The enrollment period has opened again for medical students to get tuition money from Ministry Health Care.
The Medical Student Loan Repayment program enables students to get up to $200,000 wile they're enrolled in a medical education program. In turn, Ministry asks the student to commit to at least five years practicing at one of the groups' medical facilities.
Medical education program manager Brant Bergeron says this program helps bring in doctors to rural areas, where he says it's difficult to find enough doctors...
".....in 2010 we started the loan program with our first student. As of 2014 we now have six students enrolled in the program and we are opening the applications for 2014...."
Bergeron says the offer extends to specific types of practice...
".....we are interested in medical students interested in rural primary care, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or internal medicine-pediatrics, in one of the communities where Ministry Health Care has a clinic or hospital..."
Ministry pays the tuition in $50,000 installments over four years. The doctor then goes to residency. After residency, the doctor then comes the the Ministry facility for five years.
Bergeron says the application deadline is March 3, with more information on the Ministry Health Care website.