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Military Loan Repayment Programs

Discussion in 'Radiation Oncology' started by Stanky, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Stanky

    Stanky 2+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    I recently matched and I am becoming worried about finances during residency. I've always wanted to serve in the military, anyone know anything about the military support programs and what kind of obligations they require. Their websites of course focus on all the benefits (which seem amazing) without really disclosing the requirements. Thanks.
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  3. stephew

    stephew SDN Super Moderator Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    my understanding was that the military is no longer supporting radonc spots as of about 2004. However don't hold me to this. BUt I do know something changed about then.
  4. Adawaal

    Adawaal 7+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    A friend of mine who is currently a chief resident is going to be serving four years for the Air Force as a Rad Onc doc starting in July.
  5. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Search the milmed forum for information on the Financial Assistance Program (FAP). The opinions there are pretty strong, and may or may not be a good counterbalance to the "all positive" info you've been reading.
  6. radonc

    radonc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    nci/nih is a military program...
  7. manman2


    Apr 22, 2007
    The NCI/NIH program has a total of 6 residents. They accept two residents per year (one civilian, one military). The rotation cycle is 2, 2, 2, 0. They have both civilian and military Attendings and the program is still going strong. As to whether the military offers financial assistance during residency for those who have already matched in return for service as a military Radiation Oncologist, I do not know. You perform your payback time in one of four locations:
    1. Washington D.C./Bethesda, Maryland
    2. San Antonio, TX
    3. Honolulu, Hawaii or
    4. Tacoma, Washington (Just outside Seattle).
  8. radonc

    radonc Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2002
    the nih/nci program is undergoing a lot of changes...PD leaving, some of the military attendings are leaving, a new chairman at nih (<1 year), and more.

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