Applications are taken from September 1 to December 31 each year and are awarded in the order they are received until all loans are committed.
The Kansas Bridging Plan (KBP) is a loan forgiveness program available to primary care, OB-GYN, and psychiatry resident physicians in Kansas.
Each year the State of Kansas funds up to 14 slots for primary care, 3 slots for psychiatry, and 3 slots for OB-GYN. Matching funds from the State and a health care organization can provide a combined financial incentive of at least $26,000 ($10,000 from State funds available during residency) in exchange for a 36-month commitment to practice in an eligible Kansas community upon completion of residency training.
Eligibility and Application
Resident physicians in approved residency programs operated in conjunction with the State of Kansas and approved by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts are eligible to apply.
Applications are accepted Sept. 1 – Dec. 31 each year. Resident physicians are encouraged to apply during the first year of residency so the initial full $10,000 can be awarded throughout their training.
Eligible Kansas Resident Programs
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency Medicine
- Child Psychiatry
Eligible Health Care Organizations
The health care organization with which a KBP recipient signs a practice commitment contract is encouraged to match the State's loan amount up to $10,000 and loan an additional $6,000 upon completion of residency training. Health care organizations in 100 out of 105 counties in Kansas are eligible to accept KBP recipients (excludes Douglas, Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, and Wyandotte).
The loan agreement requires that the resident:
- Complete a one-month rural rotation during residency.
- Complete the primary care, psychiatry, or OB-GYN residency training program.
- Sign a practice commitment agreement with a health care employer in an eligible community.
- Commence full-time practice of medicine within 90 days after completing the residency training program.
- Engage in the full-time practice of medicine for 36-months in an eligible community.
Kansas Medical Student Loan (KMSL) and Kansas Osteopathic Medicine Service Scholarship (KOMS) recipients are also eligible to receive the KBP loan. The service obligations may be satisfied concurrently in a community that meets the requirements of both programs.