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Commentary
May 13, 2009

Grow the US National Health Service Corps

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Isaacson Miller Inc, Boston, Massachusetts (Mr Saxton); and Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (Dr Johns).

JAMA. 2009;301(18):1925-1926. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.660

President Barack Obama has called for the renewal and expansion of volunteerism and national service so that citizens everywhere can help address serious national challenges. This call has been embraced across the country and even across party lines. Both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate have responded with bipartisan legislation designed to encourage such service.1 This broad initiative presents the health professions with an extraordinary opportunity to renew health professions' basis in charity while modeling service, wellness, and chronic care programs essential to health care reform. The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) could be the best place to start.2

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