A University of North Dakota report estimates a potential statewide physician shortage of somewhere between 260 to 360 professionals by 2025. That’s quite a shortfall for the sparsely populated state.

The 2017 biennial North Dakota health report identifies rural health needs, particularly current and future physician scarcities, as a key factor in the wider picture of the state’s physical well-being.

In an attempt to address the matter of physician distribution, the medical school is offering incentives for medical graduates to pursue residencies and careers in rural communities.

Through the rural medical scholarship program, doctors who graduate from the UND SMHS in primary care or general surgery and then practice in a rural North Dakota community for five years can have their total medical school tuition and fees reimbursed by the state.

SOURCE: bismarcktribune.com, March 24, 2017