A few things I have learned since I know multiple people who went HPSP.Hello,
I’m right now in the process of applying to medical schools and I’ve been talking to recruiters for the HPSP scholarship. I have one concern. Are your options to go to competitive specialties limited? For example I want to do the Navy HPSP but I may be interested in neurosurgery in the future. Would it be feasible to do both?
1. Only go HPSP if you WANT to be in the military.
2. Do not do HPSP because you think you are going to come out ahead financially. The only time it’s worth it financially is if you go into a super low paying field and even then most of the time it’s not financially worth it. Hence, refer back to #1.
3. Yes, you can get into competitive specialties. I have two friends who matched ortho in the military. However, sometimes you are also limited. Our #1 in the class wanted ortho and didn’t match and is now doing military general surgery. So, again refer to #1.