What Is Dedicated to Minnesota Dentists

Note: Program criteria have been updated for 2016.

Dedicated to Minnesota Dentists (DMD), a competitive dental education loan repayment for service program, is a collaborative program of the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Dental Foundation.  DMD’s purpose is to increase access to dental care for rural and underserved patients, including patients enrolled in public programs, by attracting qualified dentists to practice general dentistry areas of rural Minnesota where there is a shortage of providers. The program is designed to encourage and support dentists who may otherwise not be able to work in an underserved area.

To advance this purpose, the location of the Applicant’s dental practice must be a) in a town or city with a population of less than 10,000, and b) in a federally-designated, Greater Minnesota (Rural) Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA), at the time of being awarded by the DMD Program.

The program provides dental education loan repayment for qualifying dentists who have committed to practice general dentistry full-time, at least four days a week, for five years in a Greater Minnesota (Rural)  Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) in Minnesota.  Qualifying dentists must agree to see at least 15% public program enrolled patients.  Award recipients are eligible for up to $200,000 of loan repayment for service.

For more information on Dental Health Professions Shortage Areas, go to the Minnesota Department of Health website.

To be considered all applicants must meet a set of criteria to be eligible for this loan.