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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

Kelsey Hanson, Office of Rural Health
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Email: Kelsey.Hanson@state.sd.us
Phone: 1-800-738-2301
http://doh.sd.gov/providers/ruralhealth/recruitment-assistance-healthcare-professionals/

 

 

SDDA News

There is still time to register for the SDDA Annual Session to be held May 15-17, 2014 in Sioux Falls, however hotel rooms are going fast.  In addition to the headquarters hotel (Sheraton) there are rooms available at the Ramada Inn which is located across the street from the Sheraton.  Phone numbers for reservations are: the Sheraton - 605-331-0100; the Ramada - 605-336-1020. Ask for the SDDA rate.

The pre-registration deadline for Annual Session is May 2, 2014. Hard copies of the registration have been sent to all dental offices. If you need another copy please call the SDDA office at 605-224-9133 or you can download it online at http://www.sddental.org/asce_annualsession_registration.htm To pre-register on-line click here.  

The SDDA House of Delegates will meet on Thursday, May 15 2014 at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Several resolutions will be considered during the meetings. Delegates will debate on a number of issues affecting the South Dakota Dental Association. All members are invited to attend.