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Community School Loan Repayment Program for New Adult Primary Care Physicians to the Rochester Area

To increase consumers’ access to adult primary health care in the Rochester region, four local hospitals, a major employer group and Excellus, the area’s largest health plan, have created a fund that will help new physicians pay for their schooling. Starting in 2012, approximately $600,000 per year for the next four years will be made available through local institutions to provide loan relief to primary care doctors in return for a minimum of four years of service in Monroe and contiguous counties.  

Funds will be administered through programs at Highland Hospital, Strong Memorial, Unity Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and the Rochester Integrated Health Network (RIHN). The network includes community health centers serving poor and low-income residents of Rochester including Anthony Jordan Health Center, Westside Health Center, Rochester Primary Care Network, Highland Family Medicine, and Rochester area hospitals. Physicians do not need to be employed by a hospital system or RIHN to be eligible to apply.

The program will be financed through a nominal surcharge on Excellus BlueCross BlueShield commercial member inpatient claims at the four hospitals with the backing of the Rochester Business Alliance.  Excellus BCBS will pay the hospitals directly.

Each institution will use funds to support at least one candidate per year for four years to subsidize loan obligations.  Institutions are free to divide the moneys among 2 or more candidates in a given year.  The goal is to assure a strong foundation for the future of primary care in the region.  Each institution will implement an application process allowing current practices that are recruiting and potential candidates for those positions to apply.  

Applications in all organizations will be open to Internal Medicine and Family Medicine candidates who are new to the practice of primary care in the Rochester region.  

The Rochester Integrated Health Network will be administering up to $ 120,000 per year over the next four years to subsidize loan obligations for new physicians to the Rochester community. The Rochester Integrated Health Network's primary focus is on individuals and families whose incomes are at or below 200-400% of the federal poverty guideline, and those who experience financial, cultural or social barriers to care.  To that end, successful applicants’ current target patient population will include a high percentage of underinsured/underserved people at 400% or less of the Federal Poverty Level.

Candidates who are new to the practice of adult primary care in the Rochester region are welcome to contact us for more information at info@therihn.org

Practices seeking new primary care physicians are also welcome to let us know of their needs at info@therihn.org

The following practices are looking for qualified physicians. Interested physician candidates should contact the following practice contacts to determine potential fit:

Unity Family Medicine at Orchard Street
158 Orchard Street
Rochester, NY 14611

Becky Jones
Physician Recruiter
Unity Health System
1555 Long Pond Road
Rochester, NY  14626
fax: 585-723-7180

His Branches – Grace Family Medicine
340 Arnett Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14619 

William Morehouse MD
His Branches, Inc.
Executive Director
340 Arnett Blvd
Rochester, NY 14619
(585) 235-9000

To read an article written by James Goodman and published by the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group on July 26, 2011 titled: "Initiative Aims to Attract Primary Care Doctors to Rochester Area", please see the downloadable file below.

To find out information on the funds administered through the hospital systems, please contact the individuals below:

Rochester General Hospital

Kathy Peishel
Sr. Physician Recruitment and Retention Liaison
The Office of Physician Services
Rochester General Health System
1425 Portland Avenue, Suite 595 MOB
Rochester, New York  14621
 (585) 922-9348


Becky Jones
Physician Recruiter
Physician Relations Department
Unity Health System
1555 Long Pond Rd.
Rochester, NY  14626
fax:  585-723-7180

Strong Memorial & Highland Hospitals

Lori Bush-Siracusa, B.S., B.A.
Center for Primary Care
155 Corporate Woods, Suite 100
HH Box 130
Rochester, NY  14623
Fax: 585-784-7843

Please contact any organization regarding your interest in the program.

Thank you.

click here to download file

Please send us an e-mail regarding your interest by clicking here.

The RIHN application process is as follows: 1) Submission of inquiries by physician candidates and practices, 2) Posting of recruiting practices for contact by interested candidates, and 3) Full application by both the recruiting practice and interested candidate.

There is no guarantee that posted practices and applicants would be chosen for loan forgiveness.