MILLINGTON, Tenn. – For those interested in a career in the medical field, the Navy has the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) to help fund graduate-level professional training – throughout residency. Upon graduation, fellows will become officers and professionals serving in the Navy health care world as a dentist, physician, nurse, health scientist, health care administrator, or care provider. clinics.
The HPSP provides 100 percent of the cost of tuition from a qualifying dental school, medical school, or postgraduate school; an enrollment bonus of up to $10,000 for dental school and medical school applicants; and a monthly stipend of over $2,200 to cover living expenses for up to four years. Beyond financial assistance, many officers believe HPSP has helped them in multiple ways, including providing life experiences that most civilians do not get through their jobs.
“I think you have to watch what they want,” said Capt. Kenneth Bonaparte, MD, senior medical waiver authority for Navy Recruiting Command. “The Navy offers a lot of things that others don’t. A person must be able to look at what he is actually looking for. For example, the experience of a civilian in the civilian sector. Many do not travel. They can’t sit with the Marines. They can’t be on a boat. There is leadership training that the Navy provides, I believe, that you will not get in the civilian sector. You actually have to look at all of these other factors. It is not the dollar amount with which life should be measured.
The benefits of this program become apparent once one considers the strict parameters of medical school and how those same parameters make it difficult to finance one’s education if one has to pay one’s own tuition.
“No medical student is allowed to have a job outside of school,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Porter, MD, acting program manager for the Department of Navy Medicine Acquisitions in the Office of Navy Medicine and Surgery, and a graduate of HPSP. “It probably sounds weird, but basically the financial aid packages you receive as part of being a medical student are designed to encompass all of your needs, not just tuition and books. Financial assistance programs are there to give you extra money to live on and to have a place to live. Because med school is so intense and you have to work in hospitals all the time and study all the time, you are not allowed to have an outside source of income for any type of work. It was definitely a godsend for me to receive this HPSP money during my time in medical school. »
When asked what time is the best time to speak to a recruiter, Cmdr. Jennifer Eng-Kulawy, MD, director of plans and policies for the office of the chief medical officer, offered an approach of seizing the initiative as early as possible.
“The best time [to speak to a recruiter] it’s once you’ve made a firm decision to go to medical school,” Eng-Kulawy said. “I think we spoke to a lot of people who started very early. If you are a real go-getter, I think starting when you start applying or at least when you start putting everything together in writing in order to start applying to medical school is the perfect time to apply for HPSP.
While other military branches also participate in the HPSP, being part of the Navy has specific advantages unique to service at sea.
“Something that I think is a selling point that a lot of people don’t realize is that if you go into Navy medicine, you’re also serving the Marine Corps,” said Capt. Wayne Smith, MD. , responsible for Navy Medical Corps assignments. Staff Command. “Navy medicine takes care of the Marine Corps, so I think that alone is a selling point: you’re not just Navy; you are also the Marine Corps. I think of an expeditionary force and its readiness when I think of what the Marine Corps is. We have a culture of resilience.
Interested personnel considering starting a career in the medical field should speak to a local recruiter who can help them learn more about applying for the HPSP. This program can help fund a fulfilling career as a nurse, doctor, dentist or other role in the broad medical field through the HPSP.
Navy Recruiting Command consists of a Command Headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, Naval Reserve Recruiting Command, and 26 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the world. Their combined goal is to attract the most qualified candidates to ensure the continued success of the United States Navy.
For more information on the Commander of Navy Recruiting Command, visit http://www.cnrc.navy.mil. Follow Navy Recruiting on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MyNAVYHR), Twitter (@USNRecruiter) and Instagram (@USNRecruiter).
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