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How to Recruit, Retain & Hire Clinicians

You can use your status as a National Health Service Corps (NHSC)-approved site to recruit and hire new clinicians and help retain current staff.

How to Recruit Clinicians

Inform potential clinicians of your NHSC-approved status

They may be eligible to apply for loan repayment assistance.

Hire an NHSC scholar and/or an NHSC Students to Service participant (if eligible)

NHSC Scholars and NHSC Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) participants must work at NHSC-approved sites in federally-designated Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) of greatest need.

Each year, we calculate data, which helps us determine the minimum HPSA score a site must meet to recruit and hire NHSC scholars and NHSC S2S LRP participants. We publish each year’s score in the Federal Register in late spring.

How will NHSC clinicians learn about your site?

If your site is eligible to hire an NHSC Scholar or S2S LRP clinician, you can post a position on the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) Customer Service Portal, which directly feeds into the Health Workforce Connector.

NHSC Scholars receive a travel allowance to attend pre-employment interviews at eligible NHSC sites with an opening. This provides you an opportunity to interview scholars and showcase your community.

How many NHSC Scholars may your site hire?

Eligible NHSC sites are able to hire one NHSC Scholar each year in each of the following disciplines:

  • Physician (Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO))
  • Dentist
  • Nurse Practitioner (post-graduate degree with clinical practice focus)
  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Physician Assistant

How many S2S LRP clinicians may your site hire?

Each year, an eligible NHSC site may hire one S2S LRP clinician per discipline:

  • Physician (Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO))
  • Dentist (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry or Doctor of Dental Medicine)

S2S LRP clinicians do not count against the number of NHSC scholars allowed at any given site.

Can your site hire additional scholars or S2S LRP participants?

Yes, we consider these requests on a case-by-case basis. Your site must demonstrate special circumstances that prevent your site from effectively meeting the health care needs of your community.

To request an additional scholar or an additional S2S LRP participant, complete our Additional Clinician Request Form (PDF - 465 KB).

How long is the NHSC clinician’s service commitment?

Each scholar’s service commitment is equal to the number of years he or she received scholarship assistance. This amounts to between two and four years working at an NHSC-approved site.

An S2S LRP clinician must serve in a full-time capacity for at least three years at an NHSC-approved site.

When does their service commitment begin?

An NHSC participant starts receiving credit for service immediately at already NHSC-approved sites.

If an NHSC clinician begins working at a site before that site becomes NHSC-approved, their creditable time doesn’t begin until after the site becomes NHSC-approved.

Are there requirements for job offers to NHSC Scholars and/or S2S LRP participants?

Yes. If your site offers a job to an NHSC Scholar or S2S LRP clinician, the job offer letter must:

  • Be printed on company letterhead.
  • Be signed by the NHSC site or personnel representative.
  • Include your site’s name and address, where the NHSC clinician will be working.
  • Indicate the number of hours the NHSC clinician will work at your site.
  • Include the anticipated start of employment date.
  • State whether your site will pay for the NHSC clinician malpractice and tail coverage.

Create a site profile and post job openings

  • Input your site’s information into the BHW Customer Service Portal.
  • That information—displaying as your site profile—will then appear on the Health Workforce Connector.

    Using the Health Workforce Connector allows you to reach thousands of clinicians actively seeking work in communities with limited access to care.

Participate in Virtual Job Fairs

  • Virtual Job Fairs connect you with job-seeking primary care trainees and practicing clinicians.

How to Hire the Best Clinicians

In your NHSC Site Agreement (PDF - 303 KB), we require that you use—at a minimum—a clinician credentialing process including:

This is especially important during the employment verification of a new NHSC applicant and those NHSC scholars assigned to NHSC-approved sites.

What is the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB)?

The National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) is primarily a flagging system that can alert you to a problem with the competency or conduct of an NHSC participant.

As part of its mission to improve health care quality, protect the public, and reduce health care fraud and abuse in the United States, HRSA maintains the NPDB.

What should your site do upon receiving a report from the NPDB?

  • Use the report to complete a more comprehensive review of NHSC clinician’s background and qualifications.
  • Use the information in combination with other sources in making determinations on employment, affiliation, clinical privileges, certification, or other decisions.

How to Retain Clinicians

Inform current clinicians at your site that they may be eligible to receive loan repayment

  • They must apply for, and we must select them to receive a loan repayment award.
    • Loan repayment money will be in addition to the salary you offer.
  • NHSC participants are also eligible to apply for a continuation contract.
    • Provides additional financial support in return for extended service.
    • Supports the retention of NHSC participants at NHSC-approved sites.


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