Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
You currently have no recent searches
Liman, Joan P. MD, MPH; Swan, Kenneth G. MD
Dr. Liman is associate dean for student affairs, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; Dr. Swan is professor, Department of Surgery, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; both in Newark, New Jersey.
As we observed in a previous publication,1 despite their considerable level of indebtedness, a surprisingly large percentage of students graduating from our institution were unaware of military medical education programs that would cover the costs of their professional training. This led us to conduct a more extensive review of all four classes at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School to determine whether this was a class- and time-specific phenomenon or whether it prevailed throughout the institution. We developed a questionnaire to address the medical students' awareness of financial assistance programs sponsored by the military that would pay for their medical education in return for military service as a physician. We administered this instrument to members of the classes of 1997 through 2000 during their orientations at the beginning of the 1996–97 academic year. When asked whether they were aware of any program that would pay for their medical education in exchange for military service, only a third to half responded in the affirmative; very few of them (4–7%) could name the program. Only 22–33% were aware of any program that would repay a portion of their education loans in exchange for military service, and 0–2% of them could name the program.2
When queried about the appeal of Department of Defense (DOD) loan-repayment programs, 30–44% of the four classes favored the one known as the Health Professionals Loan Repayment Program, which provides repayment for physicians in the Reserves who are board eligible in a wartime-critical specialty. Smaller percentages favored the Specialized Training Assistance Program, which provides a monthly stipend during each year of residency training in specialties critical to wartime requirements. Relatively large percentages (24–36%) indicated that none of the DOD programs held any appeal for them. When questioned regarding their willingness to serve in the military under various conditions (e.g., in time of war, during peace-keeping operations, as a reservist), the most popular response was “would not consider serving in the military under any circumstances.”2
Clearly the DOD needs to better publicize its financial assistance programs. In addition, it needs to enlighten medical students regarding the high caliber of residency training programs in the military so that they are considered viable choices for postgraduate medical education. Despite the increasing level of indebtedness faced by our students, most profess ignorance about military career opportunities offering financial assistance with tuition or loan repayment. What is even more striking is the disinterest they display when given information about such options.
© 2000 Association of American Medical Colleges
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Academic Medicine.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection