Rural Dentists Scholarship Program

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  • Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program FAQ

    • Since the practice site must meet two criteria, what defines a "rural" community?
      Though there are numerous definitions, the MRDSP Board of Directors have chosen to define "rural" as a community of 10,000 or fewer according to the most recent U.S. census data.
    • What does "medically underserved" mean?
      MRDSP utilizes HRSA guidelines which are based on the ratio of primary care physicians/1,000 patients, infant mortality rates, percentage below poverty level and percentage of the population over age 65.
    • Who approves the rural site where I will practice for four years?
      The MRDSP scholar can submit preferred practice sites for approval by the MRDSP Board of Directors. All sites must be in a community of 10,000 or fewer residents and be located more than 20 miles from a medically served area based on federal guidelines. Medically underserved areas (MUA's) follow federal guidelines and population is determined by the latest U.S. census.
    • When will I know if my practice site is approved?
      After submission of required information to the MRDSP Board, the scholar will usually get a response within a month. At the latest, practice sites must be approved at least 90 days prior to the completion of training. The new dentist must begin work in the rural area within 90 days of completion of residency to avoid being in default.
    • Do I have to practice in the same location for all four years?
      Though remaining in one location is desirable, dentists may relocate as long as the subsequent location meets the criteria and is approved by the MRDSP Board prior to relocation.
    • Who should I contact if I have questions during the application process?
      Contact MRPSP Executive Director Dr. Wahnee Sherman at or (601) 815-9022.