Workforce Recruitment and Retention

Physician Placement Services

The University of Vermont Medical Center residents and fellows seeking to practice in Vermont, in any specialty, have access to the AHEC Physician Placement Professional, Jennifer Savage. Placement services include: letting residents/fellows know where the physician openings are in their specialty, connecting them to the appropriate contact for the opening, and letting them know about national and state educational loan repayment opportunities for primary care positions.

The University of Vermont Medical Center residents and fellows interested in practicing in Vermont should contact:

Jennifer Savage
Physician Placement Professional
800-442-3531

Educational Loan Repayment Program

The Vermont Educational Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals is funded by the State of Vermont through the Department of Health, and is administered by the Larner College of Medicine Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program. The goal of this program is to ensure a stable and adequate supply of healthcare practitioners to meet the health care needs of Vermonters.

Who may be eligible?


  • Primary Care Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Nurse Educator/Faculty

View the Educational Loan Repayment Program Application page for information about eligibility and application requirements.

Vermont AHEC Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Networking Day

Approximately 40 health care organizations participate in this annual fall event at the University of Vermont to foster connections between health care organizations and health professions students, medical residents and fellows. The event provides a forum to discuss career opportunities, clinical rotations, and community-based projects.

See the Events & Calendar page for this year's date.

The Freeman Medical Scholars Program

The purpose of the Freeman Medical Scholars Program is to meet the needs of Vermonters by assisting medical students who matriculated at the Larner College of Medicine in the classes of 2001-2012 to become Vermont physicians, especially in rural and underserved areas.

In 2000 the Freeman Foundation and Family began a scholarship program at the Larner College of Medicine which has proven to be a lasting investment in health care for the state of Vermont. For over a decade, scholarships were provided to hundreds of Larner College of Medicine students who promised to return to practice in Vermont. The final group of Freeman Scholar medical students graduated in May 2012.

See a complete list of Freeman Medical Scholars (PDF).

The investment made by the Freeman Medical Scholars Program is paying off. Currently, 146 Freeman Medical Scholars are in practice serving Vermonters. Our Physician Placement Professional, Jennifer Savage, connects with Freeman Medical Scholars still in training to learn of their practice interests and then matches them to the practices in Vermont where they are needed.

The Freeman Foundation Legacy Medical Scholarship Program has been established in honor of the Freeman Foundation and Family and aims to continue the legacy of their philanthropy at the University of Vermont in providing resources to recruit and retain the most capable and compassionate physicians to serve the health care needs of Vermonters.

Please direct questions about the Freeman Medical Scholars Program and current Practice Openings in Vermont to:

Jennifer Savage
Physician Placement Professional
800-442-3531