Cover: Medical Student Financing and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

Medical Student Financing and the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program

Published 1982

by Victoria Daubert, Daniel A. Relles, Charles Robert Roll, Jr.


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 3.5 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 Format Price
Add to Cart Paperback97 pages $30.00

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 HEW's National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships, the competitive position of the AFHPSP had been eroded. This report describes the analysis and presents the results of a 1977 survey of first and second year medical students, carried out in late 1977. The purpose of the research was to identify AFHPSP benefit changes to ensure that the AFHPSP would remain a viable source of physician procurement. The empirical results suggested that after the transition to full NHSC funding, DOD would 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 shortfall. As the empirical evidence has testified, the prediction was accurate.

This report is part of the RAND report series. The report was a product of RAND from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.