LECOM Students Help Set Record for DO Students Receiving Health Service Scholarships

DO Students Awarded 40 Percent of Physician NHSC Loan Repayment Scholarships

Osteopathic (DO) medical students comprise just under 20 percent of all U.S. medical students, but this year, they received 40 percent of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) scholarships awarded to medical students (DO and MD). Two LECOM students were among the 42 DO students receiving the limited number of scholarships.  Only 105 medical students receive the NHSC scholarships. Three more current LECOM students are receiving the scholarships after earning them last year.

For each year students receive a scholarship, they agree to a one-year service commitment providing health care services to underserved populations located in selected Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) identified by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The osteopathic medical education community has a strong tradition of graduating physicians who choose to provide care in rural and urban underserved areas, and osteopathic medical students may be particularly attractive scholarship candidates because of their affinity with serving those most in need.

  • The NHSC scholarship program awarded 211 scholarships in 2010 to students preparing to become physicians (MD or DO), dentists (DDS or DMD), family nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives or physician assistants.
  • The scholarships cover tuition, required fees, and some other education costs, tax free, for as many as four years.
  • Scholarships were awarded to 105 individuals studying to become physicians, both DO and MD.
  • Osteopathic medical students received 42 of the scholarships awarded to medical students, accounting for 40 percent of total physician scholarships awarded.
  • The osteopathic medical profession has a proud heritage of producing primary care practitioners and has a special focus on providing care in rural and urban underserved areas.

"Greater knowledge of the NHSC scholarship program among current and potential medical students could serve the dual purposes of reducing debt load and beefing up the nation’s primary care workforce (and the physician workforce in general)," says American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine President Stephen C. Shannon. "The bottom line is a win-win for students and the U.S. health care system alike."

The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and LECOM School of Pharmacy offer innovative and affordable education in osteopathic medicine and pharmacy. From campuses in Erie, Pennsylvania, Greensburg, Pennsylvania and Bradenton, Florida, LECOM provides student-centered pathways to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals. Prepare yourself for medicine as your life’s profession.

December 15, 2010
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