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UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES (USUHS)
The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) is located in Bethesda, Maryland. USUHS is a DOD run medical school where members of the Air Force, Army and Navy all attend medical school together. The Air Force sponsors approximately 50 students to attend USUHS each year. It is highly competitive receiving over 1700 applications for the 164 available scholarships that are divided between services. Individuals selected to participate as an Air Force member of the program are commissioned in the rank of Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps (MSC) and are considered to be on active duty while attending USUHS. These individuals are given all pay and benefits commensurate with their rank.
Individuals that attend USUHS must apply for Graduate Medical Education (GME) at the beginning of their fourth year of medical school. This must be done through the Joint Services Graduate Medical Education Selection board held in December of their last year. USUHS participants must do their GME at an active duty training location. This requirement is governed by public law and may not be waived.
USUHS accepts applications from civilian, ROTC, Service Academies, Active Duty and Reserve personnel. For further information, you should call USUHS at (800) 381-0660.
ARMED FORCES HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIP
The Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (AFHPSP) allows individuals to attend a civilian medical school of their choice with Air Force sponsorship. To be eligible to apply for the program, all applicants for the program must have an unconditional acceptance letter from an accredited medical school inside the United States or Puerto Rico. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age but less than 35 years of age at the time of commissioning. Three and four year scholarships are available.
AFHPSP participants are commissioned as Second Lieutenants, Medical Service Corps, and Inactive Obligated Air Force Reserves. Students enrolled in the AFHPSP will attend an accredited civilian medical school inside the United States or Puerto Rico. The Air Force pays all tuition, required books and fees and gives participants a monthly stipend. Currently HPSP participants are allowed to apply for both active duty and civilian residency programs through the Joint Services Graduate Medical Education Board.
National Health Service Corps
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) is dedicated to improving the health of the Nation's underserved communities. They have worked with organizations to assist students, clinicians, community, and sites looking for opportunities to improve and expand access to health care for Americans nationwide. (Note link above)