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Recruitment Assistance Program

This program provides qualifying dentists a payment in return for three continuous 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
Jacob Parsons, Office of Rural Health 
600 E Capitol
Pierre SD 57501
Phone: 1-800-738-2301 
South Dakota Department of Health