medically underserved areas of the state or who provide services to primarily medically underserved populations. The trust is funded by fees assessed to Montana medical and osteopathic medical students participating in the WICHE and WWAMI medical education programs.
Eligible individuals include United States citizens, nationals or foreign nationals who:
- Have a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, and
- Are eligible for and obtain licensure in the State of Montana, and
- Have existing eligible medical education loans held by US lenders and US loan servicing agencies.
Eligible MRPIP applicants are expected to:
- Have full hospital privileges within the broad community in which they practice.
- Apply for Federal NHSC loan repayment benefits if practice area/location qualifies.
Applicants and the facilities at which they are employed must establish that a physician shortage exists and that the area has been unsuccessful in recruiting sufficient numbers of physicians to serve the community in which the physician is located.