Medical Student Financing and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The principal source of physician procurement for the Department of Defense since the end of the draft has been the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program AFHPSP, authorized in 1972. As a result of subsequent legislation authorizing HEWs National Health Service Corps NHSC scholarships, the competitive position of the AFHPSP has been eroded. This report describes the analysis of a sample survey of medical students, carried out in late 1977. The purpose of the research was to analyze survey responses to recommend benefit changes to ensure that AFHPSP would remain a viable source of physician procurement. The empirical results derived from the survey of first and second year medical students suggested that DoD would, after the transition to full NHSC funding, fall short of its requirements for medical AFHPSP accessions by about 400 students per year. The analysis also suggested that increasing service compensation by about 7,500 1978 dollars per year would fill the short-fall. As the empirical evidence has testified, the prediction was accurate.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
- Medicine and Medical Research