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  • Residency FAQ

    Must I match with a primary care residency program in Mississippi?

    While it is not mandatory for scholarship recipients to complete a residency in Mississippi, it is highly desirable as it gives training physicians an in-depth look at the unique challenges of practicing medicine in the state of Mississippi and affords opportunities to search for desirable practice locations. The newly created Office of Physician Workforce will be a source of information on practice opportunities across the state.

    Since the practice site must meet two criteria, what defines a "rural" community?

    Though there are numerous definitions, the MRPSP Board of Directors have chosen to define "rural" as a community of 20,000 or fewer according to the most recent U.S. census data.

    What does "medically underserved" mean?

    MRPSP 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 ambulatory clinic site where I will practice for four years?

    During residency, the MRPSP scholar can submit preferred practice sites for approval by the MRPSP Board of Directors. All sites must be in a community of 20,000 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?

    At the latest, practice sites must be approved at least 90 days prior to the completion of residency training. The new physician must begin work in the ambulatory clinic 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, doctors may relocate as long as the subsequent location meets the criteria and is approved by the MRPSP Board prior to relocation.