Physician Recruitment

"...Based on Hawai‘i being able to maintain our current physician numbers by replacing those who retire or leave... by 2020 we will be 800 physicians short"
 
-Kelley Withy, MD, PhD, Report on Findings from the Hawai‘i Physician Workforce Assessment Project (2014)

A Critical Shortage of Physicians

Demand for physicians continues to rise faster than our medical schools can train them. Based on the Hawaii Physician Workforce Assessment Project Hawaii will face an overall shortage of 800 - 1500 physicians by 2020. The Neighbor Islands face an even greater challenge attracting physicians. Hawaii Island is projected to have 40% less physicians than the projected need.

The RHIC members have rallied to address the physician shortage by offering two subsidy programs aimed at recruiting new physicians to the East Hawaii area. 

Community-supported Subsidy

Funding of up to $100,000 will be used to support new physicians in the first two years of practice in East Hawaii. The payments will disbursed periodically during the two year period. New physicians will be required to practice in East Hawaii for an additional year after subsidy payments have stopped. 

Each subsidy requires a physician sponsor to assist with transition to Hawaiʻi Island medical practice.  There is a preference that the physician sponsor be a member of the East Hawaiʻi Independent Physician Association (EHI IPA).   The nature of the mentorship must be described in the application.

Hospital-supported Subsidy

Funding will be used to support a new physician in the first two years of practice in East Hawaii. The payments will disbursed periodically during the two year period. New physicians will be required to practice in East Hawaii for an additional year after subsidy payments have stopped. 

Each subsidy requires a physician sponsor to assist with transition to Hawaiʻi Island medical practice.  There is a preference that the physician sponsor be a member of the East Hawaiʻi Independent Physician Association (EHI IPA). The nature of the mentorship must be described in the application.

Funding (subject to availability) can support one new physician, annually.

Hawaii AHEC - Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program

The Hawaii AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Hawaii State Loan Repayment Program (HSLRP) is a federal grant to pay off educational loans for primary care and behavioral health providers who care for patients at non-profit organizations in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas. Support is available to leverage The County of Hawai'i's HPSA (Healthcare Provider Shortage Area) designation for Primary Care.

Program support may also be available for providers entering private practice. 

Providers who are interested in applying for this program are encouraged review information and download the application at the Hawaii/Pacific Basin AHEC wesbitehttp://www.ahec.hawaii.edu/loan/

Hawaii Solo and Small Practice Loan Repayment Program 

Are you a Physician that works for a solo and small practice?

Are you a provider that does not work for a non-profit organization? 

Is your practice committed to servicing an under served area of Hawaii for two years?

 

If so, we offer assistance with repayment of student loans through a new kind of loan repayment program called the Hawaii Solo and Small Practice Loan Repayment Program.  Contact staff Kim Kobayashi at kkobayashi@communityfirsthawaii.org or (808)756-9637 to start the process today!