To the Editor.
—As founder and director of the Area Health Education Center in South Texas, I was familiar with the fine work of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) long before I was appointed administrator of its parent agency, the Health Resources and Services Administration, earlier this year.I was surprised, therefore, to read the article by Dr Pathman and colleagues1 describing results of a study of NHSC scholars who served their obligations in rural areas in the late 1980s—a time when the NHSC was scheduled to be phased out of existence and hardly a period when optimal conditions could be expected or maximal support extended to those in the field.While thoughtful commentary on the NHSC is always welcome, the cohort studied by Pathman et al had experiences dramatically different from those of today's NHSC clinicians. The National Health Service Corps Revitalization Amendments of 1990 provided increased
Sumaya CV. The National Health Service Corps in the 1990s. JAMA. 1995;273(14):1087. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520380023012