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August 21, 1991

Medical Education and Financial Assistance Programs Sponsored by US Government Agencies

JAMA. 1991;266(7):991-995. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470070121016

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Descriptions in this section were provided by the US government agency sponsoring the program.

ARMED FORCES HEALTH PROFESSIONS SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM (AFHPSP)  The AFHPSP, established by the Uniformed Services Health Professions Revitalization Act of 1972, is a Department of Defense educational assistance program with the goal of obtaining designated health professionals for military service. The program provides scholarships for eligible persons in accredited educational institutions within the United States or Puerto Rico in return for a combined active-duty and reserve service obligation. Currently, scholarships are offered by three branches of the service—army, navy, and air force—for study in the fields of medicine, optometry, and nurse anesthesia (master's degree). Scholarships for dentistry are being sponsored by the army and the navy; and scholarships for clinical psychology (PhD degree) are being sponsored by the army and the air force. The AFHPSP scholarship recipients receive a monthly stipend and payment for educational expenses that