An Air Force medical student wears a stethoscope. An Air Force medical student wears a stethoscope.

Medical School Scholarships

For future and current medical school students, the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) offers two-, three- and four-year military scholarships. The HPSP covers civilian medical school tuition, pays for fees, provides a monthly living stipend and includes a signing bonus under certain conditions. This scholarship is offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force, and the benefits are the same across all three Services. For those who hope to apply to HPSP, selection boards tend to look at all aspects of a person's application — leadership, extracurricular activities, fitness, grades and scores — so they can determine who will succeed in both medical school and the Military.

What to Expect in Medical School

As an HPSP scholarship participant, you will be an officer in the Individual Ready Reserve. For that reason, your requirements and benefits differ in some respects from service members on Active Duty. You do not wear a uniform to your classes, you are not eligible for active-duty pay unless on training orders and you are expected to attend officer training if you can fit it into your academic schedule. In the fourth year of medical school, you will start interviewing for residency positions, and you will participate in a military match process and possibly a civilian match process, which will determine where you go for residency.

Service Commitment

In some instances, after you obtain your license, rather than going directly into a residency, you can fulfill your service commitment as a General Medical Officer (GMO), which is similar to being a general medical practitioner, except you are attached to a specific unit, air wing, ship or submarine. The role of GMO is available only in the Navy and Air Force.