Despite the fact that South Carolina’s senior population exceeds 900,000, the state has relatively few physicians who specialize in the fields of geriatrics and geriatric psychology.
Are you an older adult looking for a doctor?
This page has information for doctors and legislators about our agency’s mission and programs. To find medical practitioners for seniors, caregivers, and adults with disabilities, please visit our resource site GetCareSC.com.
Established by law in 2005, the Geriatric Physician Loan Forgiveness Program was created to encourage physicians who are completing, or have completed, fellowships in the fields of geriatrics and/or geriatric psychiatry to practice in South Carolina by helping them repay their medical school loans. (South Carolina 43-21-200)
In exchange for the commitment to practice geriatric medicine in South Carolina for at least five years, qualified doctors can receive as much as $35,000 to repay medical school debt.
- It was the first loan forgiveness program for geriatricians in the nation.
- Since its inception, the Geriatric Physician Loan Forgiveness Program has awarded over $600,000 to 22 geriatric physicians and geriatric psychiatrists who have served over 10,000 South Carolinians.
- The Geriatric Physician Loan Forgiveness Program has improved the lives of the approximately 900,000 seniors who reside in South Carolina by incentivizing our nation’s finest geriatric specialists to practice in the state.
How do I apply for an ElderCare Trust Fund Grant?
Applying for an ElderCare Trust Fund Grant is easy. If your organizations has a program which accomplishes the mission of the ElderCare Trust Fund by helping senior to live in their communities with dignity and vitality, contact the Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging for a grant application packet.
The Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program is currently accepting applications until April 15, 2018. For an application, please contact Kay Taylor Hightower.