Service Obligated Programs

Service obligated programs serve to incentivize healthcare professionals to provide care to underserved New Yorkers. Through these programs, healthcare professionals of various backgrounds are motivated to work in shortage areas or in difficult-to-recruit positions through loan forgiveness, scholarships, or immigration requirement waivers.

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  • Search the Database

    Find the best service obligated programs for your needs.

    This database provides information on all service obligated programs available to New Yorkers through an interactive database. Potential applicants can search by type of sponsorship (federal or state), type of program (loan forgiveness, scholarships, or immigration requirement waivers), or by the professions supported. The database also provides a summary of each service obligated program and a link to its corresponding website for more information.

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    Type of Sponsorship

    Program Type

    Profession Type

  • Glossary

    Find definitions to acronyms and common terminology.

    ARC
    Appalachian Regional Commission

    DANY
    Doctors Across New York

    H-1B Visa
    A 3-year (6 max) federal work exchange visa program for skilled professionals

    HPSA
    Health Professional Shortage Area; designations that indicate health provider shortages in
    primary care, dental health or mental health

    HRSA
    Human Resources and Services Administration

    IHS
    Indian Health Services

    J-1 Visa
    A federal work exchange visa program for foreign students and their dependents

    Loan Forgiveness/Repayment
    Grant or payment made to working health professional to assist with student loan debt return

    MUA/P
    Medically Underserved Area/Population

    NHSC
    National Health Service Corps

    OMH
    Office of Mental Health

    PCSC
    Primary Care Service Corps

    Scholarship
    Grant or payment made to student to subsidize cost of education (tuition, fees, etc.) while in pursuit of degree or training in healthcare field

    Service Commitment/Obligation
    Contractual work agreement between financial aid recipient and funder

Additional Resources

HRSA’s Health Workforce Connector

Identify active National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps sites and job opportunities at those sites.

HRSA’s Health Professionals Shortage Areas Finder

Search for approved shortage areas by geography or by address using the “Shortage Areas by Address”’ function under tools.

3RNet’s Healthcare Jobs Finder

Search for health care positions in rural and underserved areas.

Service-Obligated Providers Research Brief

Read a research brief on "The Impact of Service-Obligated Providers on Health Care in New York State".