SHOI Service

Scholars for a Healthy Oregon Initiative (SHOI) Service Commitment

SHOI gives students the opportunity to make a difference in underserved communities of Oregon. During your time as a SHOI scholar, it is beneficial for you to explore a variety of communities and practice opportunities to maximize your chances of securing employment at an eligible site to meet your service commitment.

What is the SHOI Service Commitment?

  • One year of clinical service in an approved rural Oregon practice site in exchange for each year of funding granted plus one additional year
  • Service shall begin no later than 90 days following completion of a primary care residency, or graduation from physician assistant or nurse practitioner training program
  • Participant must provide a minimum of 32 hours/week of clinical practice in an approved  Oregon site
  • Eligible practice sites  will be located in a rural federally designated HPSA, MUA or an Area of Unmet Need as designated by the Oregon Office of Rural Health

Career Planning

ORH provides support for SHOI students by helping identify eligible practice sites, connecting you with eligible sites that are hiring and monitoring your employment hours while you are fulfilling your service commitment.

Students and residents will receive annual check-in and reminder emails from our office, asking about your practice interests and preferences. We’ll refer you to posted opportunities based on your preferences and do outreach on your behalf, as needed.

You can access rural and other underserved job postings on and our office will forward other eligible opportunities but it is beneficial for program participants to research clinics in communities of interest to expand your options.

We’re also available to meet with students individually. Contact us at | 503-494-4450 | toll-free 866-674-4376.

It is important to remember that SHOI scholars are ultimately responsible for securing their own employment at an approved service site, but we are here to help connect with as many opportunities as possible.

Approved SHOI Service Sites

SHOI service sites must be approved by the Oregon Office of Rural Health. Please inform us of sites that interest you so we can verify that they’re approved and have an eligibility application on file with our office.

Frequently Asked Questions