2018 Faculty Loan Repayment Program
Accepting applications through Thursday, June 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
Apply today for the 2018 Faculty Loan Repayment Program!
The Faculty Loan Repayment Program provides individuals who have an interest in eligible health profession careers with the opportunity to receive loan repayment while serving as faculty members at accredited and eligible health professions schools.
Participants will receive up to $40,000 for two (2) years of service to repay the outstanding principal and interest of qualifying educational loans. Applicants must obtain all qualifying educational loans prior to the application deadline of June 28, 2018.
Before You Apply
Before you apply, read the annually updated Application and Program Guidance. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of the contract.
To be eligible, all applicants must:
Join our Faculty Loan Repayment Program Technical Assistance Call.
Thursday, June 7
HONOLULU (KHON2) – Hawaii is facing a critical shortage of doctors, and it’s expected to get worse.
Though a known problem for years, Dr. Kelley Withy, instructor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine said, “We’re starting with a shortage and we’re not making up for it. We have an aging population so it’s just getting worse and worse.
“We’re not training enough, not recruiting enough, and many who do come from the mainland leave,” Withy explained. “Sometimes they can’t afford a house. Our salaries are low here compared to the mainland. We are (ranked) 50th out of 51 states (and Washington D.C.) for salary reimbursement.”
Research from the John A. Burns School of Medicine show the state is short 700 doctors. Of those, 282 are primary care physicians.
“These are last year’s numbers. We’re doing this year’s numbers and it’s looking a little worse,” said Withy. “If you’re in Honolulu and you’re 18 years old. There’s a lot of pediatricians who can’t find a lot of doctors for kids who age out. So you may be 25 and still seeing your pediatrician.”
The state is in dire need of specialty doctors, including surgeons, orthopedic, infectious disease, critical care, and pulmonary.
The shortage is worse on the neighbor islands.
“If you break your leg in a car accident on the Big Island, you may have to wait a lot time to see an orthopedic surgeon. You may have to be medevaced here. You may be bleeding a lot, and it could get serious,” said Withy.
To fix this, the school is adding more training facilities so medical students aren’t just learning on Oahu.
Over at the Capitol, Rep. Linda Ichiyama, vice chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee, is pushing for another way to alleviate the problem.
“It’s a new and different way of looking at it we haven’t done before,” said Ichiyama.
Ichiyama wants the state’s insurance commissioner to regulate requirements for health provider networks.
The insurance commissioner would look into wait times for an appointment, the ability of the insurance providers to meet patients needs, and if there are enough doctors on each island.
To view the full article and video, please visit: http://www.khon2.com/news/local-news/hawaii-needs-hundreds-of-doctors-with-shortage-expected-to-worsen/1103889819
You’re invited to a fascinating “Music, Resonance and the Brain” workshop on Saturday April 14, 2018.
Across the country, hospitals are noticing the changes that occur when sound and music is administered. Hospitals, as in Honolulu and Phoenix, are preparing to do in-depth research about the changes that take place in the brain to help in balance and gait, mood swings, blood pressure, oxygenation and memory just to mention a few of the areas where noticeable differences occur.
Our three speakers are:
- Christina Tourin, MT, CHTP, is acclaimed for her teaching methods and is the Director of the International Harp Therapy Program: http://HarpTherapyInternational.com
- Anita Chen Marshall, DAOM, PharmD, PhD, LAc, will give an introduction to a unique form of Chinese medicine healing, one that uses sound and music to harmonize the body meridians and to invigorate the body’s energy for wellness.
- Elizabeth Chen Christenson, MD, LAc, will give a short presentation on evidence-based research on the effectiveness of therapeutic harp interventions.
In the afternoon with Christina, you will receive repertoire, instruction as well as the theoretical knowledge being offered in the morning workshops.
Be part of the dynamic pioneering of Harp, Music and the Brain! I hope you can join us! If you can – please respond to Christina Tourin. (see flyer for information). If you know of musicians, harpists or healthcare providers who may be interested, please feel free to forward on this message.
The early bird price has been extended, just mention that they received the information later than 4/10.
Ronnal Dalmacio said she’s someday considering a career in nursing.
So when the 15-year-old Pahoa High School freshman got a chance to attend Hilo Medical Center Foundation’s annual Teen Health Camp on Thursday, she jumped.
“It’s been pretty cool,” Ronnal said that morning as she mixed up a container of “silly putty” during a workshop designed to demonstrate the science of pharmacy compounding. “I think (the camp) will help me decide if I want to work in the medical field or not.”
Ronnal was one of nearly 300 East Hawaii teens who participated in the free camp this year, its largest turnout ever. The goal was to expose students to various health care-related careers in Hawaii, which historically has experienced a shortage of physicians and other medical workers.
In addition to compounding, students got to learn how to suture, put on an arm cast, practice calculating body mass index and take blood pressure.
Workshops were led by older health care students, including medical students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and pharmacy and nursing students from UH-Hilo.
“Hands-on is always better but medicine is very hard to do hands-on,” said Yuki Yano, a teacher at Kamehameha Schools Hawaii, which had about 20 students at the camp. “You don’t have lessons to do so. So when you do these types of hands-on activities, hopefully it helps pique their interest in health care as one of their future career options.”
During Thursday’s wound suture workshop, groups of students were huddled around stations set up with manikin arms, scissors and sewing materials. The suturing process was akin to sewing with a fishing hook and required steady hands, they explained.
“Learning how to finish the knot,” was the most difficult part, said Pahoa freshman Ayden Hau. “You have to do it just right or it won’t come out.”
“I’ve had stitches myself so I can remember how they were able to do it in surgery,” added Kamehameha senior Lia Wengler. She’s not considering a medical career at this time but thinks “it’s super interesting to learn how these things are done.”
A second teen health camp is scheduled for April 7 at Kealakehe High School.
Article from the Hawaii Tribune Herald. Email Kirsten Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preparing Your Loan Information
Your National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program application must include information on your unpaid student loans to support undergraduate or graduate education, which led to your health professions degree.
For a complete listing of loans that qualify for repayment, see page 10 of the the 2018 Application and Program Guidance.
The NHSC classifies loans into two categories, Federal or private/commercial. Applicants may submit loan information either electronically (Federal only) or manually.
Applicants will be required to provide two types of documentation for each manual loan that is being submitted for consideration: (a) an account statement and (b) a disbursement report. For additional information on what information needs to be included on these documents, please see pages 39-41 of the Application & Program Guidance.
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Helpful Application Resources
Remember – the NHSC Loan Repayment Program Application deadline is Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM ET.
2018 NHSC Scholarship Program
Accepting applications through
To be eligible for a scholarship, all applicants must:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen (either U.S. born or naturalized) or U.S. National
2. Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student
3. Be attending or accepted to attend an accredited school
4. Be located in a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory
5. Be eligible for federal employment
6. Not have an existing service obligation
7. Submit a complete application
Learn more about the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program and application process.
5 Things Hawaii: Kelley Withy, Topical Agenda, Castle Medical Center
I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend before the holiday season gets a little too busy! I always find this time of year to be a good reminder to say thank you to everyone who is working to move the health system forward. So, mahalo nui for all that you do and (as always) thanks for reading our stuff.
Here’s 5 Things We’re Watching in Hawaii health care and health policy.
1. Video: Dr. Kelley Withy on measuring quality
Dr. Kelley Withy is the Director of the Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is also a professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine. She joins us in this edition to talk about finding solutions for healthcare providers.
“We have quality metrics but one thing, for example one thing I heard is that the five Medicaid insurance companies request that their quality metrics be reported in a different way. Same numbers, different patients, different reporting methodology…Why can’t they report it the same way for all the insurance companies?”
See the video and full article here: https://stateofreform.com/5-things/hawaii-5-things/2017/12/5-things-hawaii-kelley-withy-topical-agenda-castle-medical-center/
Virtual Job Fair
Tuesday, November 28
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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) developed the Health Workforce Connector to help current and future health professionals, like you, find careers in underserved areas.
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Now you can create a searchable profile where you can highlight and share your professional experience, education, and employment preferences with sites searching for qualified candidates.
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