Provider Recruitment and Placement

What We Do

Established in 1975 as part of North Carolina State Office of Rural Health, Placement Services remains dedicated to the recruitment and retention of primary care physicians, dentists, psychiatrists and other primary care providers to the rural and underserved areas of our State. We have developed strong and ongoing relationships over the years with the State’s primary care residency programs across the state. All placement services are provided at no charge.
ORH works with federal, state and local entities to identify shortage areas of primary care, dental or mental care providers. These areas are designated as health professional shortage areas (HPSA) according to federal guidelines, making them eligible to qualify for federal funding and services.
Provider Recruitment and Placement Program Profile


Physicians, Psychiatrists or Dental Providers

ORH actively recruits medical, dental and behavioral health providers who can offer care in rural and underserved areas. The available opportunities are located in a variety of practice settings including Federal Community Health Centers, Rural Health Centers and County Health Departments.

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Find Practice Opportunities

J-1 Visa Practice Opportunity Requirements

  • Current specialties accepted include: FP, IM, PED, IM/PED, OB/GYN

  • Foreign applicants should call 800-533-8847 for a J-1 Information Packet

  • J-1 Visa Waiver applications must come directly from the hiring entity, not the applicant, along with a signed contract

J-1 Visa Waiver Guidelines

We do not provide the contact information to the communities, hospitals, or Health Professional Shortage Areas


About Practice Incentives

The shortage of primary health care providers (including mid-levels) in North Carolina is significant, particularly in the state’s rural areas. There is also a severe shortage of psychiatrists, dentists and dental hygienists who serve Medicaid, uninsured and low-income patients. In response to this shortage the state has pioneered innovative approaches for placing health professionals in underserved communities. One of these approaches has been the development of practice incentives for primary care providers.
For more information on incentives for primary care providers, please click here


Related Program Resources

Rural/Urban Map for North Carolina Office of Rural Health

2017 Safety Net Sites Map

State Fiscal Year 2016 Provider Recruitment and Placement Coverage and Placement Map for North Carolina


Partners of Placement Services

Area Health Education Center
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians
North Carolina Psychiatric Association


Additional Resources

North Carolina Foundation for Advanced Health Programs
National Health Service Corps
NCMB Licensee Search - North Carolina Medical Board
North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners
DHHS Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services
North Carolina Community Health Center Association
NC Academy of Family Physicians
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants: NCAPA
NC AHEC | Health Care and Education Service
Nurse Practitioner | North Carolina Board of Nursing
NC Social Work Certification and Licensure Board: Home
North Carolina Medical Society



North Carolina Placement Services Program
Office of Rural Health
2009 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

Cindy Leighton


Clint Cresawn
Toll Free 1-800-533-8847