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Residency FAQ

Must I match with a pediatric or other approved 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 dentistry in the state of Mississippi and affords opportunities to search for desirable practice locations.

Since the practice site must meet two criteria, what defines a "rural" community?
Though there are numerous definitions, the MRPDP 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.

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 dental school or residency training. The new dentist must begin work in a clinic within 90 days of completion of dental school or residency to avoid being in default. The scholar can have their practice location(s) approved at any point during dental school or residency.

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.

What if I default on or breach the scholarship contact?
For individuals in breach or default, 6% non-compounded interest accrues from the date of the first award. If in default or breach, the participant will have 120 days to repay the money (with interest). The participant will begin repayment immediately after defaulting on or breaching the scholarship contract