Originally Posted by koojo
By the way, I made a summary of the different programs offered by the National Guard for med students.
A few questions/comments:
1. Any chance you could paste this as HTML or at least convert it to PDF after making a few corrections? I don't think too many folks would be thrilled loading a word document from an unknown source.
A few corrections/clarifications:
2. The Federal Tuition Assistance
of $4,500/year is on a funding-as-available basis. It is not guaranteed as funds can run out each year.
3. For HPLRP
, if you take this three year loan repayment during a three year residency, if your MSO is up, you now owe an additional three years, correct? The language the Guard uses in your document is (intentionally, I think) vague. I have heard that the "three year service commitment" begins AFTER you finish the three years of HPRLP, which means you owe an additional three years, even though the language of the program makes it sound as if you do not occur any additional obligation.
4. For Guard's Healthcare Professional Bonus
, you mention $25K being paid out in the final year of HPLRP, which is not the case. The Guard's Healthcare Professional Bonus is paid out to residency-trained physicians and you can take it for up to three years (totalling $75K), but you incur a three year additional obligation. My understanding is that these three years begins after the three years in which you have taken the HPB, correct?
5. For both HPLRP and HPB, you left Psychiatry
off the list. This is an approved specialty for both.
6. For Special Pay Program
, does your three year commitment begin after the three year bonus is paid out (in other words, if you sign up for SPP in 2008, it finishes paying out in 2011. Does your 3 year obligation begin in 2011?)?
7. For Clerkships
, I have been told that National Guard has the same priority as civilians for military clerkships, so most are functionally closed to us. Let me know if that's incorrect, but I have heard this from multiple sources. We do nt have the ability to do clerkships like HPSP or active duty folks do.
8. For OBLC
, training is 25 days, not 22 (actually, 27 days if you count the day in/out-processing).
9. For deployments
, it is not correct that you can not be deployed while you are a resident. The language actually states that you can not be deployed as an intern. Once you finish internship, you are technically deployable. There is a 2001 memo stating that residents would not be deployed, but the memo states that the Surgeon General reserves "the right to withdraw or modify this policy should it become necessary to provide medical support to future Army operational requirements."