Curious how the NHSC works and where I can find what locations are available. Thanks!
a little late but here is the site that scholars use to find out what job sites are available at any given time. nhscjobs.hrsa.gov
As for your general question of how NHSC works, you can find most of this information by visiting their general website.
I am still in medical school and I am an NHSC scholar. So far things are pretty good. I have had very little paperwork. I get a monthly stipend and don't have a tuition bill to take care of. I don't know what things will be like in a few years when applying for jobs but so far there seems to be a variety of opportunities available in family medicine. This is less true for other primary care specialties, according to the website search tool. Some states have a much higher need for physicians than others, but it looks like decent positions can be found in decent locations. I have met one practicing physician, and NHSC scholar, who created her own position by finding a shortage area where she wanted to live that hadn't filled out the paperwork to be listed on the NHSC's website.
What was the application process like?
Can someone shed some light as to the competitiveness of the NHSC program? What percentage of applicants are admitted into the program? In the applicant brochure it says something like 210 awards for 1300 applications, is this true? If so, getting admitted into the program doesnt look very promising...
I left it here, so that people interested in rural medicine could also find their way to the Public Health Service/Indian Health Service forum (which is in an out-of-the-way place). Much of the information in this thread is in various threads in that forum as well.
In the coming week, I'll try to find similar threads in that forum, and sticky them...that way they'll be easy to find.
Is this scholarship program open to medical students regardless of their year? or do you have to apply to the program before matriculation?