Program hopes to attract more practicing dentists

West Virgina hopes more denists will decide to stay here and practice dentistry here upon graduation. Analysis by the state says of the 189 graduates between 2007 and 2010, 75 chose to stay in state and practice dentistry. Others who got degrees from West Virginia University's School of Dentistry moved on. In 2011, only six graduates stayed in West Virginia, according to school records. A new program has been announced by WVU officials that offers loan reimbursement to five students who commit to practicing in West Virginia. The Dental Workforce Loan Reimbursement program is federally funded and provides up to $50,000 over the course of two years to students who practice in one of the state's shortage areas.