A military physician cares for an infant.  A military physician cares for an infant.

Part-Time Service Options for Students + Residents

By serving part time in the Military, medical students and residents can participate in stipend programs that can help pay for their schooling. Regardless of where you are in your training, serving in the Reserve or Guard can provide you with invaluable experience and other benefits.

Medical and Dental Student Stipend Program (MDSSP)

The MDSSP offers over $2,000 a month in exchange for a service obligation in the Reserve or Guard components. The service obligation is one year of service for every six months you accept the stipend. To apply, you must be accepted into an accredited physician of medicine or physician of osteopathy degree program.

STRAP (Specialized Training Assistance Program)

For those who have been accepted into an accredited residency program, STRAP offers a stipend of over $2,000 a month in exchange for one year of Reserve or Guard drilling for every six months that you receive the stipend.

TMS (Training in Medical Specialties)

TMS is a program for residents open only in the Navy Reserve. As with all other Reserve and Guard programs for residents, you will receive a stipend of over $2,000 a month. When your training is complete, you must serve as a Navy Reserve lieutenant with an obligation of one year of service for every six months of training you received.