If funds are available in the physician loan repayment fund created under section 3702.78 of the Revised Code and the general assembly has appropriated funds for the physician loan repayment program, the director of health shall approve an applicant for participation in the program if the director finds that, in accordance with the priorities established under section 3702.77 of the Revised Code, the applicant is eligible for participation in the program and the applicant's primary care specialty is needed in a health resource shortage area.
Upon approval, the director shall notify and enter into discussions with the applicant. The object of the discussions is to facilitate the recruitment of the applicant to a site within a health resource shortage area at which, according to the priorities established under section 3702.77 of the Revised Code, the applicant's primary care specialty is most needed.
If the director and applicant agree on the applicant's placement at a particular site within a health resource shortage area, the applicant shall prepare, sign, and deliver to the director a letter of intent agreeing to that placement.
Effective Date: 11-24-1995; 09-05-2006; 2008 HB562 06-24-2008 .