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Schmitz Appointed to National Advisory Council for Health Service Corps

Posted 8/28/19 (Wed)

Professor and Chair of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) Department of Family & Community Medicine David Schmitz, MD, has been named to the National Health Service Corps’s (NHSC) National Advisory Council. The appointment is for a three-year term.

The NHSC looks to address America’s shortage of primary care providers by awarding scholarships and offering loan repayment services to providers in eligible disciplines in exchange for their service to underserved regions of the country, particularly in rural areas whose residents often have limited access to health care.

“This appointment will be a great opportunity to serve North Dakota in a national capacity regarding workforce allocation,” noted Dr. Schmitz, who came to the SMHS in 2017 after years of practicing rural medicine in Idaho.

Schmitz is board-certified in Family Medicine and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is recognized across the United States for his rural medicine scholarship and advocacy.

NHSC has been strengthening and growing the country’s primary care workforce since 1972.



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