Neither the Board nor its staff can help someone with acceptance into a residency training program. All interested individuals must enter the National Resident Matching Program for entry into graduate medical education programs. See information regarding the match on the NRMP website: http://www.nrmp.org/.
Currently, there are 109 rural underserved areas in the state. “Rural underserved area” means a GBPW-approved rural county in Georgia with a population of 35,000 or less, according to the most recent United States decennial census or any hospital or facility operated by or under the jurisdiction of the following Georgia Agencies: Department of Public Health, Corrections, Juvenile Justice or Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
Facilities falling under jurisdiction of the mentioned state agencies must include physician employment by an approved agency or, in the case of contracted employment, the physician must be treating patients of the approved agency with equal provisions given to that agency's missions.
All materials and application forms for loan repayment programs must be postmarked by November 1st. The Board will review all applications during its January meeting and vote on which applicants will receive the awards.
The default process is explicitly stated in each contract. The contract includes a penalty of double the principal award amount received for:
(1) Failure to begin or complete the full twelve-month service commitment in the location named in the contract;
(2) Failure to meet the 40 clinical hours per week full-time practice commitment; or
(3) Failure to provide Board staff with access records and other information necessary to document compliance with contract terms.
If part of the service obligation is completed, the penalty may be prorated on a monthly basis respecting the actual service and total service obligation. The cost of attorney fees and other expenses associated with collection are assessed in addition to the double default penalty.
For the Georgia Physician Rural Loan Repayment Program see below:
A participant who breaches GPLRP obligation will be subjected to paying an amount equal to the sum of the following:
the total of the amount paid by the GPLRP to, or on behalf of, the participant for loan repayments for any period of obligated service not served; and
an amount equal to the number of months of obligated service not completed multiplied by $7,500; and
interest on the above amounts at the maximum legal prevailing rate, as determined by the treasurer of the United States, from the date of breach, except that the amount to recover will not be less than $31,000; and
the total amount owed is due within one year of the breach.
Once the application is complete and all supporting documents have been received, the Board uses a weighted scale to rank all applicants. Some of the items considered in the scale are the health outcomes of the county, where the applicant practices, the practice type, the debt of the applicant and the specialty.
No, the practitioner must practice “full-time” at the Board-approved location specified in the contract. "Full-time" refers to the minimum number of hours of work required per week to fulfill services obligation (40+ hours per week). Full-time is considered at least 32 clinical hours, providing direct patient care during normal clinic hours at the approved practice site. Remaining hours must be spent providing inpatient care to patients and/or in practice-related administrative activities. On-call hours are not considered part of the full time requirement.
The data for Board reports is obtained from the Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB), who collects the information as received from its licensees during the license renewal process. We typically examine data from a complete license renewal cycle, which is two years for licenses issued by the GCMB, before drafting a workforce demographics report.
A practice opportunity fair is an event held multiple times per year in conjunction with different graduate medical education programs where resident physicians can interact with recruiters and human resource representatives from various hospitals around the state regarding employment opportunities.