National Health Service Corps Scholarship Recipient Retention Study


This study examined the retention and distribution of the 6,300 NHSC allopathic physician scholarship recipients graduating from medical schools for the years 1975 through 1983. The roster of these scholarship recipients was linked with American Medical Association data to provide information on their location, specialty, and practice status. Recipients were examined in terms of their propensity to remain in their original ZIP code, county, state, and rural/urban status location. In addition, their locational patterns were compared to other graduates. Recipients’ specialty, type of practice, and NHSC length of obligation were also evaluated.