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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 530. Regulations Governing the Virginia Medical Scholarship Program
10/22/2020

12VAC5-530-40. Definitions.

Part II
Definitions

Unless the context clearly indicates a contrary interpretation, the words and terms used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

"Accredited residency" means a graduate medical education program in family practice medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine or obstetrics and gynecology accredited by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education.

"Approved by the medical school that nominated him for the scholarship" means that medical school affirms that the graduate has accepted placement in an accredited residency or internship at a hospital or institution located in Virginia, or affirms that such placement has been accepted in a program not located in Virginia due to such placement through the match.

"Board" or "Board of Health" means the State Board of Health.

"Commissioner" means the State Health Commissioner.

"Designated state facility" means a facility operated by the Virginia Departments of Corrections, Youth and Family Services, or Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.

"First year resident" means a graduate of a participating medical school who has been accepted by an accredited primary care residency program approved by the medical school that nominated him for the scholarship.

"Interest at the prevailing bank rate for unsecured debt" means the prime lending rate as published in the Wall Street Journal on the last day of the month in which the decision to repay is communicated to the commissioner by the recipient, plus two percentage points.

"The match" means the National Resident Matching Program, a nationwide system by which medical school graduates are placed in graduate medical education programs by mutual agreement.

"Medically underserved area" means a geographic area in Virginia designated by the State Board of Health in accordance with the rules and regulations for the identification of medically underserved areas.

"Participating medical school" means the Eastern Virginia Medical School of the Medical College of Hampton Roads, or the Medical College of Virginia of the Virginia Commonwealth University, or the School of Medicine of the University of Virginia, or the James H. Quillen College of Medicine of East Tennessee State University.

"Penalty" means an amount of money equal to two times the amount of all monetary scholarship awards paid to the scholarship recipient.

"Practice" means the practice of medicine by a recipient in one of the designated primary care specialties in a specific geographic area determined to be fulfillment of the recipient's scholarship obligation.

"Primary care" means the specialties of family practice medicine, general internal medicine, pediatric medicine, or obstetrics and gynecology.

"Recipient" or "scholarship recipient" means an eligible medical student or graduate medical student who enters into a contract with the commissioner and receives one or more scholarship awards via the Virginia Medical Scholarship Program.

"Restitution" means the amount of monetary reimbursement, including repayment of all pertinent scholarship awards plus penalty and applicable interest as set forth in this chapter, that will be owed to the Commonwealth of Virginia by a scholarship recipient who is in default of his contractual obligation as provided for in this chapter.

"Southwest Virginia" means those cities and counties in Virginia that are located in Planning Districts 1, 2, and 3; they include Bland County, City of Bristol, Buchanan County, Carroll County, Dickenson County, City of Galax, Grayson County, Lee County, City of Norton, Russell County, Scott County, Smyth County, Tazewell County, Washington County, Wise County, and Wythe County.

"Virginia medical scholarship" means an award of an amount specified by the General Assembly in the Appropriations Act made to a student enrolled in a participating medical school or to a graduate student of a participating medical school pursuing the first year of graduate training at a hospital or institution approved by the participating medical school that nominated him for the scholarship and for which the medical student or graduate medical student entered a contractual obligation to repay.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12, 32.1-122.5, 32.1-122.5:1, 32.1-122.6, and 32.1-122.6:01 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR355-40-400 § 2.1, eff. July 3, 1991; amended, Volume 10, Issue 21, eff. August 10, 1994.

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