West Virginia is doing its best to increase the number of dentists in the state.
West Virginia University’s School of Dentistry recently awarded a $1.5 million grant to the state. The goal is to entice the school’s graduates to practice dentistry in the state.
The grant will aid in the funding for loan repayment programs for West Virginia students who end up staying in state.
West Virginia already has a shortage of dentists. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that 35 percent of the state dental workforce is likely to retire during the next 10 years. Programs like this are the best way to add an influx of dentists.
Students at WVU had previously lobbied legislators for some type of loan repayment program.