Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program

Application cycle: November 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Please note: HPEF recommends that you complete and submit your application 2-4 days prior to the January 31, 2018 deadline, as you may experience delays on the CalREACH website due to the large amount of applicants using the system on the deadline date. Please plan accordingly.

Who may apply?

To be considered for an award, you must:

  • Be an allopathic or osteopathic physician or surgeon
  • Be free of any contractual service obligations (i.e the National Health Service Corps Federal Loan Repayment Program or other financial incentive programs)
  • Have outstanding educational debt from a government or commercial lending institution
  • Have a valid, unrestricted MD or DO license to practice medicine in California
  • Be currently employed or have accepted employment as a primary care doctor or as a specialist at a qualifying practice site in a Health Professional Shortage Area-Primary Care (HPSA-PC) or Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA) in California
  • Commit to providing full-time medical services in a HPSA-PC or PCSA for a minimum of three (3) years

The Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program encourages recently licensed physicians and surgeons to practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Primary Care Shortage Areas (PCSA) in California. The program repays up to $105,000 in educational loans in exchange for full-time service for a minimum of three (3) years.

Steven M. Thompson Physician Corps Loan Repayment Program Map

In order to qualify, your practice site must fall in either a Primary Care Shortage Area (PCSA) or a Health Professional Shortage Area- Primary Care (HPSA-PC) and meet the requirements listed on page 2 of the Certification of Practice Setting Form.

Enter your work address in the map search bar to determine whether your practice site falls in a PCSA or a HPSA-PC. All work locations falling in a blue shaded area are either a HPSA-PC or PCSA. A work location falling in a grey area does not have a HPSA-PC or PCSA designation unless it is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center or a Tribal Health Clinic. Many rural health clinics have a HPSA designation that may not show on this map. If you work at a rural health clinic, contact a member of our program staff to check your HPSA status.

Once you have confirmed you work in either a HPSA-PC or PCSA, complete the worksheet on page 2 of the Certification of Practice Setting form to confirm your eligibility. You will be asked to upload this form during the application process.

If you need assistance, contact a member of our program staff.

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This page was last updated on Monday, February 12, 2018.

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HPEF has awarded more than 14,721 scholarships and loan repayments totaling more than $169.7 million to California health professionals serving in all 58 counties in areas of unmet need.

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