Which branch of HPSP should I choose?

I get a lot of questions from people who are considering a military scholarship for medical school about how to decide which branch of service to join. I can’t tell any one person where they will be the happiest, and of course it’s no secret which branch of service I chose for myself (the Air Force). My information on the Army and

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Ranking Two Specialties in the Military Match

I have gotten a lot of questions recently about ranking a second choice specialty in the military match. The Joint Services Graduate Medical Education (JSGME) application allows you to rank two specialties if you desire. If have a pretty good idea of how the JSGME (military) match works, then read on. If not, check out this article to review the

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Military Scholarships for Physician Assistant Students

I have had a few questions recently about the military scholarships for PAs. There are a couple of different programs to consider, and they vary by branch. We will talk about each option, what differentiates them, and then the generalities of what makes you competitive. In general, these programs are smaller than the MD/DO programs, and accept far fewer applicants per

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I want to be a ____, should I do HPSP?

I get a lot of questions about specialty choice and the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). For those unfamiliar with HPSP, it is a program in which the military pays for medical school. In return, you owe the military a certain number of years of service after graduation. For more information on HPSP and how it works, see this article. For

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Dealing with Tricare Line of Duty Claims

Some people, like me, are unlucky enough to get injured during military training while on HPSP. It all seems simple enough while you’re at the training course – you go to the medic, they patch you up, and you go about your day. But what happens when you need more care than that? What happens when you need physical therapy

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Reader Questions: So you want a civilian deferral – Army version

Hey Indy, Do you know how the civilian deferral process works for the Army match?  I’ve heard rumors that you can’t actually rank civilian deferral on your rank list.  Instead, civilian deferrals are given out based on the Army’s need.  Is there any truth to this? I really appreciate your help. You may have already read the original So you want

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Reader Questions: Do I have to rank civilian deferral?

Hey, first off, thank you for your site and sharing info. I am currently a third year medical student in AFHPSP as well. And I’m not really interested in civilian deferred position. So if I am interested in EM and FM or IM, can I put multiple EM as primary, FM or IM and secondary and not put civilian deferment in my rank

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HPSP Student To-Do List, by Year

In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions… I get a lot of questions from people about what they should be doing. It goes something like this: “Um… I’m an M1 and I started classes a week ago… Am I supposed to be doing something to prepare for the military match?” Or this: “I’m in my last week of M3 and

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Introducing the Military Residency Wiki

Here is my latest project – the military residency wiki. As a student, I felt like I didn’t learn what I really wanted to know about the military residencies until it was too late. To help other students, I decided to create the military residency wiki, to create a resource for military residency applicants. I’m trying to create pages on

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How to apply for the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)

I have been meaning to write this post for a while, and I recently got an email that spurred me to just write it. The question was when and how to apply to the Air Force Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). So, here goes! A basic rundown of how to apply to HPSP. Who should I talk to? You should

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